We spoke with Marisol Rodríguez
Cultural journalist, curator, independent researcher, editor and co-founder of Mono Ediciones. She currently works as a freelancer for Confabulario, the cultural supplement of El Universal in Mexico, Letras Libres, and other publications and and websites in Mexico and abroad.
What surprises you in a new artist?
I think the category of novelty is elusive and very complex. In any case, there are works that surprise me all the time, regardless of whether they are done by young, old, living or deceased artists. I especially appreciate expressions capable of approaching the world with critical sharpness, a sense of history, and plenty of humor.
What technique do you think will prevail in the coming years, where are the trends heading?
Painting, which a few years ago was almost invisible in the contemporary arts landscape, is making a strong comeback at the hands of young artists who defy all the concepts surrounding it. Nevertheless, what I think we will begin to experience much more is the development of augmented reality and new technologies applied to art and its mediation in museums and institutions.
How do you see the artistic panorama in our post-Brexit world?
The legal, practical, and identity adjustments that Brexit is provoking will affect the various European realities, in and outside the UK. Meanwhile, the migrants of the whole world who travel, escape, find refuge or look to settle down in countries other than their own for different reasons have always faced these and much bigger problems: the harassment of institutions, an absurd and contradictory bureaucracy, skepticism, episodes of discrimination, inequality of opportunities, etc. In this sense, perhaps a sharper awareness of the realities of migration beyond Europe will develop. There is already an increasing number of artists from all backgrounds dealing with this, as we can see in the current Venice Biennale, for instance. We will undoubtedly continue seeing these themes explored as the issues of immigration deepen around the globe.
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