Rebeca Méndez

Happenings

Ascent of Weavers in Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)

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Rebeca Méndez’s artwork Ascent of Weavers was selected for inclusion in LALIFF2019 / Art program. Premiere: Sunday, August 4 at 5:30. TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, Hollywood, California. Ascent of Weavers / Ascenso de Tejedoras, 2018. 3-channel video installation, color, sound. 31:19 minutes. By Rebeca Méndez with the Hernández-Quero Family. For a world facing social and environmental crises, Ascent of Weavers is a call for awakening and action for collective healing of the earth. Entities of white, red, blue, and black embody cycles of the sun, the heavens, and the underworld and directions of human life in pre-Hispanic Zapotec civilization. The entities undertake a journey into Mictlan (Lyobaa in Zapotec)—the underworld of the Mixtec mythology—aided by Xolotl (a canine god), who leads them through the underworld’s nine levels. Here they are challenged by piercing winds and crushing mountains, finally crossing rivers of blood to emerge as goddesses of weaving (Tlazolteotl, or Nohuichana in Zapotec)—warriors leading us to a more just, equitable, and sustainable relationship with our planet.

Becoming With #1

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Becoming With #1 is a single-channel video captured at Eldhraun lava field (“Fire Lava“) in Iceland, which is the biggest lava flow in the world. Enlisting nature as my guide and partner I seek to understand with openness and empathy what my humanity has in common with other species and thus collaborate with nature. I explore how it feels to become someone else or some thing else, to enter the awareness of another species and develop intimate interspecies friendships with the wild, a post-humanist action. In Becoming With #1 the relationship is with the woolly fringemoss (Racomitrium lanuginosum) which is a widespread species of moss found in montane and arctic tundra across the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Between the Lines: Typography in LACMA’s Collection

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Rebeca Méndez in the group exhibition Between the Lines: Typography in LACMA’s Collection. May 12, 2019–ongoing. Typography is at the heart of visual communication. Drawn entirely from acquisitions made since 2014 as part of LACMA’s Graphic Design Initiative, the more than 30 posters and publications in this exhibition represent a range of typographic approaches from the mid-20th century through the present. Between the Lines: Typography in LACMA’s Collection features the work of many influential international designers including Charles and Ray Eames, April Greiman, Corita Kent, Takenobu Igarashi, Rebeca Méndez, Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli, and Wolfgang Weingart.