04-Other Taxonomies: for love, for color, for worth…

Innovation, progress, movement and acceleration are notions that accompany our agitated modern life. That life in which everything is transformed constantly and vigorously, that in which the rapid flow of time seems to produce ephemeral instances. It is not gratuitous in this case that classifying, conserving and collecting what is considered of value by individuals and societies grows with the birth of modernity; this is expressed in contrast to our desire and intention of, as a reaction to time, reaching something that is permanent.

The philosopher Zygmunt Bauman once said that art reminds us “that which is durable can contain the transient“. To guard that which we call art in museums, collections, books… implies the giving of value to certain things, what we choose to conserve speaks about about what we were, are, and wish to keep on being. This reading list pretends, through a selection of books, to provide guidelines on which one can reflect in respect to what we believe should persist in or in relation to art. The list is composed of texts that encompass three points of focus: the first is literary, a creative exploration on how our internal, personal, libraries dialogue with work; for the second point, theoretical-historical, books were chosen which critically analyze the origin and function of institutions like the museum and the library, inasmuch as the way in which we relate to their collections; and the third, composed of material in which diverse creatives document not only works, but also their artistic process and production

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Zaira Espíritu

Zaira Espíritu holds a PhD in Anthropology from UAM-Iztapalapa, with a specialization in the analysis of art and culture. Awarded her degree in 2011 with the thesis “Art festivals in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos: Between theory and practice.“  In 2009 she realized a residency at the University of Barcelona (UB) with the aid of Beca-Mixta CONACYT. She has participated as a lecturer in different colloquiums organized by the University of Havana, CRIM-UNAM, UAM, and the Autonomous University of Madrid.

In 2014 she was a juror for the National Prize of Arts and Science Category II: Fine Arts. She was also a part of the organizing committee of the Emigra Contemporary Arts Festival and was coordinator for the magazine Tabique, which became the recipient of the Edmundo Valadés Grant awarded by Fonca in 2003 and 2004. Currently she is a professor at the Morelense Center for the Arts (CMA) and the Arts Department of the UAEM. Her work as a researcher center primarily on the relationship between creation and research in the arts.