Guided Tour: The Absolute Restoration of All Things
Wednesday May 4, 2022
With Miguel Fernández de Castro and Natalia Mendoza
Installation view of The Absolute Restoration of All Things by Miguel Fernández de Castro and Natalia Mendoza.
Photo by Ivane Katamashvili.
RSVPs are kindly encouraged for this event.
Join us for a guided tour with artist Miguel Fernández de Castro and anthropologist Natalia Mendoza as they walk us through their exhibition The Absolute Restoration of All Things at Storefront.
The exhibition unfolds from a 2014 lawsuit that shut down the operations of a gold mine in the Sonoran Desert in the northwest of Mexico. This groundbreaking case, brought to court by the “ejidatarios” (communal land holders) of the mining site claiming that their territory was illegally occupied and exploited, ruled that the mining company was “obliged to fully restore the ecosystem that prevailed in this place, with its hills, mountains, waters, air, flora, and fauna that existed before.”
For the event, Fernández de Castro and Mendoza will contextualize the objects on display to hone in on land rights and the limits of the legal language that is meant to protect it. Concepts like the “ejido”, and other forces unique to this territory, will be discussed.
About the Exhibition