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Alfadir Luna

Alfadir Luna (1982) Lives and Works in Mexico City

Alfadir Luna obtained his BA in Visual Arts from the National School of Arts, (now Faculty of Arts and Design of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM). Amongst other things, he performed a series of studies upon aesthetics, art and violence at the Colegio de Saberes (Knowledge School) from 2010 to 2011. His work focuses mainly on the processes related to the theories of knowledge and on artistic interventions at specific sites. Since 2006 he has carried out his work within the context of public markets in Mexico City and the social structures that constitute them. His work has also been shown in various public venues both in Mexico and abroad, such as: Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO) in Monterrey Mexico , Guest Projects in London, and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.



Bernard Vienat (BV) – Your work has different reading-levels which are related with disciplines such as, anthropology and sociology to name a few. Within this interdisciplinary nature, how do you define the artistic part of the procession?

Alfadir Luna (AL) – I consider the artistic quality to be present in that work in two main things: One is the experience caused by this action and the other its enunciation, and off course the working together of both. I’m not thinking of this as a relationship of correspondence, but as a problematization between what is done and said and obviously I’m not thinking about telling some great truth, or explaining what is happening, but in addressing the problem of body and enunciation in such an intricate place as are markets.

To me, the artwork comes to be in that liminal field between enunciation and action, in which if we stop for a second, we would be able to feel where exactly is the figure of speech employed to say that which did not exist until this symbolic language created. On the other hand, there is the experience, the performance, the visual attractive and plasticity of the piece. Also in this we can see the artwork taking form. But, for me, what really matters is to explore the space between the two of them, which is an open field and allows us to imagine and propose other possibilities. It not only raises the notion of living something as if it were already happening, as a world that has just appeared, but suddenly this field looses all correspondence with its surroundings, making us wonder why this is happening why here?, where does this belong ?, what is this?



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