Pablo Vargas Lugo

(Mexico, 1968)


For INSITE97, Pablo Vargas Lugo constructed Esoteric Kiosk/Kiosko esotérico,a futuristic piece of portable architecture with fake newspapers displaying fantastical imagery. Installed outside the Centro Cultural Tijuana, the kiosk was open for public viewing every day and folded up each night to convey a sense of secrecy about its contents. The structure was divided into four sections showing two intersecting images, each referencing scientific discoveries about extraterrestrial life and life inside the core of planet Earth. Vargas Lugo related the images of the discoveries to images of heaven and hell, creating a work that functioned as an altarpiece, advertisement, and newspaper stand.

Curators: Jessica Bradley, Olivier Debroise, Ivo Mesquita, and Sally Yard
Venue: Centro Cultural Tijuana