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Maruch Sántiz Gómez
Creencias: Our Ancestors' Wisdom
Maruch Santiz Gomez
Free Admission
06.11.2002 - 01.12.2002 Opening: 5.11., 6 p.m.
Maruch Sántiz Gómez
According to the Financial Times: "Looking at her photos we feel as if we have been granted, for a brief, privileged moment, a glance into another world where completely simple things can be charged with the power of their owners."

Although Maruch's pictures give us an impression of the villager's precarious living conditions, her works are not documents of accusation. Instead, by combining the photos with short texts in Tzotzil, she is pointing to an invisible dimension of significance beyond the photographed situation and object: this is the "Creencias”, the wisdom of her ancestors, a wisdom her great-grandfather whispered to her when she was a child and which she later recorded in the various Chamula communities.

This collection of proverbs enables Maruch to reveal a world of shared ideas that work through and "animate" objects and nature equally. Since 1994 her works have been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions.

The photos are exhibited in cooperation with the Folkwangmuseum Essen and the OMR Gallery, Mexico City.

Contact: Michael Thoss