11th May 2021
- Editorial Message
- Messages from Mexican Embassy in the UK
- News from Mexican Societies in the UK
- Mexican research in British universities
- Arts & Culture / Artists
- Information and events
Uncertainty has been the status quo since the pandemic began. We understand how this state of affairs affects us in several ways: financially and emotionally. The MexSocUK has worked during these challenging times to promote Mexican societies as supporting communities for postgraduate students, and to defend students from changes on budgetary decisions that could affect them. And we will continue to do so in the future with the new times coming.
In the meantime, this newsletter is our way to inform you of what is happening and promote your achievements. We know the research you are crafting is relevant for Mexico, the UK, and humanity. And every pound-peso invested in you is a coin for future generations. The shining light of science, creativity and hard work in getting us out of the pandemic and will get us forward for the next challenges for humanity. This is a space for you: to show how you contribute to the community.
Finally, in this message, we welcome the new ambassador from Mexico to the United Kingdom. We are eager to engage in a productive relation between Ambassador Gonzalez Blanco and the largest organised Mexican diaspora in the UK. New times come for us as students and for bilateral relations: new trade agreements and new opportunities to amplify educational and scientific cooperation.
Hugs and love from the team of MexSocUK.
MEXICAN EMBASSY IN THE UK MESSAGES
MESSAGE TO THE STUDENT COMMUNITY FROM AMBASSADOR OF MEXICO TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, JOSEFA GONZÁLEZ BLANCO
It is a great pleasure to address the Mexican student community in the United Kingdom and to introduce myself as Ambassador of Mexico to this country, a position I am honoured to have assumed after being appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and ratified by the Senate of the Republic.
During my tenure, I am determined to deepen and widen the exchanges between Mexico and the United Kingdom for the benefit of our country, being Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation key priorities in this area.
In this regard, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this edition of the newsletter, an initiative promoted by the Mexican Student Society, MexSoc, which opens a new and -in the current context- much needed channel of communication with the student community, and academic institutions, both in the United Kingdom and in Mexico.
During the past 14 months we all have experienced both personal and professional challenges as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing sanitary contingency. However, this period has been one marked by resilience and the inherent human ability to adapt, changing the way we work, collaborate and engage with one another.
That is why, I take this opportunity to acknowledge your achievements as students so far and to congratulate you for the progress you have made under these unprecedented circumstances in a highly competitive environment. Please rest assured that, as new challenges continue to arise, I and the entire team at the Embassy are committed to assist and support our students and all the Mexican community in this country.
Finally, I would like to invite you to remain observant of the existing rules and regulations of the British government and university authorities during the remainder of the academic year. Also, please remain aware of announcements made by the Embassy through its official website and social media channels.
In the hope that as activities begin to return to normality and we can meet in person soon, in the meantime stay safe!
Josefa González Blanco
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom
MENSAJE A LA COMUNIDAD ESTUDIANTIL DE LA EMBAJADORA DE MÉXICO EN REINO UNIDO, JOSEFA GONZÁLEZ BLANCO
Es un gran placer presentarme y dirigirme a la comunidad estudiantil mexicana, como Embajadora de México en Reino Unido, cargo que me honra haber asumido luego de haber sido designada por el Presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador y ratificada por el Senado de la República.
Durante mi gestión, estoy decidida a profundizar y ampliar los intercambios entre México y Reino Unido en beneficio de nuestro país, siendo la Educación, la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación prioridades clave en esta área.
En ese sentido, agradezco la oportunidad de contribuir con esta edición del boletín, una iniciativa impulsada por la Sociedad de Estudiantes Mexicanos, MexSoc, que abre un nuevo y -en el contexto actual- muy necesario canal de comunicación con la comunidad estudiantil, e instituciones académicas, tanto en Reino Unido como en México.
Durante los últimos 14 meses, todos hemos experimentado desafíos tanto personales como profesionales como consecuencia de la pandemia de COVID-19 y la contingencia sanitaria. Sin embargo, este período ha estado marcado por la resiliencia y nuestra capacidad humana inherente para adaptarse, cambiando la forma en que trabajamos, colaboramos y nos relacionamos unos con otros.
