Mauricio Limón

Performing White Skin

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Wood carved mask, Oil, natural resins and pigments. 38 x 24 x 16 cm. (approx.) 2019

Photo: Mauricio Limón, performance rehearsal

Photo: Mauricio Limón, performance rehearsal

Photo: Mauricio Limón, performance rehearsal

Photo: Mauricio Limón, performance rehearsal

Photo: Mauricio Limón, performance rehearsal

Photo: Mauricio Limón, performance rehearsal

Performing White Skin 

“Performing White Skin”. Started in 2018, it consists of 27 polychrome carved wooden masks, inspired by Mexican carnivals, and the art of some West African tribes from Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, among others, —specifically, those ritual objects incorporated into the European collecting circuit— The project also evokes some references that dialogue with Honoré Daumier’s terracotta busts (Célébrités du Juste Milieu) that caricatured the Monarchie de Juillet—mid-19th-century politicians, bankers, and aristocrats, as well as the film «Ubu Roi», an adaptation of a play by Alfred Jarry, directed by Jean Christophe Averty in 1965.

I use masks to satire the dominant post-colonial hegemony, since they allow different ideologies, rituals and displacements to be confronted. The masks operate as sculptures and as objects. They are activated through photography, performances and videos that address issues related to the distribution of power: the value of the object in contemporary art and the social condition of migrants in the countries that receive them.

*Masks size: 14.9 x 9 x 6 in. (Approx.)