Commissioner: Diego E. Sapién Muñoz, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura
Curators: APRDELESP y Mariana Botey
The Mexican Pavilion is an immersive space based on a 1:1 scale fragment of the expanded model of the campesino basketball court, an infrastructure that has become repurposed as a space for poly- and pluri-valent processes of decolonisation in Mexico’s indigenous communities. Our case study on these basketball courts functions as a laboratory for investigation of the adaptations and transformations that have allowed these spaces to transcend their original purpose and to become instead focal points for the construction of political, social, and cultural processes.
The campesino basketball court, repurposed, is much more than the deconstruction of a Western sporting facility: it is the foundational unit of construction upon which indigenous utopias build cultures of resistance.