II Tzompantli Monumental Graphic
Nahual Graphics Workshop
Nahual Graphics Workshop and La Nahuala Gallery invite the international artistic community and the general public to participate in the II Tzompantli Monumental Graphic that will be exhibited on the walls of our facilities located on the corner of Monte de Piedad and Tacuba, Downtown México City and two other venues to be determined, within the framework of the Day of the Dead 2020. In total, for the exhibition, there will be three banners of canvas prints a montage for exhibition with the engravings on paper.
Tzompantli is a term of Nahuatl origin that means “row or row of skulls”. The so-called “Great Tzompantli of México”, discovered by specialists from the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) is located in the downtown of México City, a few steps from the Nahual Graphics Workshop (TGN) and the Templo Mayor.
Nahual Graphic Workshop organized the first edition of this great collaborative project within the framework of Day of the Dead 2019, 104 people participated, 66 women and 38 men, mostly from México City, people from the following states of the republic: State of México, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Zactecas; in the same way, we had international participations from: Argentina, Chile, Canadá, England, Italy and Perú.
44 engraving classes and various consultancies were given, for many people it was their first experience with high relief engraving and their first international exhibition. The TGN team printed around a thousand copies to create the monumental piece that was exhibited on the walls of the Cortés building, located next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of México City. Similarly, an exhibition was held at La Nahuala Gallery.
- Teachers, students and interested public, with or without previous experience in engraving, from all over the planet can participate.
- Nahual Workshop will provide a 23×23 cm MDF plate with 3mm thickness, in addition, if the participant requires it, they may request technical and conceptual advice.
- People who wish to participate and do not have any experience in the engraving technique will receive theoretical and practical advice to be able to execute the piece.
- People wishing to participate from other states or countries must send their engraved plate ready for printing by parcel.
- The registration and cooperation process will be through the following form: http://forms.gle/SJaWuJ5zNuq13PL88
- Registration phase: from August 24 to September 23, 2020.
- Delivery of material to engrave (MDF plate): from August 31 to September 30.
- Engraved plates delivery phase: from September 14 to October 3.
- Deadline from delivery of engraved plates: October 3.
- The recovery fee, per person, which will be used to purchase wood, cloth, paper, ink, printing equipment, production, logistics, museography, curatorship and payment for the assembly of the monumental banner, is $250.00 MXN.
For the graphic edition of this great project and the TGN collection, the following will be printed from each matrix:
5 copies on canvas with sizing:
-3 copies for the banners to be displayed outdoors
-2 copies for the TGN collection
5 copies on paper:
-2 printer copies
-1 copy of their own engraving for each participant
-2 workshop copies. (These copies will be put up for sale in order to generate financial resources, considering that the TGN is a self-managed and independent space that aims to give continuity to collaborative projects like this one).
In the same way, the pieces will be part of the digital collection to create the project catalog and later generate posters, stickers, digital elements and other applications with the corresponding credits to disseminate the work of all the participating people. ****
About the plates:
The participants will be able to collect their plates once the exhibition is over, which will last for three weeks. The dates and times of collection will be published shortly. We hope to have your valuable participation in this second edition.
Aspects not contemplated in this call will be resolved by TGN.
***If you do not have experience in engraving and you are enthusiastic about participating, you are welcome to this project, once you make the payment and corresponding registration you can collect your plate, with it we lend you a tool (gouge) so that can join the consultancies virtual. (Remember that with these tools we have shared workshops around the world and if you do not return it, you will lose the opportunity to learn from thousands of people)
***If you participate from another state of the republic or another country, the steps to follow are the following:
1.-You must make your engraving on a 3mm thick MDF plate with the measures established in the call (23 x 23 cm).
2.-You must send your engraved plate by courier on the indicated dates, once you make the payment (PayPal) and corresponding registration, you will be given the shipping address.
3.-Alons with your engraved plated you must send a prepaid guide that will allow us, after the exhibition, to return the plate to you along with the printing of your engraving from CDMX.
In the same way, as an alternative, we will launch a campaign for local recorders and engravers to support participants from other countries, with the idea of generating community at an international level and breaking borders, it is proposed that artists from abroad send their drawings via email with the measures required for the pieces to be recorded in México City, thus facilitating the dynamics of participation.
***By official provision, the workshop facilities are not opening every day, we are working on strategies to speed up the delivery and reception of plates. Week by week we will publish the dates and hours of attention, delivery and reception.
We ask that when you visit us or when agreeing to meet with team members, you come with your health security kit, avoid crowds and help us streamline all the processes of this call.
¡If you take care of yourself, we all take care of ourselves! ***By registering and paying the recovery fee, the participants accept the handling and reproduction of their pieces in order to generate resources for this independent space to continue working in community, in the same way, a letter of support will be sent to each participant. Transfer of rights that they will have to send with and autograph signature digitized in PDF format by mail to proceed without problems with the Tzompantli and support this cultural project.