Corn as Body, Territory and Ideology

Artwork by Aldo Martinez Muñoz

12 October - 9 November 2017

Opening Reception on Thursday, 12 October
11:00 am - 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artist Talk, 12:00 pm - 1:pm

Panel/Round Table on Wednesday, 18 October / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tortilla Workshop on Tuesday, 24 October / 11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Reading/Library of Native Corn on Wednesday, 25 October / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Screening of Farmers Videos on Wednesday, 1 November / 6:30 pm

Sunú Screening on Wednesday, 8 November / 6:30 pm

Join the Southwestern College (SWC) Gallery for the opening of Yo Tlaolli: Corn as Body, Territory & Ideology a show curated by Sara Solaimani. Yo Tlaolli is a traveling exhibition of Aldo Martinez Muñoz's MFA work at UNAM, and his debut solo exhibition in the United States. "Tlaolli" Nahuatl for corn, meets "yo" ("I" in Spanish), to reflect the artist's process of internalization of corn as a medium, metaphor and object of study. Corn cultivation and export, historically Mexico's main source of agricultural income, is part of the native ancestral knowledge that takes into account many different factors such as altitude of the region and crop cycle and rotation. The diversity of these practices, region by region, is a symbol for the heterogeneity of Mexican identity in Martínez Muñoz’ corn based works. Through a community events series, we will invite dialogue in an educational setting to generate collective reflection on the cultivation practices of native Mexican corn and the repercussions that the North American agricultural market had on these practices in the post NAFTA era. Maize is central in the Indigenous ideologies of the Americas. Native American cosmologies depict gods and goddesses of maize, making it a sacred symbol with deep roots in the region's native ontologies. By bringing this work to San Diego, SWC seeks to visibilize a way of life that late capitalism and free trade have extinguished.
SWC Art Gallery/710 Building, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, California 91910

Art Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Made possible by a grant from the Southwestern College Foundation.
Events are free and open to the public.
$3 parking in student lots

Sara Solaimani is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts Phd Candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. For more about her work, please visit:

Image is courtesy of Artist Aldo Martinez Muñoz.