Prisioners of our own sins
These series are reflection of the artist´s view on the current political and social situation in Mexico. A desire of a new country were people have same opportunities. So many excess of corruption, obstruction of justice, inequality. All these feelings are expressed in these series.
Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna, better known as Marie Antoinette, was the last queen of France who helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and to the overthrow of the monarchy in August 1792. She became a symbol of the excesses of the monarchy. As consort to Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette was beheaded nine months after her husband by order of the Revolutionary tribunal. A lot of corruption and stealing has been found on top Mexican Government officials, living luxurious lifestyles that poor people in Mexico can not even imagine. The artist creates a direct analogy between last Marie Antoinette’s times and the current political and social situation, were hopefully will be the last days of the anarchy in Mexico.
We as a society are also part responsible for this situation that resembles a circus because we simply let these things happen, even tough we don’t approve it we don’t do tremendous efforts to solve it. The artist has need to put in paper, in canvas, so that 20 years from now we can as a society never forget what got us there and hopefully learn from our mistakes as a society.
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As sweet and as tempting as some of the elements in these series look, such as the macarons, it is a direct reference of how sweet and easy to be in coalition with Mexican government or to take advantage of the corrupt system in order to benefit from it. It may look sweet, easy, delightful but at the end it is just plain corruption. Just privileged part of society can benefit from having an easy life with excess without working, or “working” colluded with the government or with people that don´t follow the correct path in business making.
Prisoners is also a reflect of how difficult is to young Mexican low income families to succeed educationally-economically in life. The image of a “Marie Antoinette” like images creates the idealization of a certain status is practically impossible to achieve.
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