Thu, Feb 09|
Casa Mexico at cSPACE
Huichol Art Exhibition and Sale
Fine art pieces created by indigenous artists from Wixarika people from San Andreas Cohamita, Jalisco, Mexico.
Time & Location
Feb 09, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – Feb 10, 2023, 9:00 p.m.
Casa Mexico at cSPACE , 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 1P5, Canada - Suite 390
About the event
About the Exhibition
Casa Mexico in partnership with the GAIA COOP are proud to present this Huicho Art Exhibitio
and Art Sale to support indigenous communities in Mexico.
About the Project
The Gaia Co-op
A project of The Legacy Children's Foundation-Alberta
The Gaia Co-op is a project of The Legacy Children's Foundation-Alberta, a Canadian registered Charity that has long been involved in projects meeting the needs of disadvantaged youth and high riskpopulations in Alberta.
The Gaia Co-op has been directing its activities and objectives for over a year now. It's mission is directed towards helping indigenous artists worldwide to cope with and overcome the devastating effects that their poverty and events such as COVID has had on their ability to engage fully & fairly in an open & global market. We provide free online membership to indigenous artists on our e Commerce platform and social media accounts, provide free advertising and offer other advantages and benefits to help integrate into the global arts market.
The Mexico Connection:
Our latest works have caused us to branch out from solely online exposure of our artists and has taken our reach also to new geographies as we begin to work with an amazing indigenous culture from Mexico, the Wixarika, also known by many as the Huichol. We spent last fall supporting artists from the Wixarika pueblo of San Andrés Cohamiata
, Jalisco Mexico to travel with us to two important conferences in Canada. First one was the Indigenous Woman's Art Conference in Ottawa, ON, and second, The Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver, B.C
We were extremely pleased with the outcome of these conferences and are exited to announce that we were able to raise over $20000 in art sales for the accompanying artists and their families, as well as getting important information about their culture, life and andmessage to the people of Canada.
A Trip to San Andreas Cohmiata:
The Wixarika people are well known as some of the worlds most talented and colourful indigenous artists. They are one of the few per-hispanic cultures still in Mexico who have kept their ancient traditions alive, and the richness of their history and strength of belief is well represented in their art.
We recently took a trip to one of their villages, San Andreas Cohmita, which is also one of their many sacred sites, in order to experience the reality of their lives, and to purchase more art to help them to reach a greater exposure into the world.
We are pleased to be able to exhibit some stunning pieces of sculpture and jewellery we have collected from these amazing people, along with photos and other media from our travels. We hope to be able to express their need for support in preserving their culture, as many different factors threaten the degradation of their culture.
Most importantly to them is securing their sacred pilgrimage territory known as the Wirikuta, a region of desert land in the state of San Luis Potosi which is threatened constantly by large mining and commercial agriculture operations. In their own words and sentiment, if the Wirikuta disappears, their culture disappears.
Their art will be on display and made available for sale, all proceeds will be used to further help secure more of their sacred pilgrimage land, the Wirikuta and support the artists and their families in the town of San Andreas Cohmita.