Enrique Ruiz Acosta, Mexico

Residency Period: 1 November 2014 - 31 October 2015


Bio

Mexican artist Enrique Ruiz Acosta studied at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Artes Visuales from 1979 to 1985 in Monterrey Mexico after which he spent time in Germany and Europe for two years, where he was exposed to various mainstream cultural movements. He then returned to Mexico and began his career as an artist while teaching at his University. He was part of a generation of artists who enjoyed a local prestige in Monterrey. In 2008 he began his PHD which has gradually brought him to this hiatus.

URL: enriqueruix.tumblr.com


On-hiatus Proposal Summary

Having worked and well-recognized as an artist in his community, in 2012, various factors in his personal and professional existence led to a re-evaluation of the way he had been conducting his life and career as an artist to this point. He gave up his teaching position at the university and began new pursuits such as meditation, random conversations, poetry workshops etc., as ways to assess where and who he is and where he would like to be. Enrique has reached a hyper-awareness of middle age and the corresponding time remaining for productivity and how exactly he should use it -- a mixture of thoughts and concerns about what to do just before he becomes too old or even perhaps senile. He plans to use his hiatus residency at RFAOH to make the best decisions for his remaining life.


Final Report

And now for something completely different
- Monty Python Flying Circus

No hay mucho que agregar a lo que ya he escrito durante un año. La residencia ha sido una estimulante oportunidad para resolver algunos aspectos de mi crisis, mientras que otros aspectos han permanecido aún a la deriva o irresueltos. Pero sobre todo encontré esta afortunada coincidencia (si es que existen las coincidencias) con un plan al que ahora me estoy impulsando para realizar a partir del 2016, algo que ya he comentado en estos últimos dos meses de residencia. Ha pasado un año y mi percepeción es que casi todo el tiempo de la residencia me sentí motivado a participar. Me hice preguntas necesarias y traté de responderlas. Escribí en español y traduje al inglés. A este complicado ejercicio se agregó el diálogo con los colegas (algunos de ellos, no todos) lo cual fue esencial para clarificar y para ubicar / desubicar las diferentes posiciones que tenemos frente al mundo del arte. Ha sido difícil al mismo tiempo que un poco extraño y otro poco cómico. Creo que las diferencias interculturales a veces dejaron huecos en las conversaciones imposibles de resolver.

There isn't much to add to what I already have written in one year. The residence has been an exciting opportunity to solve some aspects of my crisis, while other aspects have still remained unresolved or still drifting. But above all I found this lucky coincidence (if coincidences exist) with a plan that I'm pushing for, and that will start in 2016, something I have mentioned in the last two months of the residence. A year is gone, and my perception is that almost every moment I felt motivated to participate in this peculiar residence. I asked necessary questions and tried to answer them. I wrote in Spanish and translated it into English. In this complicated exercise, the dialogue with colleagues (some of them, not all of them) was essential to clarify and to locate/dislocate some of the different positions we have concerning the world of art. It was difficult but at the same time a little odd, and a little funny sometimes. I think cultural differences sometimes leave gaps behind impossible to solve.


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recent comments

On Nov 1 2015, Matt commented on 16: Thank you Enrique; It was lovely having you.[...]

On Nov 1 2015, enrique commented on 15: thanks milena, I'll look for it !![...]

On Oct 13 2015, milena kosec commented on 15: It seems the XXI century circumstances are the same all aroun the world. I just saw very sad documen[...]

On Oct 9 2015, shinobu commented on 15: OK, so you are still with us, phew! But can you believe it is the LAST month anyway?!?[...]

On Oct 4 2015, enrique commented on 14: yesss! that's it! good ol' prehispanic cuisine !! [...]


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¿Cuándo fue la última vez que hice algo que, especificamente, fuese hecho para el mundo del arte? Es decir, para ser exhibido o presentado en un espacio dedicado a legitimarlo como objeto o producto de arte. En julio del 2014 adapté una tira de papel para ticketes para una exhibición colectiva en la Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León. Era un trabajo que originalmente había hecho en 2006 para un supermercado.

Antes de eso creo que el último año que estuve verdaderamente activo, con exhibiciones y proyectos, fue precisamente ese año 2006. Si recuerdo el momento en el que empecé mi incursión en el mundo del arte, diría que fue en 1977. Entonces fueron casi 30 años de trabajo, y después de 2006, fueron casi 10 años en pausa. Ni mucho ni poco, solamente eso, el tiempo que vuela.

En esos últimos 10 años hice cosas diferentes, y logré decifrar asuntos complejos de mi vida. Pasé por un doctorado, viví fuera de mi ciudad por 4 años, exploré otras actividades que no había conocido, leí sobre filosofía, ciencias sociales y psicoanálisis, y así.

Hoy me siento atraído por un proyecto de producción que me parece he madurado lentamente. Casi todos los días hago notas, preparativos, bosquejo ideas, encuentro relaciones, organizo carpetas en la computadora, y me imagino el trabajo que estoy deseoso de empezar.

