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Knotwork I, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork II, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork III, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork IV, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork V, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork VI, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork VII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork VIII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork IX, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork X, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XI, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XIII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XIV, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XV, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XVI, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XVII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XVIII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XIX, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XX, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXI, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXIII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXIV, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXV, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXVI, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXVII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXVIII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXIX, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXX, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXI, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXIII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXIV, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXV, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXVI, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXVII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotwork XXXVIII, 2013. Digital image, Inkjet print. 24 x 24 in.

Knotworks

 

This project proposes a reading of fragments that had constructed the imaginary of of the city through the collection of The Museum of Mexico City. Departing from a photographic study of the collection in situ, using the gaze of a forensic investigator, he makes evident the accidents and filiations that emerge out of the process of cataloguing. The exhibition presents the photographs of his study, together with objects, images and documents of the collection that Ruiz himself has selected, arranged under the logic of enigma and the anecdote. The stage where this takes place is the studio of the late artist Joaquín Clausell that has been a witness of the evolution of Museo de la Ciudad de México. The show proposes a dialogue with the multitude of images that inhabit the walls of the studio, knotting threads of communication with the selected objects of the archive and generating new meanings. Here the figure of Clausell becomes fundamental, reevaluating his historical presence through the objects that occupy the house where he once lived. The process was developed through a curatorial dialogue between the artist and the philosopher José Luis Barrios, who proposed a series of questions about what a collection means and its consequences around the concept of truth. In this way the dynamics of the encounter were generated relating gaze and history; as Barrios describes it in the text that accompanies the exhibition: “Anudamientos (knotworks) is a site specific piece that attempts to set a crisis of the pretension of truth, objectivity and reality, that by principle defines the value of any given collection or archive.” The result is a piece that operates a resignification of the imaginary of the museum through its memory condensed in one same place. Where the knotting between gaze, space and objects summon the specter and the trace as two different sides of the imaginary.