“Des fleurs qui ne se taisent pas” Cervantes Institute Toulouse, France. Opening march 17th / april, 2020 Cancelled due COVID 19
Being already an, albeit young-hearted, adult, I had the good fortune to discover myself as a creator. It was with great excitement that I took up a brush, and something magical occurred: it is as if I were the messenger for something much larger than myself, and I began to create marvels that I never conceived myself capable of creating.
While I am creating, I feel an excitement so intense that I feel butterflies; it impassions me, and I wish to never be without it.
I study and go from one studio to another with the hopes of learning, experimenting, and discovering…time is insufficient! Some time ago I used to attend literary lectures–my other passion– given by the great Germán Dehesa, and I began to sense the need to combine both my knowledge and ability to create.
Ever since I was a child I observed the poor treatment that women in my surroundings were subjected to. This offended me greatly, yet I repressed my feelings of hopelessness for years…until now. I have become conscious of the fact that I am a privileged woman in my country, but nonetheless, and perhaps rendering it thus more important, I feel the need to contribute to the promotion of awareness towards this situation.
It is without a doubt thanks to painting that I found the way through which to give voice to the context of violence within many Mexican women are forced to live. In order to better understand them I studied their cases, investigated the judicial proceedings, and gathered data. This information provided me with various narratives that I have transferred to canvas. Within my work I assume much of the social negligence for having failed to protect, care for, and aid these women in achieving respect, as well as a better standard of living.
Painting has thus become the medium through which I may vindicate these women and provide the visibility that they deserve. This process has motivated me to continue working in a reflexive manner. Art has become a resource that reverberates my evident discontent with injustice and the short-term memory of history. Memory, after all, is the most important resource we have to prevent history from repeating itself.
Georgina Calzada October 2019
Georgina Calzada Mexico City, 1959-
Georgina Calzada has constructed her trajectory by investigating the topic of women and migrants, focusing on the importance of human rights and of the “other” as a marginalized person in society, a factor that the artist finds to be of the utmost importance for human relations.
Her current project revolves around Feminicide, one of the greatest tragedies affecting Mexico, and one that has caused the suffering and anonymous death of thousands of women within Mexican borders for over twenty-five years.
Convinced that the only way in which to vindicate the lives of these women is through remembrance, Georgina paints a flower for each murdered woman, utilizing color to illustrate the potential of a lost life. Through this artistic production, the artist seeks to transform the blank stare that we’ve been trained to use towards horror, one that has made us insensitive to the pain of others. A flower expreses the beauty of the human state that has been violently uprooted and whose death has become only a number that we add each day to the flow of our indifference.
Another parallel project, titled Las de la Voz, is one which the artist has been similarly working on for a number of years. It seeks to pay homage to the Mexican women who have dared to speak up on a daily basis, some of whom have reached international notoriety.
Georgina Calzada Mexico City – 1959 Mexican
2020 October/November Special Guest in Documentary about Femicide, The great tragedy Producer Alain Maiki
“Desigualdad en pandemia” Exposición Internacional Virtual Respiro luego existo
“Liquid duality “ Exposición Internacional Ríos y Colectivo Puceart Bordeaux, Francia
2020Marzo/Abril “Des fleurs qui ne se taisent pas” Instituto Cervantes Toulouse, Francia
Exhibitions and solo projects
2020 Enero/Febrero “Des fleurs qui ne se taisent pas” Instituto Cervantes Bordeaux, Francia
2018, Sept./Oct. “Flores Mexicanas” Instituto Cultural Mexicano Copenhague, Dinamarca
2018 , Agosto “Flores que no se callan” Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos CDMX, México.
2018, Marzo “Flores Mexicanas” Instituto Cervantes Viena, Austria.
2017, Marzo «Flores marchitas, feminicidio como destino» Tribunal Federal de Justicia Administrativa CDMX, México
2016, Noviembre “Flores marchitas y más” Galería Casa Europa San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
2015, Junio “Withered flowers” European Development Days 2016 Bruselas, Bélgica.
Recent collective exhibitions
2018 “Homenaje a Francisco Zenteno Bujáidar” Instituto Politécnico Nacional CDMX, México
2017 “Mural de la Hermandad” Muro fronterizo Tijuana Baja California, México
2016 “NO NAME” Museo Rufino Tamayo CDMX, México
2016 “L’alose et le huachinango, le art du voyage” Bordeaux, Francia
2015 «Mexiko Stadt der Hoffnung» Judenplatz Vienna, Austria.
2015 5th. Painting & media competition Lessedra Art Gallery Sofía, Bulgaria.
2015 «Les insumises, Flora, Tina, Olympe et les autres” Collectif Memorie: Puceart Les amis de l’ormee Bordeaux, Francia