Por eso, aprovecho esta oportunidad para reconocer sus logros como estudiantes y felicitarlos por el progreso que han logrado hasta el momento en estas circunstancias sin precedentes en un entorno altamente competitivo.
Tengan la seguridad de que, a medida que continúan surgiendo nuevos desafíos, tanto yo como todo el equipo de la Embajada seguiremos comprometidos a ayudar y apoyar a los estudiantes, al igual que a toda la comunidad mexicana en este país.
Por último, me gustaría invitarlos a permanecer atentos a las reglas y regulaciones vigentes del gobierno británico y las autoridades universitarias durante el resto del año académico. Además, los insto a mantenerse al tanto de los anuncios de la Embajada a través de nuestro sitio oficial de internet y redes sociales.
Con la esperanza de que a medida que las actividades comienzan a volver a la normalidad, podamos encontrarnos en persona pronto, les deseo salud y bienestar.
Josefa González Blanco
Embajadora de México en Reino Unido
RESOURCES FOR THE MEXICAN COMMUNITY
- Quick guide “Travel to the United Kingdom”. It offers information on consular assistance and protection, immigration requirements, as well as general and travel recommendations: https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/reinounido/images/stories/pdf/viajeseguroalru.pdf
- Registration System for Mexicans Abroad (SIRME). This tool is part of the efforts to make consular assistance and protection more efficient and effective for all Mexicans abroad, if required, regardless of their immigration status: https://sirme.sre.gob.mx/
- Guide for Mexican students living in London 10×10. This pocket guide is divided into 10 categories and within each category you can find the top 10 places in the city: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U4Zq12Vc1Tvh8pGCwFx2AKT3goSq2MrL/view
- Guide for the Mexican Traveler of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. It provides recommendations, travel alerts for different international destinations and contact information of Mexican Embassies and Consulates around the world: https://guiadelviajero.sre.gob.mx/
- Mental Health Window. It provides links to mental health sites of the National Health Services (NHS), an institution responsible for providing health services in the United Kingdom, as well as counsellors of Mexican origin who collaborate voluntarily with this initiative (with limited free sessions). Queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
RECURSOS PARA LA COMUNIDAD MEXICANA – “DE REGRESO A MÉXICO”
Sabemos que el próximo fin de ciclo escolar y el regreso al país puede ser un momento de múltiples retos. Por ello ponemos a disposición de la comunidad la siguiente información que puede ayudar a preveer los siguientes pasos:
Trámites previos a su regreso a México
- Si usted se registró a su arribo, actualice su perfil en el Registro para mexicanos en el Exterior (SIRME). https://sirme.sre.gob.mx/
- Si desea importar sus pertenencias a México (mudanza), debe solicitar el Certificado de Menaje de Casa en el Consulado para que las pueda introducir al país. Para Mayor información visite:https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/reinounido/index.php/es/mexicanos/menaje-de-casa
- Para información sobre compañías de mudanzas visite la paginas del British Association of Removers http://www.bar.co.uk y del British International Freight Association https://www.bifa.org/home
- Apostille (legalice) sus documentos británicos tales como: certificados de estudio, diplomas, actas de matrimonio, divorcio, nacimiento, para que éstos puedan ser reconocidos como auténticos en México. Para mayor información visite: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised
- Si su esposo(a) es extranjero(a) y piensan residir en México, solicite su visa en la Sección Consular. Para mayor información visite: https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/reinounido/index.php/es/extranjeros/visas
- Si tiene hijas(os) y no han sido registradas(os) con la nacionalidad mexicana, registre el nacimiento en la Sección Consular para que los menores gocen de las prerrogativas a las que tienen derecho. Para mayor información visite: https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/reinounido/index.php/es/mexicanos/registro-civil/registro-de-nacimiento
- Si deja de trabajar en el Reino Unido es posible que tenga derecho a una devolución de impuestos del año fiscal en curso. Para mayor información de quiénes tienen derecho y cómo solicitar una devolución de impuestos visite: https://www.gov.uk/claim-tax-refund
- Notifique su salida del país a su empleador, doctor familiar (GP), dentista, Ayuntamiento (council), escuelas de sus hijos, etc.
