TONY MACARENA IS A DESIGN
QUEERATORIAL DUO. TM

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Tony Macarena is a design queeratorial duo.TM They make exhibitions, occasions and lend services. Their practice transits the intersection between hegemonic aesthetics, the commercialization of culture and the production of identity politics. They undress neo-colonizing and de-colonizing dynamics, national representation and self-exotization tics. · Tony LORENA CANALES makes text she is an editor, interviewer and critic from in Guadalajara and Macarena ALEJANDRO OLÁVARRI makes images he is a designer, graphist and painter from Mexico City. · Tony explores culture and identity construction through text, objects and pedagogical insinuations. She has a BA in Industrial Design ITESM, GUADALAJARA and a master’s degree in Design Research, Writing, and Criticism SVA, NEW YORK. Her work includes producing, editing and consulting for various platforms like Coolhuntermx, Emerge MX, Cream Magazine and more. She co-curated the academic contents for Campamento GUADALAJARA, a design fair, in its two editions. In 2017 she founded Casa Pública, an initiative that aims at developing artistic voices through publishing practices. · Macarena translates socioeconomic phenomena through graphics, objects and post-disciplinary illusions. He is former Assistant Curator at Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura. He obtained a BA in Visual Communication CENTRO, MEXICO CITY, with honors, and studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven NETHERLANDS. He has been part of the team for exhibitions and publications such as Mexico Design City [full series], The party was yesterday (and no one remembers anything), and Tu Casa es mi Casa NEUTRA VDL HOUSE, LOS ANGELES, along figures like Mario Ballesteros, Mimi Zeiger, Mario García Torres and Pablo León de la Barra. He currently teaches the Designing Experiences I course in Centro CDMX.

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Openning Gabriel Canales' Archive was an intimate exhibition THAT SPRUNG FROM AFFECTIONS AND MEMORIES and marks a start into a research project on the self-taught artist’s life and body of work. Domestic aesthetics and their relations with normed and queer narratives about the femininities–masculinities binary, are present in the quotidien scenes he frequently inmortalized with yarn and his technique– soft, subtle precious and minute. ESPACIO INDEPENDENCIA, GDL, FEB 1-15 2020 See the exhibition's full page here >.

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Pop, populista, popular. The design of the people. was the main exhibition CO-CURATED WITH MARIO BALESTEROS at the 7th edition of theAbierto Mexicano de Diseño that touched upon «popular design» with a broad range of objects that revisted the questionable frontiers between vernacular and professionalized design in Mexico. MUSEO DEL PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES, CDMX, OCT.09 – 27 2019

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¿Original, pirata o piñata? was a queeratorial project that questioned the status quo of design in Mexico through a much needed appraisal and ritualistic destruction of iconic mexican chairs made into piñatas. The exhibition took place in the Museo de Arte Popular MEXICO CITY during AND AFTER the Abierto Mexicano de Diseño 09 - 20 OCT. The second iterationits second iteration the project broadened its case studies and its piñata techniques. This edition was presented at Zona Maco Design. CDMX, FEB.05 – 08 2020 See the exhibition's full page here >.

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Objetario 01: Cuiriosidades tapatías was our first regional-type show RTS of a queeratorial series that uncatalogs tipified representations ZOOFICATION of queer people by showcasing objects of theirs –detached from the looks of their owners– next to testimonies and definitions of what they understand as the non-hetronormative or queer. The exhibition was shown at Zuno Café GUADALAJARA in the programming of pride month JUNE 27 - JULY 21. See the exhibition's full page here >.

