Latin American Contemporary Art
Jorge Satorre: Registry and Ficiton

In the works of Mexican artist Jorge Satorre, fiction and reality intertwine. Historic traces and present occurrences form alliances with etchings and drawings. Together they present an enhanced view of diverse occurrences the artist relates to.

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Jorge Satorre was born in Mexico City in 1979. Through manual processes and experimentation with different materials, his work usually starts off as a response to evidential traces that are part of historical moments of the contexts and subjects he relates to. After a brief incursion at the beginning of his career in the field of editorial illustration, drawing has remained his main medium.
"The narrative possibilities of drawing allow me to make the objective record coexist with fictional elements, understanding this relationship as one of oscillation between different scales, between the individual and subjective and the general, hegemonic versions." writes the artist.

Moral Subject, Decorating the Pit, 2017

...My proposal was to carry out an intervention which consisted in connecting the exhibition room with the exterior through a big door that stayed opened during the whole duration of the show. A very big pit was dug in the garden and the picks and shovels used in the job were melted and forged into stamps with which I produced a series of patterns on the walls of the same pit. These patterns were inspired in elements found in the garden such as leaves, flowers and the footprints of the dogs that live there. A concrete cast was obtained from the stamped pit as a negative that was presented inside the gallery space together with the mechanism that made possible its displacement...

The Erratic. Measuring compensation, 2010

In September 2008 the port of Rotterdam (Maasvlakte), the largest in Europe, underwent a dramatic transformation based on a plan of extending its land 20% of its original size. It is estimated that when this project is finished, a total of 5 million tons of stone would have been bought and transported from Scandinavia for the construction of dikes and dams. Coincidentally, the few stones that can be found in Holland were almost entirely brought from this region thousands of years ago due to glacial movement. These stones are known as “erratic stones”.

A search for an “erratic stone” was organized at the same time as construction works began on the Maasvlakte, both as a symbolic gesture and a critique of the effectiveness and significance of ecological compensation programs. Finally, an approximately three and half-ton stone was found in a farm near the town of Erica, close to Emmen, Holland. A geologist analyzed it to determine its place of origin. Once this information was confirmed, the stone was moved and then abandoned in a forest in southern Sweden in January 8, 2010.

Before this action took place, I made three drawings caricaturing the process, the potential results of my proposal, as well as a “diagram” where I gathered stories related to the idea of compensation and its subsequent effects.

Black jacket, gray sweatshirt, 2020

The drawings that make up Black jacket, gray sweatshirt come from a meticulous description I wrote of a scene in the Chapultepec Woods in Mexico City. I did twenty-two drawings in my studio by reading the text each time and never looking at the previous drawing. Every illustration corresponds to twenty minutes of that day I spent in the woods; as a whole they represent seven and a half hours during which subtle changes of light and weather occur. At some point, a couple enters the scene, exchanging love gestures for three hours.

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