Antonio Vega Macotela
Jose Antonio Vega Macotela
Mexico City, Mexico, 1980.
Antonio Macotela’s work is multidisciplinary, site-specific and often engages particular communities such as prison inmates, soldiers, miners, etc.
It explores notions of labor, value and exchange, specifically with regards to currency as a system through which social relations are established and negotiated. He addresses alienation in economic systems and its social structures. Macotela uses art as a tool for shifting and resignifying the meaning of everyday life as well as re-contextualizing it. His work can be understood both as a concrete engagement or form of activism, where his pieces come to have a real impact on people’s lives as well as at a metaphorical level, in which the metaphor emerges as the result of an action that affects a community.