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Frontierx- Let's Talk About Borders Baby WORKSHOP for OCAD University & CENTRO. FEB.2020

MFAGD in Mexico Workshop for OTIS College AGO Projects, Aeromoto, Centro Horizontal. CDMX, NOV.2019

México dot com xxx Roundtable about identity Mexican, design objects and digital media. CDMX, OCT.2019

Express Curatorship and Queer Perspective Workshop about our practice in design. CDMX, OCT.2019

Dissent Practices in Creativity or Dissent as a Creative Practice talk we moderated at AMD CDMX, OCT.10 2019

Guadalajara, Guadalajarx Article about queer culture in GDL published on Travesías Magazine no.200 SEP.2019

Creative and Uncreative Writing workshop at the Museum of Art in Zapopan during the Biombo book fair. GDL, JUL.2019

Queer and Design talk about the intersectionality of these two worlds in our practice for EmergeMx. GDL, JUN.2019

Come and Say object performance of artist Yeni Mao’s Cabal 2, as part of PAOS' public program. GDL, JUN.2019

Design in Guadalajara? Talk about design and queer culture in the city, in the circuit of Isárica. GDL, JUN.2019

Objetario Article for CoolhunterMx about queer’s emerging presence in Mexico. JUN.2020

Love Letters workshop a creative and romantic approach to writing for Escuela Ficticia.GDL, MAY.2019

#PopularDesign curatorial assistants for Mario Ballesteros during the Abierto Mexicano de Diseño CDMX. ABR.–OCT.2019

What kind of chair would she want way up there? The World is Round, Gertrude Stein Sólo los museos Acerca de la Crítica, Ulises Carrión, la geografía Ibid y la historia Ibid de la cultura Ibid y los coleccionistas Ibid en los países más ricos Ibid tienen un interés en identificar, fechar y registrar las supuestas diez mejores obras Ibid — "curated novelty" On Craft, Shopping in Jail, Douglas Coupland. A chair is about sitting in a contemporary context Disquieting Strangeness – A New Design Concept?, Strange Design, Jehanne Dautrey., questioning the very making Ibid, the public In the Ring, Mythologies, Roland Barthes., the designer Design as Art, Bruno Munari, the artist of today Ibid, his job Ibid, the human needs of his time Ibid, material practice Design History Interrupted – A Queer-Feminist Perspective, The Responsible Object, Ece Cancli., posture Jehanne Delautrey. Quisiera que una silla no fuera Estamos Hartos (Otra Vez), Mathias Goeritz. a call for a Ece Canli trend Ibid, an urge Ibid for a new movement in design Ibid, but a queer turn Ibid, not development, not sustainability but emancipation If Not Tomorrow, Then Today, The Responsible Object, Luiza Prado de O. Martins & Pedro J.S Vieira de Oliveira, a project of excavating, unfolding and unravelling the hegemonies Ibid. But that wouldn’t look very well up there Gertrude Stein. The challenge is Complicated Pleasure, Strange Design, Dunne & Raby the notion of artistic dignity Bruno Munari, stylistic preconceptions Ibid, earthly things The I Ching or Book of Changes, Wilhelm / Barnes; what matters to this public is not what it believes but what is sees Roland Barthes. Today Jehanne Dautreuy, reality is found in Da ficçao, Vilém Flusser the makingJehanne Dautreuy. Let’s hope Arts of Wonder – Enchanting Secularity, Jeffrey L. Kosky fictions Vilém Flusser pueden tener Ulises Carrión humility and ability to respond to whatever demand is made of him by the society in Bruno Munari la necesidad de buscar identidades locales y específicas Ser arquitecto, Futuros, Camilo Restrepo. Thus Vilém Flusser., he works in such a way as to re-establish contact between art and public Bruno Munari. In reality Luiza Prado de O. Martins & Pedro J.S Vieira de Oliveira, es un lujo, lo admito El Elogio a la Sombra, Junichiro Tanizaki., the deliberate use Most Design Fiction Will Of Course Be Pretty Bad, Design Fiction Vol.2, Bruce Sterling of prototypes to suspend Ibid certain problems Bruno Munari because he knows Ibid something very simple Open Letters, Alexandra Lange: una silla tal y cual Mathias Goeritz, lo esencial Junichiro Kanizaki, is that which always lurks in the corner of the eye Luiza Prado de O. Martins & Pedro J.S Vieira de Oliveira.

tony@tonymacarena.com macarena@tonymacarena.com 2019TM Guadalajara & Mexico City, M É X I C O