Eduardo Sarabia | A thin line between love and hate, 2005 | Hand-painted ceramic vase, silkscreen box
Eduardo Sarabia
Eduardo Sarabia

Eduardo Sarabia

Born in Los Angeles, USA, 1976; lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico

As a teller of stories, Sarabia develops his works through a travel-intensive, research-based process in which the histories and mythologies of various communities are mined in order to unveil how our understanding of the world is constructed through fact and fiction. Working in drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and installation, Sarabia deconstructs the clichés and stereotypes that result from tense moments of cultural contact, instead depicting textured narratives informed by the movement of bodies, capital, and materials—both licit and illicit—across geographies and undefined terrains. The works showcased in New Territories were also featured in Eduardo Sarabia, the artist’s first museum survey, organized by the Instituto Cultural Cabañas and guest curated by Cesar Garcia, Director/Chief Curator of The Mistake Room. The exhibition included installations that explored a range of themes tied to the peoples of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula: drug trafficking and its impact on popular culture, the quest for Pancho Villa’s hidden treasure, the world of spirits and shamans, and ancient Mayan myths about the end of our current era. Through Sarabia’s work, we come to understand how our individual perspectives of the world are tied to broader social processes, and how our dreams, desires, and fears are assembled not by only our own lives and imaginations but also by forces in other lands, real and imagined.

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