Chinelos Tepoztlan (from the series 'Pesonajes de Morelos, Mexico') by Sergio Sanchez Santamaria

Chinelos Tepoztlan (from the series Pesonajes de Morelos, Mexico) by Sergio Sanchez Santamaria

Chinelos Tepoztlan (from the series 'Pesonajes de Morelos, Mexico')

Sergio Sanchez Santamaria

Title

Chinelos Tepoztlan (from the series 'Pesonajes de Morelos, Mexico')

 
Artist
Year
2016  
Technique
linocut 
Image Size
11 3/4 x 8 5/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
11 of 15  
Annotations
pencil titled, and editioned below image 
Reference
 
Paper
white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Grafica Del Grabador Sergio Sanchez Santamaria. 
Inventory ID
21216 
Price
$250.00 
Description

Two figures in costume dance to the beat of a drum in this linocut by contemporary Mexican printmaker Sergio Santamaria Sanchez. The dancers, called chinelos, are of Indigenous Mexican descent, and wear costumes that combine papier-mache masks and elaborate, heavily decorated robes whose designs borrow from both European and traditional Mexican garb. Modern chinelos stem from the early 19th century Carnival celebrations, in which role reversal and mockery - normally considered inappropriate - is encouraged. The costumes, featuring masks with white-painted, distorted faces and upturned beards, are meant to poke fun of European colonialists.

There are four major municipalities in the state of Morelos in which these dances take place: Tepoztlan, Tlayacapan, Yautapec, and Juitapec. Some disagreement surrounds the city of origin, particularly between Tepoztlan and Tlayacapan. Each region, however, has its own unique interpretation of the costumes and, as noted by Sanchez, are works of art worthy of recording in themselves.

Tepoztlan insists that they are the first to wear the suit and perform the Chinelo. There are no official documents to support this but, regardless, the costume and dance are beautiful and characteristic of the region. The difference between the Tepoztlan and Tlayacapan suits is quite evident.

 

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