“LABOR emerges out of the desire to reinvigorate artistic and cultural development in Mexico City, striving to produce cultural capital that reflects the multiple relationships between art and life.
LABOR assumes the form of a contemporary art gallery, yet it breaks from archetypal notions of what a commercial gallery should be. It seeks to distance itself from the sphere of consumption and artistic hedonism, with the goal of creating, in the near future, a sustainable cultural economy that strengthens the essence of contemporary artistic labor.
LABOR represents artists who create critical projects that question and/or reflect our present circumstances, and whose work has a rigorous conceptual foundation. It is committed to sharing the unique way in which its artists see the world, with exhibits that seek to broaden the spectators’ horizons of experience.
LABOR also exhibits the work of artists who are not commercially represented by the gallery, but who have nevertheless produced a body of work of seminal importance to contemporary art.
With this as a base, LABOR strives to nurture the market with strategies and tools that will encourage the formation of new collectors and active publics. It will re-circulate a percentage of the income from the gallery`s commercial practice into an active program of residencies and sponsorships for exhibits and artistic projects.
The gallery will feature an open library as well as a constant program of parallel activities (workshops, lectures, conferences and film screenings) and will produce a range of collectible printed material, to function as physical traces of the output of artistic labor.
Eventually, these practices will benefit those individuals and agents who operate within the art system: artists, institutions, critics, publications, curators, museums, collectors and galleries.”