During this year’s event, Ondalinda will share the art & culture of Oaxaca, a region that extraordinarily unique and rich in terms of its indigenous culture, cuisine, and arts. In partnership with the Instituto Oaxaqueño de las Artesanias, and in an exclusive collaboration with some of the most talented artists of México, Ondalinda will bring together an exceptional display of artisans’ crafts work at this year's event.
Our gallery exhibition this year, “Tonas – Nahuales, Fusión de Mundos,” will exhibit exclusive master pieces brought together from some of the most renowned Oaxacan artists, including Sergio Hernandez, Amador Montes, Alejandro Filio, and up-and-coming artists, Sabino Guisu, and el colectivo “LaPiztola.” At this third edition, we will also feature a collection of fine crafts from Oaxaca, revisiting the roads of the amazing native cultures. From the “Barro Negro” of San Bartolo Coyotepec, to the towns of the original “Alebrijes” of Tilcajete and Arrazola, to the exceptional “Telares and Bordados” works of Jalieza and Mitla.
In Mexican culture, the nahual or alebrijes are fantastical creatures that are often portrayed as animals with human characteristics. Alebrijes are created with different types of papier-mâché or wood which are carved and painted with cheerful and vibrant colors - often featuring jaguars, tigers, sirens, cats and nahuales. Although today, alebrijes can be elaborated with many different techniques, they are mainly created through wood carving, a knowledge and craftsmanship that has been passed down from generation to generation. By some, these creatures are considered a protector that defines your personality depending on the year and day you were born.
The Mexican state of Oaxaca is located along the Pacific Ocean in the southeastern region of the country. Considered one of the most culturally rich and diverse states in Mexico, Oaxaca is characterized by extreme geographic fragmentation, with large mountain ranges running throughout the state. Because of this, individual towns and indigenous groups have lived in isolation for many years, allowing for 16 separate cultures to maintain their individual languages, customs and ancestral traditions. For this reason, Oaxaca is the most ethically complex of Mexico’s 31 states with the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples making up the largest indigenous populations.