Writing Off the Walls

Creativity in the age of CoVID

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Moris, El Dueno de todo, 2020
El dueno de todo, 2020

MORIS (Israel Meza Moreno)

Mexican, born 1978

El dueno de todo, 2020
Collage and transfer and enamel on canvas, mixed media and found objects
78.75 x 78.75 inches

Moris’ work addresses representation, social and subjective agency, urban issues, and marginal cultures often taken for granted in mainstream society. Moris grew up and lives and works in a Cartel-run area outside Mexico City. The issues he researches are part of his daily life; the street and social space are his laboratory. Understanding the diverse social codes of the urban underclass and underworld, their strategies for survival, and informal use of aesthetics in order to make daily life more humane and dignified are the driving ethos for his work.

His recent work echos the phenomenology of the migrant, the survival tools in the countries, on the long journey to the USA. Always looking north, Latin Americans compose a great unstoppable caravan transforming each place on the way towards to the US.

Under the idealization that the north has more resources and better payments, migrants
try to obtain the benefits that a government as the US may offer. There is an ongoing tension between the government and the caravan seeking opportunities and resources during their stay or possible permanent residence.

His work is part of many important public and private collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, La Colección Jumex, Mexico City, and FEMSA Collection, Monterrey Mexico. Major exhibitions include “Mi casa es tu casa”, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA.; “Un animal pierde la vida porque otro tiene hambre (An animal dies because another is hungry)”, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico and has been a representative at the 9th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba and the 30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil in 2012.

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