In places where the painful stories remain hidden,
remembering and articulating the memory can be an act of politic resistance.
Mary Jane Jacob
Hence why I am interested in revisiting history as a means of understanding current times, as a means of comprehending the reality I live in and I am part of, aiming at defining the future.
The One event, out of the intricate weave defining my reality that has drawn my attention most particularly is also one whose importance has been diminished through the years in people’s memory, despite the strong evidence of its existence and the proportion of its implications as a symbol of the ferocious arrival of modern times.
Circa 1895, the Grand Central National Foundry is settled in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Dedicated to the processing of cooper and lead extracted from mines in the towns of Tepezalá and Asientos, this foundry was presented by the government as a beacon of progress for this small city, therefore concessions and exemptions were granted, aiming at producing profits for a town full of people willing to work and find wellbeing. 30 years were just about enough for the complete depletion of the resources the company was interested in, which brought about abandonment.
Tepezalá is now just a collection of piles of pebbles and stones under which people still live. There are still Industrial residues that for many of the inhabitants of Aguascalientes have just always been a part of the landscape, a perennial presence. In the world, there are 4 renowned museums holding the same last name, venues that represent that transition from hope to disappointment: Guggenheim.