A Savage Topology brings together works from the Colección Jumex by international artists that weave together physical, psychological, and historical landscapes in both form and content. These explorations allow for a simultaneity of readings that touch on the structures underlying our perceptions of the past and present.
One way of reading this set of works is through the concept of topology, which, although taken from mathematics, has been used by structuralism to analyze language and culture. Topology, in this sense, can be understood as the way in which the parts of a system or organism are ordered and the relationships between those parts. Meanwhile, topography—in this exhibition—takes on metaphorical associations, drawing connections between distant times, places, and events that are inherent to the individual works, as well as their shared themes.
Artists: Francis Alÿs, Matthew Barney, Rodney Graham, Irene Kopelman, Lee Mingwei, Aleksandra Mir, Dieter Roth