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Space Invaders VII – The Gift
Cholula, Mexico
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Space Invaders VII – The Gift

the term gift can refer to any item or act of service that makes the other happier or less sad

Artists: Andrea Coyotzi Borja, How to Life, Martinez, Raimo Saarinen, Vappu Jalonen,  Marcelino Barsi, Mayra Morales, Alejandro Osorio, Gerardo Montes de Oca, Dana Neilson, Sara Kärpänen, Tapilapi, Raúl Aguilar & Marcela Boquez

Space Invaders is an ongoing project that takes over a chosen location and brings visual art, performance, music, research and urban planning together. It uses location itself as a starting point to make something special, temporal and site-specific; something which can never reappear exactly the same. Each year Space Invaders has a new theme and theoretical starting point related to space and time and their narratives at hand. In 2019 the theme is gift, something that refers to giving and kindness, but that can also have abusive or manipulative purposes. Art in public and semi-public space can be interpreted as a gift – given to someone without the expectation of payment in return, but as a gift it is not always a wanted one. An unwanted gif is known as a white elephant.

The physical space is always crucial for Space Invaders but at the same time the situations that become present and visible through the works of art are just as important. The event focuses how to create artworks related to the space activated, as well as the historical context of exhibiting art, hierarchical structures, and social questions. It also questions the traditional roles of the curator, producer, and artist, suggesting new ways to co-work in productions and is based on collective working and thinking together.

In the 7th edition of Space Invaders a group of artists from Finland, Mexico and from the past Space Invaders events will be presented in Cholula, Mexico in Proceso Abierto, Mercado Negro, Impronta Lab, Casa Canis and Azotacalles.

Space Invaders VII – The Gift is kindly supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Finland and Frame Contemporary Art Finland, and realised in collaboration with Azotacalles, Impronta Lab and Proceso Abierto


Thur 21
Opening 7pm at Casa Canis (18 poniente 201 Int. E401 Joyas Arqueológicas / A unas calles de Galeria Mercado Negro)
Performance by Vappu Jalonen
Evening continues at Azotacalles

Fri 22
Casa Canis
4–6pm exhibition open
5:30pm performance by Vappu Jalonen
Proceso Abierto (Av. 6 Ote. 615, Barrio de San Miguel Tianguisnahuitl, Cholula, Pue.)
Opening 7pm
Drinks, music, snacks

Sat 23
Impronta Lab
3pm Tapilapi
Casa Canis
4–6pm exhibition open
5:30pm performance by Vappu Jalonen


Cholula — An exclamation of pure respect and admiration for something by Raimo Saarinen can be found: Instagram/@raimosaarinen