1 November 2014 - 31 October 2015
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.
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.
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.
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 !! [...]
From RFAOH co-directors
Enrique Ruiz Acosta’s year-long on-hiatus residency ended on October 31, 2015. We thank Enrique for his participation as our 2nd round resident, and his thoughtful and thought-provoking bilingual hiatus reports. He tells us that he’s planning to write two books (one is autobiographical!) after RFAOH! We sincerely wish him the best of luck in his post on-hiatus life, and look forward to reading his books — we need to start learning Spanich right now.
Click “Final Report” to read on his experience at RFAOH.