Nadie es inocente (No One is Innocent) is directed to an artistic community where we all play a role and share responsibility. Mexico is undergoing a structural change with the concurrent creation of a Ministry of Culture and the surge of numerous independent initiatives that include both exhibition spaces as well as educational and social outreach projects. Therefore, the group in charge of planning SITAC decided to devote the XIII Edition to discussing questions that -while commonly discussed worldwide - become particularly relevant in the local context. These questions include the limits between public and private; the role of the State in contemporary production and distribution; the weakening of the borders between market and cultural interests and the role of the media in the public perception of artistic practice. While we all have different perspectives regarding these issues, they clearly deserve our collective concern and consideration.
SITAC XIII is to be developed in three phases. Phases one and three are conferences in Mexico City and Puebla, separated in time by an intermediate discussion and project-development phase. This second phase will take place in the form of multiple activities (seminars, public talks, video presentation series, etc.) between May and August, to be organized in collaboration with other institutions.
The Puebla conference program (September 30th and October 1st) will be based on the outcome of the previous months’ discussions and debates. This phase will present in-depth reflections as well as concrete proposals relating to the issues and questions of the first phase.
The purpose of the format is to detect the means and ways of building alliances and working strategies, based on the shared relationships between the large diversity of actors in the art system. While the original SITAC contributed to the cohesion of an incipient local art system— limited to the three days of the symposium and clinics—now it seeks to transcend that format to position itself as a platform to detect areas of conflict and propose shared solutions.
The conference contents and coordination are the result of the collaboration of the SITAC/PAC team, with Rafael Lemus, Maria Minera, Carmen Serra and Pilar Villela.
The themes discussed in SITAC XIII: No One Is Innocent are:
1. The Politics Behind State Cultural Management
2. A Culture of Common Good?
3. The Production of Art Value