Mexico's Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Miguel Angel Isidro inaugurated a Mexican art exhibition, at Bayt Lothan in Salmiya area on Sunday, as a part of the embassy celebrations of the 40th anniversary of launching diplomatic relations between Mexico and Kuwait.
The four-day exhibition titled 'Toys, Masks, and Stories: A Vision of a Mexican Artist', by Mexican artist Polina Porras Sivolobova (hyperlink), sheds light on the myths of Aztec empire, a triple alliance of three native tribes that ruled Central and Southern regions of Mexico between 1428-1521.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Mexican Embassy and government, in cooperation with the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) and Bayt Lothan. "Back in 1975, Mexico and Kuwait decided to start their bilateral relations. Since then, there have been some exchanges in different fields," Ambassador Isidro stated to local media, congratulating H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the 40th anniversary of the successful bilateral relations between his country and Kuwait.
The Mexican diplomat said that the Mexican-Kuwaiti bilateral exchanges have not reached their desired level yet, adding that his country's government is aiming, through this exhibition, to start a more interactive cultural relationship with Kuwait.
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"We intend to boost our bilateral cultural cooperation with Kuwait through this exhibition. One of my main goals as an Ambassador to Kuwait is, precisely, to increase the interest of Kuwaitis in Mexico in a broad sense," he said.
Isidro also stressed the importance of increasing mutual exchanges between the two countries in various fields, including cultural, noting that this exhibition is a good start to achieve that. "In this exhibition, the Kuwaiti audience will get to know a little bit about Mexico, about our indigenous past, about Polina's work as a very talented woman who holds deep affection and passion for her Mexican roots and heritage," said the Mexican diplomat.
He expressed his gratitude to NCCAL's Secretary General Ali Al-Youha, as well as Bayt Lothan's Director General Sheikha Amal Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Sheikha Farah Fawaz Al-Sabah, General Manager, for the support they have provided to present the exhibition.
For her part, Porras said that she intends to introduce the Kuwaiti audience to her own personal interpretation of Aztec myths through two puppet shows, adding that her exhibition showcases the "Aztec Universe" as a vital part of ancient Mexican mysticism and how it reflects on modern day life.
"The first work, entitled 'The Alebrijes in Search of the Sun', is about the sky and the Aztec concept of creation, in which a group of Alebrijes, traditional wooden Mexican toys of fantasy creatures, embark on a journey to search for the sun after its disappearance from the sky," said Porras. She added that her second work, entitled 'Journey to Mictlan', introduces the audience to the ancient Aztec myth of Mictlan, the underworld or the place of the dead, in which a group of children engage in a conversation about a possible journey to this mysterious place.
"I want the people to know about a different aspect of Mexico's history and learn them in a very friendly and playful way," the Mexican artist said, extending her invitation to the public in Kuwait to attend and enjoy the exhibition.
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Porras' artwork spans multiple disciplines such as drawing, artist books, video, photography, performance, and puppets. She has been exploring her Mexican roots through the use of autobiography, myth, and storytelling. Her artwork has been shown at the Queens International 2004, the Smithsonian Institute in New York City, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the Contemporary Art Museum in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Art Jericho in Oxford, UK.
The exhibition will carry on until 26 August at Bayt Lothan. Pass by anytime during working hours: 9 am- 1 pm and 5 pm - 9 pm.
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Workshop is for ages 13+
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