LA ESTACIÓN FLOTANTE Y LOS SATÉLITES SUSPENDIDOS
NOV 2021 – JAN 2022
The Active Contemplation Floating Station (EFCA, 2013-2015) is a device designed for the observation of nature in aquatic bodies. In 2015, Taka Fernández (Mexico, 1966), devised and launched the first prototype of this vehicle that at the same time functioned as a nomadic workshop and observation tower of the mangroves of the Manialtepec lagoon, Oaxaca. The station manifests itself as a versatile space: a house, workshop, observatory or sculpture, also a catalyst for dialogues and knowledge. between people and their contexts. A tower finally, from which it is easy observe but also be observed.
Prior to the start of the pandemic and the closure of non-essential activities, Fernández considered relocating the project now in the water bodies of the Valley of Mexico, redesigning the structure so that it could navigate between the narrow channels of Xochimilco. Once access to these usual spaces and dynamics was limited, Fernández began to work on this revision of Xochimilco from memory. In this way the works, large-format monochrome canvases that dialogue in two languages: abstract and figurative, they are not only windows or portals to the canals but also to memory and fiction. For Taka Fernández, red is not only a challenge formal by making it difficult to achieve tonalities and depths quickly. But it is also a color with a dual symbolic charge. It is warm and represents the life, but at the same time it refers to violence, death and destruction.