Friday, 8 May 2009
art from my land
In Jalisco, where I'm from, there are around twelve ethnic groups. One of them is the Huicholes (who live actually in between Jalisco and Nayarit). We saw Huicholes in Sayulita and I spent a fortune in their chucherias.
That's the good thing about being away. I come back to Mexico and notice things that have become part of the landscape. All my life I've seen them around selling their crafts and even having huichol things at home, but just now I've noticed how very psychedelic, abstract and beautiful this art is.
In the past, the Huicholes were fierce warriors and now they are artists, when they are not farming. My kind of people. Yes yes yes. They are still tough cookies, dammit, it is very difficult to extract a smile or some piece of information about the meaning of their colourful artwork and they never ever allow you to take a picture of them.
In their craftsmanship, the recurrent theme are their deities. The God Peyote, The God Deer, The God Corn, etc. There are a few Huichol artist who even exhibit regularly in galleries in other countries. The most important, I think is José Benítez Sánchez, who is also the governor of an indigenous community he helped found. I think he is also a shaman and got more than two wives... He sounds to me like a great guy.