Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Every year in May, the Office of Cultural Projects organizes an exhibition dedicated to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate the city's and the gallery's anniversary. This year's exhibit, You Are Here: Cartographies of a Destination, will be inaugurated on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and remain on display through August 25.
This third and final edition of the "You Are Here" series curated by architect Oscar Morán Guillén continues to reflect upon urban space in our city. It seeks to identify the different facets of the historical development of the region and the different cultural influences over time, as well as those with greater current validity and its consequences and ramifications.
Part of the official celebration of the centennial of the municipality of Puerto Vallarta, this show will be of a multi-disciplinary nature and will include photographs, video, installation and archival material, opening a space that fosters discussion and dialogue about the historical development of this region, as well as the consequences.
The 15 participating artists, including Alfonso Baños, Davis Birks, César Girón, Arturo Dávila, Fallen Fruit, Kaz Kipp, Tania Mancha, Arturo Montero, Jorge Morales, Gerardo Moran, Oscar Moran, Jimena Odetti, Jorge Ramírez, Alberto Reyes and Andrés Reyes, will produce specific works for the exhibition that illustrate the chronological development of the Banderas Bay region, including its different settlements throughout history: the pre-hispanic culture in Xiutla, the explorations of the conquerors, the foundation of Las Peñas in the 19th-century, the Montgomery Fruit Company's early foreign investment, Hollywood's short gaze on the city, as well as globalization: the mono culture of tourism and its extraction practices.
In addition to the exhibition in OPC's main gallery, an open call was launched for local university students studying architecture with the objective of identifying, analyzing and finding solutions to challenges that Puerto Vallarta is facing, as a city and as a destination, today and within the next 100 years. The chosen works will be part of the You are Here: Cartographies of a Destination exhibition, and will be exhibited at Taller OPC.
The series of thematic exhibitions You Are Here: Urban Approximations (2016), Dichotomies of Landscape (2017) and Cartographies of a Destination (2018) curated by architect Oscar Morán Guillén have generated urgent reflections on urban space in Puerto Vallarta. Guillén is an architect who obtained his title from ITESO and an Urban Planner from the University of Southern California. He is founder of the Architecture and Urbanism Studio RH+OM. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field in Mexico and the United States. He has lived in Puerto Vallarta since 2012 and is a member of the OPC founding team.The 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.