Renowed Mexican artist Mario Carcia Torres is more than just an artist. He is primarily – as he himself has stated – a “tourist of history,” or something closer to what Walter Benjamin called “Flaneur”. As an urban explorer with no specific professional commitment, he is able to freely experiment with no boundaries allowing him to have a clearer perspective.
Garcia Torres returns to the fields of Jalisco for Exploración Botánica, a project conceived specifically for Reserva de la Familia®. The project involves printing a catalogue of the region’s native plants using a process that consists of oxidized metal powder on fabric. This transfer process creates a negative image. In other words, the masses of dark colors are converted into bright lights, and conversely, the light tones are converted into shadows.
Garcia Torres’s project attempts to document a selection of the vegetation of the agave region of Jalisco using the transfer process described before. The result is a proposal from the artist of a reconfigured landscape through the distinctive images produced.