The New Gods | Alejandro Garcia Contreras and Josée Pedneault
Artists: Alejandro Garcia Contreras and Josée Pedneault
Curator: Shani K Parsons
82 pages, softcover, 9 x 6 in.
Featuring an extraordinary series of large-scale photographs and a selection of intricate sculptures and paintings, The New Gods examines fantastical rites of spring that have emerged spontaneously within Carrillo Puerto, an isolated village in the mountains of Chiapas. Elsewhere in Mexico it is a day of organized procession, penitence, and mourning, but in this small village it has evolved into an irreverent, chaotic, and carnivalesque celebration of the absurd. Drawing on an unholy mix of religious beliefs, local and popular culture, pagan traditions, and personal mythologies, participants don homemade costumes that are highly transformative, often verging on pure abstraction. The chimerical personalities they assume become an alternate pantheon of strange deities and demons, existing in opposition to the highly codified characters and narratives of the traditional Passion play.
The catalogue contains a curatorial essay and Q+A with the artists by CDCC Founding Director Shani K Parsons. An exhibition checklist, full documentation of all the works in the exhibition, and artist/curator bios are also included.