Cynthia Gutiérrez detected the prevalence of stained-glass windows in Santa María’s older buildings. Among those is the building of the El Pensador Mexicano public elementary school. The artist approached the school community and proposed that it create a design that could be translated into a stained-glass work to be installed in the school.
Gutiérrez worked with Claudia Hernández, the owner of a small stained-glass workshop in the neighborhood, on the design of educative practices to work with groups of schoolchildren. Over the course of a year, the group carried out exercises about identity, memory, belonging, and language, thus developing a series of abstract forms that shaped the codification of a common language, only understandable to the members of the group. With this language they created a design in which they integrated the narration of their most important experiences in the school space.
The stained glass was installed in a window that measured thirty square meters, in a common area of the school. As a way of closing the project, the children and the artist shared the process of creating the window with the rest of the students. Over one week, they carried out educational exercises in which all the students could imagine their own stained-glass pieces.
Curators: Osvaldo Sánchez and Josefa Ortega
Final Project: Thirty-square-meter stained-glass window installed in the El Pensador Mexicano elementary school.
Production coordinator: Sergio Olivares
Educational activities: Cynthia Gutiérrez and Claudia Hernández with support from Alejandra Godínez and Óscar Nagore
Production and installation of the stained glass: Mario Corona, Abanico vitrales
Production assistance: Mariano Arribas and César Morales
Co-participants: Juan Leonardo Almaguer Cabrera, Sofy Shanty Castillo Chávez, Diego Chavira Paz, Ámbar Lee Figueroa, André Emiliano González Alvarado, Leonardo Arturo Guzmán Rodríguez, Victoria Samantha Guzmán Rodríguez, Luis Alejandro Madrigal Sánchez, Samara Ortiz Rivera, Fátima Kinari Piedra Arroyo, Karla Alisson Ramírez Valladares, Gerardo Guillermo San Lázaro Rivera, Khalya Melissa Téllez Hernández and Iann Yeshua Vargas Martínez: students from the El Pensador Mexicano school; and Claudia Hernández from Vitrolero Vitrales Artesanales
Interlocutors: Mónica Amieva, Fernando García Correa and Christian del Castillo
This project was made possible by: Buenaventura Foundation through National Visual Arts Production carried out with fiscal stimulus EFIARTES and BBVA Bancomer Foundation/Proyecto Bi