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Zegache-Talleres Comunitarios Zegache - Mirrors, A Contemporary Intervention on 18th-Century Art

Tuesday January 1 - Friday February 1, 2008

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Maestro Rodolfo Morales founded the Zegache community workshops. Their primary purpose is to create jobs for the young people of Santa Ana Zegache, so they can enjoy better quality of life without having to migrate. Their other goal is to preserve the town’s artistic and cultural heritage, and revive traditional crafts like woodcarving, water gilding, and the application of egg tempera, among other techniques that are in danger of dying out.

With the financial support of the Rockefeller and Alfredo Harp Helú foundations, a dozen young locals were employed to make reproductions of 18th-century mirrors using techniques that ranged from cedarwood carving, the preparation of half chalk grounds and the application of 23.5 carat gold leaf to fine silver, egg tempera and oil painting. The funds raised by the sale of these 100 reproductions in Mexico and abroad will help ensure the continuity of this socio-cultural project.

An object loaded with symbolism in the Catholic religion, the mirrors that inspired this particular project can be seen at the church of Santa Ana Zegache.

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