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“Trastienda” is a space within Machete Gallery (Mexico City) that promotes art among new collectors, while providing a platform to emerging artists to initiate or strengthen their relationship with the Market.

During the health crisis, Machete decided to close their physical space to prioritize the operation of the gallery and thus reach the long-awaited “other side of the coast” ... as safe and sound as possible. 'New_ on the Block Vol.3' was the first exhibition in this context.

"For this third edition, we chose four talented artists with whom we started to collaborate this year. In their works, the real interwoven with fantasy; being awake with being dreaming, the present with the absent. With very different pictorial approaches, they achieve scenes that put in tension “the visible” and the daily.
I feel that this exhibition accompanies the rarefed state of mind in which these pandemic months have submerged us and forged an enunciative space where we can include and redefine our point of view. Reality as we knew it wants to be replaced institutionalized “new normal” that suggests, unwittingly and against of its objective, that the norm is something mobile. We can take this as an open invitation to be us who build our “new norm” from our trenches. Perhaps from this milestone, we remember more often that there is a powerful and subtle fantasy in addition to reality. Floria’s, Sofa’s, Mariana’s, Christian’s, yours, and mines too."

Text by Domitila Bedel

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