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The work of this Huichol artist triumphed in Paris, but was forgotten in Mexico

July 13, 2020

His work was improperly assembled, the author was ignored and he was not even invited to the presentation.

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The work of this Huichol artist triumphed in Paris, but was forgotten in MexicoThe work of this Huichol artist triumphed in Paris, but was forgotten in Mexico

This story originally appeared on Mexico Unknown

The world is full of injustices, many of which never come to light. This is the subject of documentation Mountains echo from Nicolás Echevarría, a film that tells the story of an abused Huichol artist.

The filmmaker Nicolás Echeverría

It all started in 1997 when the aborigines Huichol Santos Motoapohua de la Torre finished his work with the title Huichol thought and soul. The work essentially consists of a 2.40 x 3 meter mural and consists of Chaquira.

In the same year the government of the president Ernesto Zedillo gave the work to France. Despite the in the Palais Royal Musée du Louvre in Paris, its author was never paid the promised money.

Huichol thought and soul by Santos Motoapohua de la Torre

On the contrary, his work was assembled incorrectly, the author was ignored and he was not even invited to the presentation.

For this reason, the producer Michael Fitzgeral and Echevarría They wanted to make the documentary an open complaint against abuse by the PRI government. At the same time, the documentary became a tribute to the author of the work, who was forgotten.

A Huichol artisan

Santos de la Torre defines himself as an ordinary man and does not consider himself an artist. She is over 70 years old and lives in a remote area in the north of Jaliscoin a population without basic services.

Santos de la Torre with his wife / Image: Via México Unknown

Santos de la Torre indifferently remembers the mural on display in Paris. He currently has four murals in Mexican cities and one in the United States. His work takes up aspects of the Huichol worldview and he currently lives on it. However, it is not considered a dealer and frames his work in ritual life. He explains about his works:

“My pictures are read from bottom to top as men grow.”

Also the documentary Mountains echo was awarded the press award on Guadalajara International Film Festival.