We are all human of different cultural backgrounds, with many particular habits. We should not be portrayed by stereotypes, cast, or pinned to any particular social prejudice. I will not deny my Mexican upbringing (heritage), and it will not limit me in any way. Such imaginary walls, I feel only divide us and place barriers. My work reflects the environment we all share, yet sometimes my Latino background draws a focus towards social awareness, that most times sits quietly in the background of our conscience. My work is based on collaboration with society. It creates a reaction from those that observe, reminding them of the injustices in our communities, cities, states, countries, and sometimes the world. The responsibility as an artist is to reflect all that surrounds us and makes us aware by bringing out our most hidden images from within our subconscious.
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Performed by Saúl Aguirre at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. October 30, 2013.
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What people say
"When I walked into the space artist Saúl Aguirre was performing his work, 'Tokeo', I was amazed by the his ability to capture the imagination of the audience. Surrounded on two levels by an engaged audience, Aguirre piously and methodically expressed complex ideas of heritage, time, and modification. UICA was pleased and honored to have the work of Aguirre be a part of 'Pulso: Arte de las Americas'."
Alexander PaschkaExhibitions CuratorUrban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) 2013
"Saúl is a great art professional with solid execution whatever the task might be... and as an artist.... he has solid aesthetics."
Aron Packer Aron Packer Gallery 2009