31 Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
Starting June 22
Tue - Thur 12 - 6 PM
Ilegal Mezcal aims to create a genuine, unique approach to their exhibitions by establishing a sense of community through the shared personal experience of art. This environment provides a platform for the art to speak for itself, and allows the artist to fully benefit from the profits of their work.
Ilegal's West Village home, the historic Perry Street Theatre, showed its last gallery exhibition in Fall 2018. The Ilegal Gallery series will find a new home in Brooklyn in 2019.
Tres – A Visual Exploration of the Muxes of Juchitán
Hidden in the south of Mexico lies a small region containing a community which follows pre-columbian Zapotecan customs. Juchitán is not only the last matriarchy in Mexico but also the only place in the country that acknowledges a third gender. Our collaboration revolves around them; the Muxes.
The Muxes are what American society would classify as transgender. Male born members of the Zapotecan culture that take on the roles of women. The inspiration for this project is the deep involvement of the Muxes’ role in their community. In an age of increasing connectivity and outside influences, the Muxes and the ancient Zapotecan traditions are being preserved and protected by the people and government of Oaxaca, from the heteronormativity that most cultures impose.
Immersing ourselves in their culture and integrating with the members of this region, we captured their truthful spirit, transforming it into visual statements for our audience to feel and experience. Through a combination of photography and mixed media, we to show our viewers how this society that is run with respect and acceptance is more beneficial than harmful.
We are both queer artists with a mutual admiration for each others artistic styles it was clear to us the necessity to create something beautiful, reflecting the special affinity and respect we have for the sociocultural importance of this group and its members. We hope our viewers feel moved by the evocative and thoughtful visual exploration we present.