Art fair 
Planta Libre
20-23.10 2022
Parque Arboleda, San Pedro Garza García

F-A-M-A is the first accessible art fair in northern Mexico, in which galleries and artists choose to have the opportunity to sell their works of contemporary art. Planta Libre participated in their fifth edition of the fair which took place from October 20 to 23, 2022 in Parque Arboleda, San Pedro Garza García, Mexico.

Planta Libre presented the works of Guadalupe Vidal, Roxana Alvarado, Alex Bazán, Amanda Bueno, and Stephania Bueno.

The curatorial proposal presented by Planta Libre for F-A-M-A is to disseminate the production of Baja California in stages; as a first phase, the city of Ensenada is proposed with artists Guadalupe Vidal, Roxana Alvarado, Alex Bazán, and Stephania Bueno. This selection brings together a group of works that question and contest conventional artistic means, as well as the ways of interpreting our environment. The recurring threads in these works are the handling of the organic, the act of finding and reusing, the body-space relationship, memory, and the ways of catalyzing the living context in which we are inscribed. Guadalupe Vidal shows us an installation of bricks engraved with phrases taken from conversations with bricklayers at construction sites along the Tijuana-Ensenada highway. This installation makes visible the current aboral situation of these agents who not only build the state but also the contingent progress of Mexico. Roxana Alvarado starts from her personal experience and the fieldwork done specifically in the neighborhood of Urbi Villa del Roble in Ensenada Baja California. Her work tells us about the feat of living in social housing; she draws from different materials and disciplines to capture the complex context in which these multifamily housing units of social interest are inscribed: relying on photography and writing, she elaborates installations addressing the self-construction of INFONAVIT space.  Alex Bazán presents an excerpt from the series. "Coterráneo: Memoria Elemental" presents the results derived from an exploration he developed within his city's dam from 2014 to 2018. His project began by exploring how to work from the materials in the environment and to entangle them to the variable levels of water collection that the dam presented during the research period. As the unpredictable water precipitation and its periods of shortage, were important factors that allowed access to three specific points to obtain sediment material. These experimental terracotta sculptures are ‘constructions’ from the soil taken from the site. Stephania Bueno integrates the practice of weaving with the objects she collects on her walks, proposing other ways of producing a collective and symbolic archive of our society. These forms and warps are integrated from waste and objects collected from streets, bridges, traffic lights, and crossroads in the city of Ensenada that allow us to project the relationship we have with our environment and the way we interact with it.