‘We are your future/Somos su futuro’

October 5, 2016 | Back Page | Volume 20 Issue 20
Ray Dirks | Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery

“We Are Your Future/Somos Su Futuro” opened at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg on Sept. 9. The exhibition focusses on the lives of women from the indigenous community of Tlamacazapa, Guerrero, Mexico. It features etchings by Cuernavaca artist Alejandro Aranda and watercolour paintings by gallery curator Ray Dirks, along with palm weaving by 30 women from Tlamacazapa.

Four visitors from Mexico, including Aranda and two Tlamacazapa weavers, attended the opening and other events in the gallery and at Morden Mennonite Church and Winkler’s Covenant Mennonite Church.

Also attending was Susan Smith, director of Atzin Mexico, the organizer of the exhibition. Ruth and David Wiens, formerly of Covenant Mennonite and long-time volunteers with Atzin, initiated the contact with Dirks about 10 years ago, which eventually led to the exhibition.

The exhibition has already toured in Mexico. It will be at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery until Nov. 12, 2016, and then heads to Hamilton, Ont.

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Gran exposición organizada por la organizacion Atzin Desarrollo Comunitario Atzin Mexico con la dirección de la Dra. Susan Smith tuvo un gran éxito en 2015-2016 en los estados de Guerrero en el Museo Guillermo Spratling y Museo Histórico de Acapulco "Fuerte de San Diego", como también en Morelos en el museo Casona Spencer y museo Jose Maria Morelos . Ahora esta teniendo un gran éxito en Winnipeg, Manitoba. SOMOS SU FUTURO: La creatividad y resiliencia entre tejedoras de Tlamacazapa, México. Exposición de arte por Ray Dirks y Alejandro Aranda con las mujeres tejedoras de palma.

Congratulations for having this exhibit in Canada. This great exhibition, organized by the community development organization Atzin Mexico under the direction of Dr. Susan Smith, was very successful in 2015-2016, in the states of Guerrero at William Spratling Museum Historical Museum of Acapulco “Fuerte de San Diego.” Also in Morelos at the Casona Spencer and the Jose Maria Morelos Museum. Now it is having great success in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We Are Your Future: creativity and resilience among weavers of Tlamacazapa, Mexico. Art exhibition by Ray Dirks and Alejandro Aranda, with the women palm weavers. –Web editor

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