La residencia Hiatus me ayudó a revisar y ordenar ciertas ideas, sobre todo porque escribir para alguien (el reporte) es responder a las preguntas que, aunque no se expresan, están ahí para ser respondidas. Soy interpelado por mi. La residencia fue un afortunado encuentro, una coincidencia con mi proceso personal (¿existirán las coincidencias?) y aún cuando estoy apurando el paso para empezar mi proyecto, aún tengo que soltar otras actividades. Andar a la deriva todos estos años ha tenido un costo y una inversión de tiempo que no puedo abandonar con la rapidez que quisiera. No puedo separarme de eso más que con la voluntad de hacerlo, y procurando cerrar los ciclos y las encuentros (asesorias, cursos, archivos de imágenes, viajes, voluntariados, lecturas, etc).

Nunca me he separado del mundo del arte pero en este período he aprendido a verlo de otro modo. No he abandonado el quehacer, sino que lo trasmuté en inquietudes y preocupaciones diferentes, en otros campos, acciones y miradas. En este momento lo que persigo, el quehacer que viene, está relacionado con una aguda conciencia que me resulta dolorosa de comprender, en la que me siento atravesado por las circunstancias de un siglo xxi sin utopías, cínico, desterrado, desposeído. Un zeitgeist interiorizado que me duele como también me duele el cuerpo de viejo.

El proyecto que iniciaré es entonces un testimonio que trata de dar cuenta de lo que sucede en el presente desde el cúmulo de experiencias de mi existencia. Es una tarea ambiciosa. Estoy preparandome para hacerla y la situo a partir del 2016. Presupongo que me tomará dos o tres años de trabajo constante para concluirla.

Es una certeza. Por ello, en ciertos momentos presentes siento que estoy perdiendo el tiempo, o que no quiero aceptar mas tareas o actividades que vayan mas allá de diciembre del 2015. Percibo mi actitud, y es razonable. Es ese giro el que marca la diferencia entre estar a la deriva sin quehacer, y sentir urgencia de producir lo que se tiene que producir, ya sea arte o no-arte, no importa. Es algo que se oculta entre las palabras, las cosas y las sensaciones. Se requiere llevarlo a la práctica para probar hasta donde puede ser atrapado ese escurridizo asunto.

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When was the last time I made something, specifically made for the art-world? That is, to be exhibited or presented in a space dedicated to legitimize it as an art object or an art product. It was in July 2014 when I reused a roll of supermarket ticketpaper for a collective exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo Leon. It was a work that was originally made in 2006 as an intervention in a Soriana supermarket in Monterrey.

Before 2014 it was precisely 2006 the last year I was really active with exhibitions and art projects. If I remember when I began my foray into the art-world I would say it was in 1977. So, there you have almost 30 years of work, and after 2006 until now almost 10 years paused, in hiatus. Neither a lot nor few time, just that, time flies.
In those 10 recent years I did different things and I managed to decipher complex issues of my life. I went through a doctorate, I lived out of my city for 4 years, I explored other activities that I had not known, I read about philosophy, social sciences and psychoanalysis, and so on.

Today I feel attracted to a production project that I think I have matured slowly. Since two years ago almost every day I make notes, preparations, sketch ideas, find relationships, organize folders on the computer, but not in a specific direction. But now I can imagine the work that I’m eager to get started.

The Hiatus residence helped me to review and organize certain ideas, especially because writing for someone (as in the report) is to answer questions, although not expressed, that I ask to be answered. I’m challenged by me most of the time. The residence was a fortunate encounter, a coincidence with my personal process (are there, really, coincidences?) And even when I’m rushing over to start my project, I have yet to release other activities. To drift all these years has now a cost and it required an investment of time. I can’t leave those activities as quickly as I would like. I can’t break up with them but only with the will to do it, and taking care to close their cycles (consultations, courses, files, volunteering, reading circles, etc.).

I have never been separated from the art-world but in this 10 year period I have learned to see it differently. I transmuted my work into different concerns and worries in other fields, actions and optics. What I pursue right now, this next task, is related to an acute awareness that I find painful to understand; I also feel crossed by the XXI century circumstances, a hopeless century without utopias, cynical, routlessness and dispossessed. A zeitgeist internalized in me that hurts like my body hurts as I get older.

My project is a testimony that attempts to make an account for what happens in my context and from the experience of my life. It is an ambitious task. I’m getting ready to do it and I may begin it in 2016. I assume it will take me two or three years of constant work to finish it. Bye hiatus status.

It is a certainty. Therefore, sometimes in the present I feel I’m wasting my time, or that don’t want to accept more tasks or activities that go beyond December 2015. I perceive my attitude, and it is reasonable. It is this shift that makes the difference between being adrift, and feeling urgency to produce what is to be produced, either art or non-art, no matter. It is something that is hidden between words, things and feelings. I need to do it to test how far can I caught that elusive thing.

Leave a Comment (3)

enrique wrote on Nov 1:

thanks milena, I'll look for it !!

milena kosec wrote on Oct 13:

It seems the XXI century circumstances are the same all aroun the world. I just saw very sad documentary film We Come as Friends by Hubert Sauper. Must to see!

shinobu wrote on Oct 9:

OK, so you are still with us, phew! But can you believe it is the LAST month anyway?!?