Non Compos Mentis at Border, curated by Bárbara Perea

9d Non Compos Mentis at Border, curated by Bárbara Perea

Jorge Ortega del Campo, Thy Kingdom Come
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This multiple art form exhibition entitled Non Compos Mentis refers to that unclear and even psychopathological part of the human mind. It is related to subtle nets of machine like, mechanized and automaton humans who live in large urban areas. It provokes an indescribable block of emotions manifest in a variety of machines and artifacts framing this exhibition. A green room simulating an industrial atmosphere, far from any eco considerations, gathers working and domestic realms in a confusing and indiscernible way. A place where works of art of such diverse artists such as Gabriel Santamarina,  Ricardo Rendón, Enrique Jezik, Ben Denham, Carlos Irigoyen, Georgina Bringas, Franceso Jodice, Iván Edeza and Jorge Ortega del Campo collide and merge.

4c Non Compos Mentis at Border, curated by Bárbara Perea

Enrique Jezik

A room that seems like an habitable space is in fact uninhabitable… there is a dining table, by Enrique Jezik, whose companions at table are seated on electric chairs, setting out the lack of interpersonal communication produced by technology and forced to reclusion of an individual to family ties. Framing screens give out images of water and fire, reflecting humankind’s obsessions: ineffective outlets of mental psychopathology. Other images add to this state: a red tunnel, devotional objects, masks, unreflecting mirrors and images of overdone hands cleansing. These elements create a labyrinth of confusion where urban dehumanized beings dwell.

7c Non Compos Mentis at Border, curated by Bárbara Perea
Ricardo Rendón

The work of Ricardo Rendón shows the use of residual materials creating ambiguous sensations due to the way in which wood is managed. Plexiglas boxes filled with finely cut remnants of furniture production contrast with irregular pieces of a less industrial production and with plastic objects. These encapsulate wood remnants invite us to think over about the transformation of trees into elements of artificial living space and how this living creature is transformed into dead fragments due to human needs of comfort and beauty.

8 Non Compos Mentis at Border, curated by Bárbara Perea

Jorge Ortega del Campo, El Señor es mi pastor, nada me faltará
Irony is also manifest in a piece by Jorge Ortega del Campo, an ax carved with the inscription “Thy Kingdom come” is a reflection of a future kingdom promised by monotheistic religions that actually presents itself as a simulated and artificial one, where allegories of elements that cut and destroy announce the end of nature. An ax presents a productive and transforming tool, carried out by social automatons where there is a psychopathology produced: it is a tool created to destroy the very same person who uses it, to slowly destroy their habitat. How could we heal this mechanized artificial space that brings us to a collective obsession in the edge of losing our minds?

Gabriel Santamarina the voice of abyss Non Compos Mentis at Border, curated by Bárbara Perea

Gabriel Santamarina, The Voice from the Abyss, DVD stills

Gabriel Santamarina the voice of abyss 2 Non Compos Mentis at Border, curated by Bárbara Perea

Gabriel Santamarina, The Voice from the Abyss, DVD stills

Gabriel Santamarina, in a 30 minute video filmed in Japan entitled The Voice from the Abyss, suggests urban realm as a therapeutic resource. The city’s daily movement viewed as a process of solution to collective insanity. He rescues elements of contemporary cities such as public transportation, collective transit, entangled cartographies of humans as desiring machines and isolated parts of the body: hands, feet, faces, indistinctly combined with acts of fortune telling, traditional healing and therapy performed in the up and down, in and out, journey of forgetfulness of humans in a large city. This video reflects on the impossibility to penetrate in other people’s minds. The lack of understanding of other people’s thoughts is seen as a mental illness.

Alejandro Sordo Guzmán
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Border is an independent cultural center dedicated to contemporary art. There is a gallery, a projection room and workshops. It is located in Zacatecas 43. Roma, Mexico City.

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