- Cancele sus cuentas de banco, council tax, contratos de arrendamiento, contratos de servicios de telefonía, internet, gas, electricidad, agua, etc.
- Para requisitos e información necesaria para introducir s mascota a México visite: https://www.gob.mx/senasica/documentos/si-viajas-con-tu-mascota-194177?state=published
Entrada a México
- Recuerde que siempre que se interne a México lo debe hacer ostentándose como mexicano(a), de lo contrario puede ser acreedor a una sanción administrativa de trescientos a quinientos salarios mínimos (Articulo 12 y 33 de la Ley de Nacionalidad http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/53.pdf)
- Para información relativa a aduanas al arribo al país: mercancías y dinero en efectivo que puede introducir a México sin pagar impuestos, declaraciones y procesos de revisión de aduanas etc., visite: https://www.gob.mx/shcp/articulos/lo-que-debes-saber-al-pasar-por-una-aduana-mexicana?idiom=es
- Para información sobre productos de origen animal y vegetal que puede ingresar a México visite: https://www.gob.mx/senasica/documentos/productos-agroalimentarios-que-puedes-ingresar-a-mexico?state=published
- Para información sobre los servicios en el Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México: vuelos, aerolíneas, taxis, autobuses, estacionamientos, etc., visite: https://www.aicm.com.mx/
- Para información sobre reconocimiento en México de estudios realizados en el extranjero visite: https://www.mexterior.sep.gob.mx/sisedMEX.html
- Si se encuentra en México y no apostilló sus certificados de estudios. Le recomendamos contactar al Consejo Británico en México para que le certifiquen sus documentos y posteriormente los envíe a la Foreign Office para su apostilla. Para mayor información visite: https://www.britishcouncil.org.mx/
- Para traducir documentos del idioma inglés al español consulte la lista de traductores oficiales en las páginas web de los Tribunales Superiores de Justicia en el Estado donde se encuentre.
- Inscripción de actos del registro civil realizados en el extranjero: Para que los actos de Registro Civil realizados ante autoridad extranjera tengan validez en México, deberá tramitar la “Inserción de Acta Extranjera”. Para realizar este trámite deberá apostillar o legalizar, según sea el caso, el Acta de nacimiento, matrimonio (expedida por el Registro civil en el Reino Unido), y traducirla al español por un perito traductor autorizado por el Tribunal Superior de Justicia, con el propósito de que se lleve a cabo la inscripción en territorio mexicano ante la Oficina del Registro Civil correspondiente.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL NETWORK ACCOUNTS OF THE EMBASSY OF MEXICO IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ITS CONSULAR SECTION
- Consular Section https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/reinounido/index.php/es/
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Embamexru/
¡Bienvenidos al Reino Unido! Este formulario tiene como finalidad saber más de quiénes son los estudiantes mexicanos en el Reino Unido, para poder contactarlos en su estadía mientras estudian, y cómo mejorar nuestra capacidad de representarlos como una de las diásporas mexicanas más importantes en Europa.
The team of MexSocUK has prepared a Q&A for future Mexican students coming to the UK. From VISAS to flights, from how to sort common day problems of living abroad, to a list of contacts with Mexican authorities regarding scholarships. This Q&A, developed originally by the team of the Mexican Society in King’s College London, gathers experiences from diverse generations of Mexicans that have come to the UK to study. If you know of someone that is applying or has been accepted in a UK university, this Q&A if for them!
Se convoca a las y los estudiantes mexicanos que se encuentren realizando estudios universitarios y/o de posgrado en universidades del Reino Unido que consideren haber sobresalido en los ámbitos académico, social o cultural, para participar en la sexta edición del “Reconocimiento Carlos Fuentes” al estudiante más sobresaliente del año en el Reino Unido, atendiendo lo señalado en las bases de la convocatoria. Arriba el enlace.
