The leakage between two artists, Bror Kronstrand Anna Viola Hallberg, two eras and geographical and geopolitical settings along the railroad track between the main harbor city Veracruz and capital Mexico City. Together the two project explore dimensions of memory both as a personal and cultural phenomena. The topic of desire is at play.
Kronstrand made this journey primarily to see the city of the Aztec. He started out in November 1923 and left Mexico in January 1924. At the time Veracruz was a major port of entry for European immigrants today. The same district today is frequented by the cargo trains with immigrants from the south “La Bestia”. Kronstrand made a number of portraits of prominent people during his stay in DF.
Reminiscence (dual projection, independent loops)
Media: 2 channel HD video, color w sound & narration.
Duration: 17.59 min
Reminiscence (dual projection sala 3/4, independent loops)
Media: 2 channel HD video, color w sound
Duration: 16.31 min
Assistant: Åsa Öhrn
Narrator & Translation: Karina Ocaña
Media: 1 channel HD video, color with sound.
Titel: Metlac – cruzando una barranca
Interviewee: Lucina Rangel Vargas, Jafa de departemento de monumentos históricos
Translation: Karina Ocaña
Assistant: Åsa Öhrn
Media: Photographic Series (Hallberg & Kronstrand)
From the journey between Veracruz and Mexico City. 2015/1923
Media: Tiled street posters
Portraits of: Bror Kronstrand, Anna Viola Hallberg, General San Martin & José Gonzales
The work is turning the prestigious art of portraiture into street activism. It accentuates the concepts representable for the two artists, Hallberg & Kronstrand by having two juxtaposing portraits.
Kronstrands notes and photographs from the journey along the the railroad between the main harbor on the Atlantic, Veracruz and the capital Mexico City. Kronstrand made this journey primarily to see the city of the Aztec, it was in the winter of 1921-23. At the time Veracruz was a major port of entry for European immigrants today. The same district today is frequented by the cargo trains with immigrants from the south “La Bestia”.
The photograph above by Bror Kronstrand is of the bridge of the Barranca de Metlac in Veracruz. It is a curving bridge so it could be taken from the train . Kronstrand took this route in November 1923 or January 1924 with “El Mexicano 101″.
Project grant: Swedish Visual Arts Fund/IASPIS
Solo show at Museo de la cuidad, Queretaro (MX) March 6th – April 12th 2015. >>>
Åsa Öhrn, artist, project assistant, Mexico (2015)
Karina Ocana, Msc International Museum Studies, research co-ordinator, Mexico (2014-15)
Photo: Bror Kronstrand
Caption: Railroad between Veracruz-Mexico City, winter of 1923/24.
Use of images from Bror Kronstrand with permission from The Municipallity of Mariestad, Image Archive