“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.