Donna Huanca: Ojos Obsidianos, 04 Feb 2023 — 16 Jul 2023

Donna Huanca: Ojos Obsidianos

Bolivian-American artist Donna Huanca creates work that destabilises the male gaze while exploring femme and indigenous, specifically Andean, narratives and mark-making.

Museo de Arte Zapopan – MAZ, Andador 20 de Noviembre 166, C.P. 45100, Zapopan, Centro

In western Mesoamerica, obsidian from the foothills of the Tequila Volcano was used by the Teuchitlán Tradition to make mirrors and protection artefacts, while in our own day scalpels made of this volcanic stone are used to provide care to the human body in surgical procedures.

Huanca begins her work by offering meditation experiences to models during performance sessions. Although the models are not physically present in the galleries of the MAZ, the space retains the echoes of their bodies through imprints stored in memory: sounds, smells, visual images, and graduated tactile vibrations. The works in the exhibition are interconnected and interdependent. The paintings emanate from the performances and the sculptures from the paintings. The pigments used to paint the skin of the models come from the sculptures, which are inspired by natural minerals and rock formations.

The artificial landscape, with its refractive and reflected streets, is arranged in such a way as to provide a refuge for the feminine energies that Huanca embraces and collaborates with. As a sort of labyrinth, it disorients, but it also provides a safe space in which to navigate and explore, through the senses, the projection of a feminine future.

Contacts & Details


Tue – Sun 10am – 6pm; Thu 10am – 10pm

T: +52 3338182575

Museo de Arte Zapopan – MAZ, Andador 20 de Noviembre 166, C.P. 45100, Zapopan, Centro
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