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Fernando Palma Rodriguez

Born 1957 in Mexico City (Mexico),
lives and works in Milpa Alta (Mexico)

The world has become digitised, creating an invisible frontier between humans and their environment. Responding to such technologies, Fernando Palma Rodríguez animates his precarious installations using robotic systems that he carefully perfected as an engineer. The artist presents a shrewd mixture of surreal choreographies and references to pre-Hispanic cosmogonics, echoing the landscape’s current destruction by capitalism. In Milpa Alta, a region in southwest Mexico where he lives, Fernando Palma Rodríguez founded Calpulli Tecalco, a non-profit organisation devoted to preserving Nahuatl, his native language. In the Fagor factory, this indigeneous artist’s magical works form a shifting landscape composed of a huge celestial coyote from which forty-three children’s dresses vibrate between heaven and earth following the structure of the Orion constellation. “Today more than ever, people are migrating around the world; ghosts
attempt to represent that part of today’s landscape, which is usually faceless
and voiceless, in motion.”

Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Tetzahuitl, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste et [of the artist and] House of Gaga, Mexico/Los Angeles. © Blaise Adilon