XVIII Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students in the UK
Convocatorias abiertas para financiamiento de posgrado en el extranjero
- Convocatoria Becas Conacyt-Cultura 2021
- Convocatoria Becas Conacyt para estudios de Doctorado en el Extranjero 2021 en temas relacionados con la salud (no exclusivamente para médicos)
- Convocatoria Becas Conacyt-FINBA 2021
- Convocatoria Becas Conacyt para Especialidades Médicas en el Extranjero 2020-2021 Cuarto Periodo
- Convocatoria Becas Conacyt-FUNED 2021 en áreas relacionadas con la salud.
- Convocatorias Becas Conacyt para Especialidades Médicas en el Extranjero 2020-2021
- Convocatoria Becas Conacyt para estudios de Doctorado en Francia 2021
- Convocatoria Becas Conacyt-DAAD 2021
News from Mexican Societies in the United Kingdom
MexScot Alumni Association
The MexScot alumni association stands as the networking association for Mexicans and any person who studied, primarily at any university in Scotland. Still, any UK alumni are welcome to join this effort. As an association, we aim to promote academic, cultural, economic, tourism, and business events between Scotland and Mexico. We also collaborate with the UK embassy in Mexico, the Scottish Business Network, the British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, and the British community to promote British culture.
Cambridge University Mexican Society
The focus of the current committee of the Cambridge University Mexican Society (Dec 2020—Dec 2021) is on topics related to social justice in Mexico from an intersectional perspective. With that in mind, we have organised the following events. Follow us on Facebook and our website to know more about our upcoming activities!
Talk ‘Working Towards a Dignified Standard of Living in Mexico’
In this event, Dr Laura Valadez Martínez will talk about the results of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) project in Mexico, which explores what goods and services members of the public consider necessary to live a dignified standard of living in large urban settings in Mexico.
Poetry Reading ‘Nuevos mundos, voces nuevas’
In this event, contemporary Mexican poets will share their recent work which explores innovative aesthetics and urgent socio-political themes, such as violence, migration, and sexual diversity.
Mentorship Programme ‘Tsunami: Women* Supporting Women*’
In the frame of International Women’s Day, and following the ethos of solidarity at the core of the CUMEXSOC’s current Committee, CUMEXSOC announced the first stage of our new mentorship program ‘Tsunami: Women* Supporting Women*’.
The goal is for Mexican women* who have had experience / are familiar with the application processes at the University of Cambridge to mentor a potential Mexican woman* applying to the 2021/22 admission period. Although the mentorship is focused on the University of Cambridge, mentors are encouraged to provide advice related to postgraduate applications in the UK in general (how to write a CV, motivation letters, interviews, visas, funding, and so on). The idea here is to tackle the gender-gap by transforming this movement from waves into an unstoppable tsunami!
Panel Discussion ‘Gender, Violence, and Resistance: A Look into Mexico’s Socio-political Landscape’
February 2021. Recording available on our website
In this interactive discussion, Dr. Islas and Dr. García reflected on notions of gender, violence, poverty, and resistance to question and examine how power operates in Mexico’s socio-political landscape.
Dr. Tania Islas Weinstein’s talk focused on how the mass protests gender-based violence that took place in August 2019 in Mexico City ignited the political education, organization, and mobilization of members of the country’s art restorers’ guild, who would go on to become one of the most visible faces of the feminist movement in Mexico. This story shows how violent protests can productively mobilize previously unpoliticized groups, how politicization can be rooted in professional expertise rather than previously-existing political allegiances, and how collective identity and collective action are often co-constitutive.
Dr Karina García’s talk covered a new critical approach to our understanding of drug-trafficking violence by examining the life stories of former narcos in Mexico. In these testimonies, poverty is understood as a fixed condition, normative characteristics of machismo are embodied, and male violence is justified as ‘necessary to ‘survive’ in contexts of poverty.
