MASA walks the blurry line between art and design. Collectible design. Experimental design. To show, to curate, to write, to build, to question, to provoke, to educate, to learn: these are the desires. Desire might even be at the center of this adventure. MASA is a nomadic project offering space for discourse about design. MASA is cornmeal, a pliable material that quells hunger and sustains culture.
With digital, physical, and conceptual presence, MASA challenges convention and presents ideas on a global stage. With an effort to open up conversation and dialogue around material culture, MASA curates exhibitions offering work with integrity, direction and value. MASA was founded in Mexico City by a collective of creatives — Héctor Esrawe, Cristobal Riestra, Agé Salajõe and Brian Thoreen — whose backgrounds in art, design and architecture are reflected in MASA’s presentation of design at its boundaries.
MASA launches in February 2019 with the group show, “Collective/Collectible,” featuring functional pieces by artists and designers living in Mexico. In collaboration with co-curators Constanza Garza and Su Wu, the exhibition asks what it means to be “from somewhere,” with additional archival works that show some of what artists themselves have long sought in Mexico, or believed the place to be.
Together, the contemporary designs and their intentional and biographical precedents ask how the structures that define a place might be separated from the structures of the state, which can impart citizenship but not a sense of belonging.
Welcome to MASA.