Paola Félix Meza, (Mexico City, 1992) studied Visual Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Design of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In 2014 she was granted the DGECI-UNAM “Student Mobility” scholarship in order to study in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universitat Politècnica de València, in Spain. She has taken part in several solo and collective exhibitions, both in Mexico City and abroad.
She is mainly interested in artistic research, particularly in the relationship between works of art and society and in the diverse possible forms of exhibiting artistic projects in which the main focus is transferred from the “end product” to the “process” through which it is achieved. These factors have motivated her to join the Vorticidad project and its team. Furthermore, she is concerned with the intersection of art with other disciplines, which led her to organize the workshops: Convergencias entre Moda & Arte (Casa Vecina, 2013).
I have become involved in Vorticidad in the precise moment in which I am most interested in artistic projects that seek to have a closer relationship with society. Although, it might seem a bit obvious to say that everything that happens within a specific social context will be reflected in the artistic practice, it is essential to analyze those practices that seek to establish a direct relationship with their audiences or to make them part of the development of the art work, since they generate a series of dynamics which will ideally have an impact in a determinate time and space.
I think choosing Mexico as the starting point of this project is relevant due to the large number of changes this country has gone through over the past decades, along with the rest of Latin America. Of course, these changes have been an important detonator for the creation of a series of projects, which can be conceived (both in the local and global level) as a result of the criticism of the social, political and economic structures, etc.
Coupled with all this, I believe Vorticidad will work as a platform that will enable the visibility of several Mexican projects without burdening them with the usual notion of exoticism or nationalism associated to them. I am excited to think that this project will reach a wide audience, thus revealing the voices of the different artists and curators who have participated of the constant rotation between knowledge and forms of artistic creation.