TRUE STORY at Proyectos Monclova


Artists: Francis Alÿs, Francisca Aninat, Abdul Sharif Baruwa, Santiago Borja, Julien Devaux, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jean-Charles Hue, Juan Pablo Macías, Raul Ortega Ayala, Marco Rountree Cruz, Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda, Rodrigo Suárez, Tercerunquinto

Exhibition title: TRUE STORY

Curated by: Michel Blancsubé

Venue: Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City

Date: November 19, 2015 – January 16, 2016

Photography: Moritz Bernoully, images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City

TRUE STORY is a return to an idea already used in 2007: in May in Puebla, with ENTRE PATIO Y JARDÍN simulacros, exorcismos y otros subterfugios; then in November in Guadalajara with YÄQ. All three exhibitions were/are designed as force fields created by a tensioning and polarization of the space by the works themselves: an active procedure that borrows substantially from what in physics is called electrolysis.

Let’s say that in TRUE STORY the roles of the anode and the cathode are played by a new work by Juan Pablo Macias and a video Jean-Charles Hue shot in Tijuana in 2007.

For quite a few years now Macias has been bringing back from oblivion various writings and facts relating to anarchism. In TRUE STORY he offers Problemas del Momento en Nueve Estudios Breves, his Spanish rendering of Albert Kimsey Owen’s Problems of the Hour in Nine Brief Studies, published in 1896. Late in the 19th century Owen founded a socialist colony in the town of Topolobampo, situated on the Pacific in western Mexico, not far from Los Mochis.

Jean-Charles Hue worked with Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Jorge Hank Rhon during his campaign for the governorship of the state of Baja California in 2007.

Between these electrodes—one libertarian, the other more “pragmatic”—twenty artifacts by fourteen artists share the space. Individually, each floats alone between anode and cathode; together they form a semiotic sequence in which severity and frivolity rub shoulders when not purely and simply sharing common ground.

When it comes to truth, let the poet speak!

I don’t know how fast the mind moves, but Truth moves much more slowly.

I must even say that in my case SHE is taking longer and longer to catch up with me.

Everything considered, She seems to me something to be not attained but awaited.

All we can do, rather than set off in pursuit of Her, is try to slow the mind down, and so let Her catch up with us.

The notes we amass, the words we string out, are solely for this.

Imagine that one day She draws level (as they say) with us, and puts her hand on our shoulder: surprise roots us to the spot; we recognize Her by her peerless countenance.   (Francis Ponge, January 1964*)

* Quoted by Philippe Jaccottet in Ponge, pâturages, prairies (Paris: Le Bruit du Temps, 2015), pp. 17–18.

– Michel Blancsubé







Julien Devaux, Chichis, 2015


Julien Devaux, Chichis, 2015


Thomas Hirschhorn, Easycollage nº2, 2014


Raul Ortega Ayala, View in Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Bay, New Zealand (William Hodges), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2015


Rodrigo Suárez, Rata, 2015


Tercerunquinto, Gráfica reportes de condición, 2010





Juan Pablo Macías, OWEN (Word+Moist Press Volume II – installation), 2015


Juan Pablo Macías, OWEN (Word+Moist Press Volume II – installation), 2015


Juan Pablo Macías, OWEN (Score by Gonzalo Macías), 2015


Juan Pablo Macías, Univ Calif – Digitized by Microsoft Ⓡ, 2015