Book presentation ‘La Fosa de Agua’ (DEBATE, 2019) with author Lydiette Carrión
January 2021. Recording available on our website
In this exhaustive research, Carrión thoroughly documents the disappearances and feminicides of at least ten teenagers in the area of Ecatepec and Los Reyes Tecámac in the State of Mexico. Readers are dumbstruck with the painful odyssey families follow to find justice for their daughters and the inefficiency of the authorities to provide accountability. This was the first time the book will be presented to an English-speaking audience.
Talk ‘Mexico’s Congress amidst the New Mexican Political System’ with Tatiana Clouthier
December 2020. Recording available on our website
CUMEXSOC organised this keynote conference with M.A. Tatiana Clouthier where an insight into the Mexican Parliament, its dynamics and her vision about the future of Mexico was presented. Clouthier is a member of the Mexican Parliament and the campaign coordinator of the President Andres Manuel López Obrador during 2018’s election. She represents a milestone in the President’s victory and one of the most notable voices in the Parliament nowadays.
- Saide Mobayed, President CUMEXSOC
- Elias R. Ruiz Morales, Vice President CUMEXSOC
- Armandina Almanza, Treasurer CUMEXSOC
- David Posner, Academic Officer CUMEXSOC
- Elizabeth Figueroa-Juárez, Welfare Officer CUMEXSOC
- Jaime Esqueda, IT and Communication Officer CUMEXSOC
King's College London Mexican Society
Mexican Society Leeds
We are very happy to announce that a new Mexican society has been formally established at the University of Leeds. After a few months of uncertainty, and risk that the Mexican community will be left without official representation, a multidisciplinary team of enthusiastic young people was formed. The new society seeks to enhance and spread Mexican culture, as well as create spaces of representation for Mexican students at University of Leeds.
The Society has hosted a variety of virtual events including both social and academic activities for our members.
Among these events, we can highlight “Shut Up and Write ” sessions, game nights and the Earth Day commemoration, where we shared through our social media the contribution of Mexican students working on sustainability areas at the University of Leeds. Meet our members making a difference for our planet.
Mexican research in British universities
Sonia Anaid Cruz Dávila
King’s College London
Research progress and poster presentation
The Legislative Functions of the Executive: A Breach of the Principle of Separation of Powers?
“This is a poster I presented at the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2021, which took place online on the 19th and 20th of April 2021”.
In any constitutional democracy, the executive branch of government, led by a president or prime minister, has the authority to carry out certain legislative functions. These functions may consist of making, amending or vetoing legislation. A president or prime minister can: make legislation by issuing decrees, amend legislation by partially vetoing bills, or veto legislation by introducing absolute vetoes on legislative proposals. Although the exercise of legislative functions by the executive branch might be considered a breach of the principle of separation of powers, it is nevertheless deemed an important instrument to check and balance the exercise of power by the legislature. Against this background, the aim of my research is to ask if there is a problem with the legislative functions of the executive: do they really violate the principle of separation of powers?, is it something else that is fundamentally problematic about them?, or is there nothing wrong with them?
Jorge Adrián Ortiz Moreno
The Institute of Development Studies – University of Sussex
Mexican student awarded
Youth for Resilient Infrastructure: International Essay Competition
During the last international conference of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) held from 17 to 19 March 2021, Jorge Adrian Ortiz Moreno, PhD student of the University of Sussex, was announced as one of the winners of the Youth for Resilient Infrastructure’ International Essay Competition.
The contest was launched on February 15 2021 by Dr P.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India, and Rt Hon Alok Sharma, President of COP 26 at the Prime Minister Office of India, to showcase the unique potential of youth leadership in driving change for a resilient world.
After three rounds of evaluation by a jury comprising of global experts, top 20 entries from 19 countries were selected. In total, the International Essay Competition received 143 applications from 34 countries. Jorge Adrian Ortiz Moreno, PhD student of the University of Sussex, was announced as one of the 5 winners of the contest.
