Edgardo Aragón. Mesoamerica: the Hurricane Effect

Mesoamerica: The Hurricane Effect examines in close-up the effects of foreign power in Mexico today, which is reminiscent of the foreign control exerted many centuries ago.

Mesoamerica was home to a rich civilization that emerged around 10,000 years BC and out of which grew the rich Maya, Aztec and Zapotec cultures, among many others. These cultures were destroyed by the Spanish, who arrived in the 15th and 16th centuries and used Christianity as a tool to discriminate against and subdue the locals.
Today, “Mesoamerica” is also the short name for a multi-million dollar development project that is officially called the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project and is financed and run by the United States. Accordingto its official statement, the project is intended to help the region develop through investment in infrastructure, electricity, telecommunications and transport systems. However, due to rampant corruption at all levels, the project doesn’t benefit the poor communities and instead helps foreign companies that have holdings in the region.

This book traces the genesis of this work through an interview with the artist by Heidi Ballet, curator, while the text by historian Jorge Luis Capdepont Ballina highlights the importance of the region of the Mesoamerica Project within the context of the economic expansion of the United States, China and Europe and reveal how the concept of “Mesoamerica” is being used to justify a proposal of an economic nature, deploying history as an element to confer legitimacy and cohesion.
In the book are also reproduced the ten hand-coloured maps that are part of the work Mesoamerica: The Hurricane Effect. These show the geographies of collaboration between Mexico and the United States, and illustrate the involvement of political parties, drug cartels and foreign companies in the negative consequences of the Mesoamerica Plan, portraying each of them as mythical animals.

Interview by Heidi Ballet of the artist and texts by Jorge Luis Capdepont-Ballina.
Jeu de Paume / CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux.
French / English, 15 x 21 cm, 64 pages, 14 euros.

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