Design, people and culture in Mexico
Elisava + CADA Foundation
Programme Direction: Carmen Malvar
Duration: 2 weeks, from September 3 to 18, 2021
Language: Programme in English
Place: Oaxaca, Mexico
Price: 1.265 € (all included except flights), with a 15% discount for Elisava students and Alumni
The price includes insurance during the stay in Oaxaca
Registration deadline: 20 August 2021
Note: Out of respect and caution for the artisan communities that will be visited during the stay in Oaxaca, students are requested to bring a recent negative Covid-19 test result
Oaxaca is synonymous of biological and cultural diversity. It is a paradise where the shapes, colours, aromas and wisdom of the pre-Hispanic past merge with contemporary expressions, thus creating a mosaic of exchanges, dialogues and social discussions of our times that offer unique experiences to its residents and visitors. Oaxaca is currently a source of inspiration for artists, designers, and art lovers, and a space for growth and learning for creators. In Mexico, design has always existed everywhere: in the corner shop, in the markets, in the gardens and, in general, in everyday life; we are a culture that is inclined to the visual. The inspiration comes from what we know: from religion, food, nature, customs and traditions; from our Mexican universe. It is precisely that inspiration that has currently led artisans and designers to generate innovative and trendy proposals. The mixture of the knowledge of both of them, the processes that each one generates, culminates in what many call "Mexican design".
Programme in collaboration with CADA Foundation, a platform whose main aim is to foster and facilitate for local artisans and suppliers becoming part of the local and global economy. It aims to achieve, in a viral way, sustainable models from the environmental, social, and economic point of view based on a dialogue with the different communities’ artisan approach.
Structure and content
This trip will allow participants to know and reflect on the context in which this phenomenon of the intersection between crafts, design and art is developing. There will be:
- meetings with artisans, designers and artists,
- practical workshops to explore different materials and techniques such as wood, clay, textile, tin, engraving,
- visits to archaeological sites, and
- living experiences related to gastronomy and Oaxaca's biodiversity.
The trip lasts two weeks, including weekends. The schedule of activities per day is approximately 8 hours, except for two days in which the activities will be shorter to give participants the opportunity to rest and do their own activities.
Programme leader: Carmen Malvar
Professors: Ana Paula Fuentes Quintana
Minimum: 12 students
Maximum: 22 students
Area: Design, Arts, Architecture Students or Professionals