Jorge’s entry discussed the relevance of decentralised access to essential services for vulnerable urban populations, explaining how rainwater harvesting facilities are now spreading as a resilient technology. This essay is related to his doctoral research, which explores the emergence of rainwater harvesting in Mexico City from a socio-technical perspective.
The essay is available now at the CDRI webpage: https://www.cdri.world/blogs/water-oases-san-gregorio-atlapulco-story-household-resilient-infrastructure
Carlos A. Robles-Zazueta
University of Nottingham
Field based remote sensing models predict radiation use efficiency in wheat
Research progress and paper publication
Wheat yields are stagnating or declining in many regions, requiring efforts to improve the light conversion efficiency, i.e. radiation use efficiency (RUE). RUE is a key trait in plant physiology because it links light capture and primary metabolism with biomass accumulation and yield, but its measurement is time consuming and this has limited its use in fundamental research and large scale physiological breeding. In this study, high-throughput phenotyping (HTPP) approaches were used among a population of field grown wheat with variation in RUE and photosynthetic traits to build predictive models of RUE, biomass and intercepted photosynthetically active radiation (IPAR). Three approaches were used: best combination of sensors, canopy vegetation indices and partial least square regression. The use of remote sensing models predicted RUE with up to 70% accuracy compared to ground truth data. Water indices and NDVI are the better option to predict RUE, biomass and IPAR, and indices related to NPQ (PRI) and senescence (SIPI) are better predictors for these traits at the vegetative and grain filling stages respectively. These models will be instrumental to explain canopy processes, improve crop growth, yield modelling, and potentially be used to predict RUE in different crops or ecosystems.
Humberto Juárez Rocha
University of Oxford
COVID-19’s impact on Mexico City’s informal sector
Master’s dissertation research published in NACLA
More than half of Mexico’s working population toils in the informal sector, outside of the state’s purview and regulatory framework. With no social security or health insurance, informal workers have been forced to adapt as the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing public health measures have upended their business model. My research included interviews with 14 individuals who work in the formal and informal sectors and the spaces in between as they manage, with mixed results, to continue working during this global pandemic.
Luis Flores Montano
Issues of security using the internet of robotic things
The Robot connectivity via Internet of Robotic. The objective of the research was to test a cyber secure IoRT system in a real scenario and propose solutions. The proposed methodology was designed an IoRT architecture; implement at least one robotic platform linked to the cloud to assess cybersecurity and finally propose solutions. Things (IoRT) is one side of the Industry 4.0 paradigm. The technology seeks to monitor, operate and maintain the tasks of multiple robots through the computing cloud. However, using these robots in cyberspace there is a risk and an inherent problem of cybersecurity
The experiment consists of 3 cases that were proposed and operated. The platforms used a conventional computer as the master node and a raspberry card as the controller in the slave node. The middleware Robotic Operative System (ROS) and the cloud service Thingspeak were used for communication between the operation and the dedicated hardware elements. The robotic platform number 1 was a servo motor operation, the number 2 was a 6-degree-of-freedom arm, and the number 3 was a station work composed of a robot arm and a conveyor belt. In the system testing, there were obtained 3 types of vulnerabilities, the first one in relationship with the firewall in the PC, the second was the lack of a data encryption system and, finally, was a missing user authentication with the private-public key. The main contribution of this research was to identify the basic elements of a successful architecture in cybersecurity in terms of the remote tasks in the industry. The research area or the industrial sector will be able to use these practical concepts in the implementation of their own projects.
Arts & Culture / Artists
Axel Mauricio España Flores
London College of Communication (UAL)
Axel España (@FloresEspanolas) was recently published by the Royal Society of British Artists international exhibition, ‘Rising Stars’
Visual artist and illustrator, Axel España was published in this years international, Royal Over-Seas League exhibition ‘Rising Stars’ where the top applicants for the RBA Rome Scholarship are represented. His first exhibition is a culmination of the work he has published in his Instagram live portfolio @FloresEspanolas
Axel España is a 21-year-old Mexican illustrator and visual designer who is currently studying at London College of Communication (UAL). His international and multicultural background is the basis of his intentionally reflective work and as a self-proclaimed writer, he studies with his art the universality of human emotion.
