Travesía Cuatro CDMX is pleased to present the first exhibition dedicated to the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti in Mexico. The show proposes a comprehensive survey of Boetti’s work, approaching different moments of his artistic practice: starting with his contributions to the Italian poveramovement; then hisarazzi, a series of text pieces embroidered in Afghanistan and concluding with his ballpoint pen drawings and other works on paper.
The Mexican artist, Mario García Torres is one of the most significant Latin American artists internationally, he has dedicated a great part of his career to evoke and re visit the figure and practice of Boetti. Therefore, as a way of dialogue and continuation of the conceptual concerns and spirituality of Boetti, García Torres has been invited to present new works created especially for this exhibition, extending his own research on the Italian artist.
García Torres highlights Boetti’s dissatisfaction towards conventional notions on identity; so he extends himself as a sort of narrative twin and an accidental collaborator in the context of the exhibition. García Torres and Boetti share a strong tendency to fade away the limits between reality and fiction, creating narratives that merge together memory, space and time. Authorship is constantly questioned within the works by García Torres and Boetti, this enables the artists to participate in a broader narration, just as ancient oral traditions which can only exist as collective memory. This sort of storytelling is motivated by speculative obsession rather than the necessity of historiographic precision.