Artistic Interventions: Exception Status in Mexico


  • Pablo Estévez Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México



The movement of Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico began in 1994, succeeding in generating a change in Mexican society by valuing indigenous liberation practices. However, a state of emergency is instituted in Zapatista territories according to laws that grant amnesty and regulate the legal vacuum. Certain Mexican artists such as Erick Beltrán, Gabriel Kuri, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Pablo Kubli, contribute critical reflections with works sustained in the context of pure violence of the State. The theoretical framework is constrained by the theories of Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben and Achille Mbembe, who contribute to the understanding of the state of exception that the State implements by modifying sovereignty and Human Rights. The method used in the article corresponds to the reception of literary texts. The artistic pieces that are integrated by Pablo Kubli represent the interdisciplinary contribution of the social sciences and the practice of art, with images, schemes and interventions that are argumentative reflections of the environment of globalized violence, and of social resistance to the paradigm of modification of autonomy in intervened regions. In addition, a comparative approach with states of emergency of globalized countries is proposed according to the events of September 11, 2001 in New York and March 11, 2004 in Madrid, among others. Starting from the Mexican experience and from global countries, the term of sovereignty is modified by the violence of the State over territories cut off by the permanence of the state of exception and restrictions on constitutional guarantees.


Download data is not yet available.


Abellán, J (2014). Conceptos políticos fundamentales Estado y soberanía, Madrid: Alianza editorial.

Google Scholar Crossref

Agamben, G. (2007). Estado de excepción, Buenos Aires: Adriana Hidalgo.

Google Scholar Crossref

Barandica, L, et al., (2016). Asia-Pacífico Red de Estudios Superiores, México: Palabra de Clío, RESAP, revista, año 2, vol. 4, pp. 11-14.

Google Scholar Crossref

Benjamin, W. (2008). Ensayos escogidos, México: Ediciones Coyoacán.

Google Scholar Crossref

Estévez, P. (2012). El Ensamblaje Escultórico: análisis y tipologías objetuales en el arte contemporáneo mexicano, México: UNAM.

Google Scholar Crossref

Galli, C. (2011). La Mirada de Jano, Ensayos sobre Carl Schmitt, Argentina: Fondo de Cultura Mexicana.

Google Scholar Crossref

Méndez, C. (2015). “De la originalidad y sus desplazamientos artísticos. El artefacto de la copia y sus desplazamientos artísticos. El artefacto de la copia y lo abominable de lo original”. Barcelona, Research, Art, Creation, 3 (3), 256-276. doi: 10.17583/brac.2015.1567.

Google Scholar Crossref

Mbembe, A. (2003). “Necropolitics”. Estados Unidos de América: Public Culture 15, No. 1, USA: Duke University Press, 1, pp. 11-40.

Google Scholar Crossref

Morgan, R. (2003). Del Arte a la Idea. Ensayos sobre arte conceptual, Madrid: Ediciones Akal.

Google Scholar Crossref

Rodríguez, R (2018). El Papel de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación en el Estado de Excepción, México: Editorial Porrúa.

Google Scholar Crossref

Schmitt, C. (2009). El Concepto de lo político, México: Ciencias Sociales, Alianza Editorial.

Google Scholar Crossref

Villa, J, Blazquez, N, et al. (2013). “Vinculación de los enfoques interdisciplinarios: clave de un conocimiento integral en Inter disciplina”. México: Revista del Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencia y Humanidades, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1 (1), pp. 7-13.

Google Scholar Crossref





How to Cite

Estévez, P. (2019). Artistic Interventions: Exception Status in Mexico. Barcelona Research Art Creation, 7(1), 48–68.