Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions




Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions

September 6, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Tracing the founding of El Museo del Barrio by Raphael Montañez Ortíz at the end of the 60s, an era of social unrest and radical activism in the United States as well as throughout the Americas, the works in this exhibition target colonialism, imperialism, urban neglect, and cultural hegemony with a vast array of weapons, including irreverence and humor. The artists confront the status quo with a wide range of disarming conceptual strategies and aesthetic detonators. The fire that surfaces in some of the artworks points to an equally dangerous and alluring element that consumes and transforms, one that must be handled with care.

Playing with Fire: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions purposely welcomes impolite, undomesticated, rebellious, hilarious, and even sacrilegious discourses and gestures that stick out their tongues at oppressive systems and push for the re-politicization of society and the art space.

The exhibition, as part of El Museo’s Carmen Ana Unanue gallery is guest curated by multi-disciplinary artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez.
See below for the list of participating Artists in this exhibition:


Manuel Acevedo
Maris Bustamante
Nao Bustamante
Papo Colo
Abigail DeVille
Alejandro Diaz
Adonis Flores
Ester HernándezJavier Hinojosa (b. 1956, México, D.F.) with the collaboration of Melquiades Herrera (Mexico, D.F., 1949-2003)

Jessica Kairé
Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez
Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga
Carlos Ortíz
Pedro Pietri
Jesús Natalio Puras Penzo (APECO)
Quintín Rivera Toro
Juan Sánchez

Javier Hinojosa (with the collaboration of Melquiades Herrera) Melquis es amor y arte II, not dated, photograph, 11″ x 14

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