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Zegache - Third Contemporary Intervention on 18th-Century Art

Wednesday November 10, 2010 - Wednesday January 5, 2011

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With the financial assistance of the Alfredo Harp Helú and La Curtiduría cultural foundations, in addition to restoring two altarpieces at the church of Santa Ana Zegache, seven young apprentices were trained in the crafts of restoration and woodcarving. These young people have now left their community to take up positions in institutions all over the country, making way for new apprentices, whose work will provide a monthly income for their families and hopefully prevent them from succumbing to the temptation to emigrate.

Skills taught at the Zegache community workshops include the restoration of mural and easel paintings (in Zegache and neighboring towns), woodcarving, carpentry, application of gold leaf and embroidery. To date, four 18th-century baroque altarpieces that grace the church’s nave have been restored with the help of 18 young people from the local community, while the sale of reproductions of 13 mirror framework designs have raised enough funds to finance other restoration projects and keep the workshops running. The original 18th-century mirrors can be seen in the church of Santa Ana Zegache.

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