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'You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape' Expo at OPC

May 18, 2017

The You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape exhibition, which opens at OPC on May 27, attempts to delve into the complex relationship around the transformation of Puerto Vallarta's landscape and with that, the transformation of the social relations that are established between the people living in the city.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Every year in May, the Office for Cultural Projects organizes an exhibition dedicated to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate both the city's and the gallery's anniversary. This year's exhibit, You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape, will be inaugurated on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape is the OPC's second installment of the "You Are Here" exhibition series curated by Oscar Morán Guillén, and continues the dialogue about urbanism and landscape that began with last year's You Are Here: Urban Approximations.


In this edition, the exhibition seeks to highlight the vulnerability of the natural landscape, the tension between natural territory and urban development, and the lack of critical dialogue around non-urban planning and territorial management.

'Dichotomies of Landscape' aims to foster a conversation around the concept of landscape heritage, its relevance both in the collective imaginary and in the sense of creating community, as well as its impact on the quality of life in an urban setting.

The exhibition will be multi-disciplinary and include photography, videos, a parklet, and installations by eighteen architects and artists who have produced site-specific works for the show, as well as interventions of public spaces.

Participants include: Álvaro Argüelles, Alfonso Baños, Sinclair Castro, Arturo Dávila, Luis Echeverría, Fallen Fruit, Luis Galeano, Cecilia Hurtado, Franca Mata, Arturo Montero, Jorge Morales, Gerardo Moran, Jimena Odetti, Fanny Olivares, Javiera Pintocanales, Jorge Ramírez, Alberto Reyes, Juan Soler.

Last year's exhibition, 'Urban Approximations,' questioned the vagaries of various urban-architectural aspects in the city while paving the way for reflection on the continuously changing urban space of Puerto Vallarta, seeking to expand beyond the stereotypical narratives of tourism.

With 'Dichotomies of Landscape,' the expo attempts to delve into the complex relationship around the transformation of Puerto Vallarta's landscape and with that, the transformation of the social relations that are established between the people living in the city.

This timely exhibition coincides with the 99th anniversary of Puerto Vallarta, and aims to encourage discussion and dialogue about the value of the landscape, the need for a territorial discourse, and the consequences of overdevelopment in areas of great natural and scenic value.

Oscar Moran Guillén holds degrees in architecture from ITESO and urban planning from the University of South California. He is founder of RH+OH Architecture and Design Studio. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field in Mexico and the United States. He has been living in Puerto Vallarta since 2012 and is a founding team member of OPC.

You Are Here: Dichotomies of Landscape is possible thanks to the Instituto Vallartense de Cultura and the support of Proyecta Producción 2017 given by the Secretaría de Cultura Jalisco. The exhibition will remain on display at Oficina de Proyectos Culturales through August 26, 2017.


Announcing the Opening of Taller OPC

Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, OPC expands to an adjacent space called Taller OPC, (OPC Workshop) which will open its doors on May 27, 2017. Taller OPC will be a free invaluable resource for the youth and community of Vallarta - containing a reading room with books on art and architecture and poetry; a space for lectures and workshops; and an exhibition space for student projects. Taller OPC is made possible through the generous support of the Barlow family and William Hobi.

The opening of OPC Workshop will allow the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales to offer a wider range of cultural and educational services to the general public. The space will have a multi-functional vocation for workshops, reading, conferences, and student exhibitions. It will also serve as a center for summer workshops for local children and youth.

Located at Juarez #598 at the corner of Aldama in downtown Puerto Vallarta, The Office for Cultural Projects (OPC) in an independent, non-profit organization, dedicated to foster contemporary art through exhibitions, round table conversations, public art initiatives, and educational service programs. It was born with the desire to contribute to the reflection on the contemporary socio-cultural and artistic environment, with the purpose of sharing with the inhabitants and visitors of Puerto Vallarta. OPC works with different creators such as artists, architects, curators, academics and writers who contribute to the construction of our notion of city and contribute to the cultural landscape linked to Puerto Vallarta but of global reach.