In the midst of the great tragedy and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it, the members of HaceNoche together with the co-organizing institutions, decided to postpone indefinitely and without notice the realization of our second edition, Promised Land, originally scheduled to open on October 2020.
However, after several months of discussions with said institutions, collections and commissioned artists, we feel happy and proud that despite adverse circumstances we will carry out our project in its entirety in the second half of 2021 in stages, following all health and safety protocols.
We are aware that the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has placed Mexico amongst the countries with the highest mortality rates, and we recognize the devastating effects it has had on cultural industries in a country where culture represents 3.2% of GDP. Both crises force us to rethink the way in which we dialogue with the public and existing institutions in Oaxaca, for this reason we have prioritized an exhibition project that safeguards the public’s health while allowing us to cautiously reactivate the functioning of the spaces that have generously decided to take part in HacerNoche and with whom we are united by a deep friendship.
HacerNoche coordinates and generates public, accessible, free and non-profit content; seeking from our first edition to promote dialogue between Oaxaca and its stories with other contexts, stories and regions. Our curatorial team, led in this edition by Elvira Dyangani Ose, director of The Showroom in London, has put at the center of the project an open call for young Oaxacan artists whose bases we will announce in December of this year, which will provide Oaxacan creators with an single global platform. Likewise, we seek to involve the various regions of the state through a series of public interventions and a traveling exhibition that are added to a cycle of conferences, publications and the “Satellite” program that incorporates initiatives and independent organizations.
In the conditions of this extreme present, HacerNochet: Promised Land reflects on other moments where contemporaneity has been forced to re-imagine itself.
HacerNoche: Promised Land, will open to the general public for free from October 21, 2021 to February 20, 2022 at sixteen venues.
We appreciate the generous collaboration of:
Amigos del IAGO y el CFMAB A.C.; Barjeel Art Foundation; Fundación Cinepolis; Miku Meko; Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia; Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura; The Showroom,London y el H. Ayuntamiento de Oaxaca de Juárez.