China #2, 2008
location: Estacionarte, Seccion Contenedores, Mexico City
'China #2' is a pair of reflective vinyl decals that attach to objects or architectural elements, in this case, the shipping containers used as temporary exhibition spaces at the Estacionarte part of MACO '08 in Mexico City. On one side of the container, vinyl Chinese characters spell out "Made in Mexico." On the other, near-identical characters spell out "Created in Mexico." The subtle shift acknowledges a cultural advance, from production-oriented ("made") to invention-based ("created"), and also questions the countries' relationship: Are the two ascendant economic giants partners or competitors (China is now a larger trading partner than Mexico to the United States)? Which country is dominant, that whose language is used, or that which is named? The project was selected by Gilbert Vicario, Assistant Curator at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and hosted by EDS Galeria of Mexico City.