Word of Mouth: Guadalajara, Mexico

Tradition and modernity collide in this buzzing city full of art, food and charm

by Leora Novick Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara, may be large but its Lafayette neighborhood has been making a name for itself as a niche haven for art, design and culinary delights for some time. The streets are lined with stately homes, colorful architecture (famed Guadalajaran architect Luis Barragan has work sprinkled throughout) and plenty of foliage. It’s a city where the modern meets the traditional—a …

El Tesoro Tequila’s Farm and Distillery, Arandas

Exploring the Jalisco region's agave treasures with Master Distiller Carlos Camarena

by Nicolas Stecher “Historically, these plants can provide people with shelter, food, spirits, of course— tools with their needles to sow. Everything!” Carlos Camarena tells us, standing on the red clay earth amid a field of agaves. He goes on to explain how the succulent’s dried leaves are still used in the region for roofing and building walls, its quioxotes (long pistols) for fences, and …

Bahidorá Festival in Morelos, Mexico

The picturesque Las Estacas Natural Park plays host to a multi-faceted experience

by Ida Therén In its sixth year, the two-day Bahidorá Festival at Las Estacas Natural Park in Morelos, Mexico offers a weekend of sun, dancing and beautiful scenery. Unlike many contemporaries, Bahidorá considers itself a carnival rather than a dance music festival. That vision—to create a multi-faceted experience—is clear in how DJ acts are mixed with bands and art installations throughout the festival area. While …

ZsONAMACO 2018: The Universal Language of Angles

Exploring geometric abstraction at the Mexico City art fair

Just over a century old, geometric abstraction has remained an enduring and continuously evolving movement in the Western art world. Leading to a number of monumental sub-movements (such as De Stijl, Cubism, Bauhaus), the use of the simplified Euclidean shape has allowed for endless possibility in composition while conveying a universal understanding of form. This has granted the style flexibility enough to be translated out …

ZsONAMACO 2018: Design with Life

Designers look toward the organic for inspiration at this year's fair in Mexico City

Though dwarfed by the festival’s main contemporary art event, ZsONAMACO Design is a lively world of its own, featuring a remarkable selection of fashion, jewelry, interior decor and furniture. The category was an obvious success, with attendees enthusiastically walking out the door with pieces purchased right off the floor. Stylistically, exhibitors were as diverse as the industry itself, but one particular theme seemed to emanate …