‘Iberoamericana de Toro,’ an Exhibition with Feminine Protagonism

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The Embassy of Mexico and the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Spain have joined forces in a unique exhibition. The Iberoamericana de Toro recreates a revolutionary exhibition of contemporary art whose protagonists are Ibero-American women of the 21st century.

Inaugurated this July and open until September, the Iberoamericana of Toro has 30 artists and more than 150 works that have invaded the city to turn it into an authentic museum of contemporary art.

In addition to being a monumental city, Toro has powerful ties with America, as explained in the City Council’s press release. Its wine was the first to reach the American continent, and it was in the city of Toro where Ferdinand the Catholic naturalized Americo Vespucio as a Castilian. Toro has also been home to women of great importance, such as María de Molina.

Twelve Mexican artists will show their most current work in the media of video art, photography, painting, or artist’s book and installations. The objective: to vindicate the role of women as artists, promoting a dialogue of equality between women and men in the art world.

The Iberoamericana of Toro will combine the contemporary expression of Ibero-America with the tradition, culture, history, and heritage of Toro. Its historic character and cultural atmosphere are what make this municipality ideal for this occasion.

In the Mexican Pavilion, the experienced artist Susana Casarín will expose through her work ‘Realidades y Deseos’ the discrimination suffered by transgender people in marginal areas of Mexico; Ximena Pérez Grobet will exhibit her books, and Flavia Tótoro Taulis will present her pictorial series ‘Sinópticos’ with which she intends to empathize with our own experience through the exploration of the micro.

Likewise, ‘Cuerpo, dolor y sombras’ (Body, pain, and shadows), a series of video performances will be screened successively in the Mexican pavilion, each one signed by the following artists: María Eugenia Chellet, Sarah Minter, Ximena Cuevas, Grace Quintanilla, Inmaculada Abarca, Lysette Yoselevitz and Mónica Dower. The works belong to the collection of the Museo La Neomudéjar, and Monica Sotos is the curator.

The Iberoamericana de Toro will also show the most iconic works of 16 Spanish artists of national and international prestige in dialogue with other ancient art displayed in Toro’s museum churches and historical spaces, dating mostly from the twelfth and fifteenth centuries as the Church of San Sebastian or Santo Sepulcro.

The artist from Toro, Delhy Tejero, will be honored through the Encounters that bear her name and where personalities from politics, culture, communication, and the arts from Spain and Mexico such as Cristina Almeida, Rosa Villacastín, and Tomás Alía, among others, will talk about the important role of women in culture and the challenges they face in 21st-century Ibero-America.

Round tables, conferences complement the exhibition, and spaces for dialogue around the figure of the artist Delhy Tejero Toresana involving the writer Rosa Villacastín, lawyer and politician Cristina Almeida or interior designer Tomás Alía.

According to EFE, at the exhibition’s opening, the curator Manuel Victor del Campo has claimed art and culture as mobilizing elements to change society’s vision on various issues such as equality between women and men.