His characters are a result of his philosophy that we are all more alike than not given that we are all built to feel the same and that is our commonality. His flat use of colour referenced the emotions we feel and the infinity they seem to exist in when we experience them and the hard graphics reference the physical world we live in. Combined they pose a playful and healing outlook on life where we consider the origins of our desires in order to reach a more understanding and hopeful world amongst each other with what he calls “the human dialect”, based on this common language.
“Camaradas” Visual Arts Contest MX – UK 2021
The Embassy of Mexico will shortly launch the call for the 8th edition of the visual art contest “Camaradas”, which seeks to promote the integration of cultural visions between Mexico and the United Kingdom and offer a platform for emerging artists, especially fellow Mexican nationals residing in this country. It consists of a joint artistic concept by an artist of Mexican nationality and one of British (or another) nationality residing in the United Kingdom, either a single work done together or two pieces in dialogue. The best works will be exhibited at The Koppel Project art gallery in London Piccadilly and a panel of judges linked to the cultural world will choose the winning pair of Comrades. The call will remain open during the months of May and June. More information on the website of the Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom: https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/reinounido/index.php/es/
Mexican Artists at the Liverpool Biennial 2021
Until 6 June.
In its 11th edition, with the motto “The Stomach and the Port, the Liverpool Biennial 2021 will explore notions of the body and ways of connecting with the world. More than 50 international artists will participate, including the Mexican creators Dr. Lakra and Erick Beltrán. Dr. Lakra created a series of drawings for the visual identity of Liverpool Biennial 2021, which will be displayed around the city. Erick Beltrán participates with a series of graphic drawings displayed in Liverpool’s historic Lewis’s Building and by placing sound pieces in Liverpool cabs. https://www.biennial.com/
“We Are Commoners”-Exhibition
Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Mid Wales. Until 26 June.
The Gallery, De Montfort University Leicester. From 10 July to 4 September.
CRAFTSPACE, a Birmingham-based craft development association, invited Mexican artist Claudia Rodríguez to present REDES, a monumental textile piece woven by a local community and placed along the Santiago River in Guadalajara that addresses the problem of torrent pollution. that supplies water to neighbouring cities and agricultural fields alike. The exhibition explores the power of social cooperation to achieve common goals and imagine different ways of living and living together. This exhibition will be toured by various galleries in the UK, starting with the Oriel Davies gallery in Newtown, Mid Wales, where it will be open to the public until 26 June. Subsequently, this exhibition will be shown at the Leicester Gallery, from 10 July to 4September.
More information and subsequent locations can be found here: https://craftspace.co.uk/wearecommoners/
Aliza Nisenbaum at the Tate Liverpool Gallery- Exhibition
Until 5 September.
Visit the exhibition of the Mexican artist Aliza Nisenbaum. The pieces included are portraits of frontline NHS workers in Liverpool and surrounding areas as a tribute to their contribution during the pandemic. Nisenbaum painted the portraits having remote sessions with her subjects. The artist is known for taking social portraits and she takes special interest in showing the context and environment from which different people come and highlights their multicultural diversity.
More information and a documentary on the artist’s process are available at this link: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/aliza-nisenbaum
Information and events
Latin Girls at Work
Join our group!
Latin Girls at Work is a professional network for young Latin American women living and working in the UK. This is a group for mutual growth through collaboration, created by Latin women, for Latin women in the early years of their professional development.
We want to invite all Latin American women living, studying or working in the UK to join our network. We host events, we have a blog, and we will soon be developing a mentoring scheme that will allow you to grow professionally with the help of other Latin women. In our blog, we have recently written articles on the sexualisation of Latin Women, on female-owned Latin businesses, and on Latin artists. Feel free to join us to write for us, to join our socials, or just meet other Latin women!