Breaking Borders: From Mexico to the World
Borders were meant to be broken
Alonso Murillo, a fashion stylist, drew attention in college by strolling through campus in high heels. Mariana Garcia, a photographer, publishes an annual magazine filled with pictures of naked women. Alan Favero, an interior designer, collaborates with indigenous populations. And Ricardo Gonzalez, founder of “It’s a Living”, gets paid full-time to create wall art.
Aside from being born in Mexico, each artist shares another core similarity: the courage to challenge and shift long-standing mindsets through their creativity.
To celebrate this incendiary spirit, Industry is flying each artist in from Mexico (or New York, in Gonzalez’s case), and featuring them during their DWP event: Breaking Borders: From Mexico to the World. Here, each artist will share inspiring stories and presentations, followed by a panel discussion.
Why did you select these artists?
We really could’ve brought in so many artists, as there’s a huge movement with the new generation in Mexico saying, “Don’t put me in this spectrum.” But each of these artists is breaking a certain border or stereotype in his or her own way.
For example, Alonso is breaking borders on gender fluidity. For Mariana, it’s posting photos of naked women, though she’s from a very conservative part of Mexico. Alan is breaking very fixed mindsets on class, value, and social division. And Ricardo is changing ideas on how we can make a living.
Essentially, each artist is saying: You can be and do whatever you want, so long as you believe in it.
How does this event align with your work as an agency?
For one, we’re a pretty multicultural space. We have people from Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, and it leads to bigger ideas and different perspectives. So bringing stories from Mexico to Portland is important to us. But even beyond that, we believe in what we do, and we believe that, through our work, we can actually move people. And these artists are also embodying that.
Each artist had to step out of his or her comfort zone to create what’s next, and that’s what we want to do as a company. We don’t want to follow trends, we want to create them.
Why did you want to bring in artists from Mexico, specifically?
Right now, there’s so much energy going through Mexico City (in 2018, Mexico City was named “Design Capital of the World”). It’s a city with so much life, and so much chaos and beauty. But people don’t know what’s happening in Mexico, especially on the creative scene. And as a creative, you need to be curious and to know what’s happening in the world.
So we want to bring in people from somewhere else. Portland’s design scene is pretty strong, but we as designers still need to look beyond ourselves. So this is an opportunity to breathe some outside air and get inspired by incredible people doing some really powerful work.