Oaxaca Museum of Contemporary Art
October 17 – December 4, 1998
Fernando Solana, Director/Oaxaca Museum of Contemporary Art
Mari M. de Olguin, Coordinator, La Casa de Mujer
Shirley Chernitsky, Curator
Cynthia Martinez, Curator
Rowena Galavitz, Curator
Justina Fuentes, Coordinator
Mary Heebner, Contact
After having exhibited the WBB collection, the Contemporary Museum of Oaxaca began placing women in their collection.
AN EFFORT OF PEACE AND HARMONY
Margarita Dalton Palamo, Ph.D., Poet/Anthropologist
The Women Beyond Borders exhibition in Mexico brought together artists from different socio-economic classes for the first time. Women from small villages in Mexico who work in crafts and don’t normally see themselves as artists came together with self-proclaimed artists from the big cities. After the great success of the exhibition, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca decided to start collecting women’s art at the museum. Margarita Dalton, a Mexican poet and anthropologist had this statement on the wall at the exhibition:
This exhibition springs forth as a spark that ignites a mountain. The artists began their work knowing in advance that it would travel around the world. Thus we find an extraordinary effort by hundreds of women joining their wills to discover something that we all have in common: the desire to express deep feelings through art.
The women artists have come together to declare, with their art, sensibility, and creativity, that they share a common universe. They participate in a planet that expands and unites us beyond the borders of political differences, religious ideologies, and aesthetics. Beyond everything there are similarities in all human beings. There is a humanist dimension that has no borders.
Women Beyond Borders is an effort toward the peace and harmony that must prevail in the world. An effort that synthesizes the desire to unite and to combat the real enemies of us all: hunger, sickness, injustice, inequality and pain in all their forms.
The will that moves mountains has become a reality, “The dream of a common language”, as Adrienne Rich stated. The language of art in these boxes expresses the feelings of each woman who participated, and of all women in their daily reality. Women Beyond Borders tells much more about the human condition than all of the peace agreements that have been signed in the world today.