The Proceso Pentágono group was a collective of Mexican artists active in Mexico City between 1976 and 1985, followed by sporadic interventions up until 1997. It was a pioneer of “Los Grupos” (The Groups) movement, a phenomenon at the end of the 1970s that saw the emergence of a large number of art collectives with an emphasis on experimentation and social critique.
It initially comprised Felipe Ehrenberg, Carlos Fink, José Antonio Hernández Amezcua and Víctor Muñoz, following their invitation to participate in the 10th Paris Biennial in 1977. Subsequently Carlos Aguirre, Miguel Ehrenberg, Lourdes Grobet and Rowena Morales joined the group.
Their work was defined by research and experimentation and combined non-object art and action art. It presented a critique of the cultural and artist system in the country, developing a strategy of resistance with works that address issues relating to the socio-political sphere, placing emphasis on repression in Latin America and Mexico. The aesthetic discourse and subversive character of the group was manifested through visual experimentation, the use of different materials from the traditional pictorial medium, and an investigation of new forms of presentation and circulation of art. With the creation of ambiences, installations, and visual work, Proceso Pentágono resignified the artwork as a process of collective effort with a political purpose. (Source)
- Grupo Proceso Pentágono. Políticas de la intervención / Politics of the Intervention 1969-1976-2015, Mexico City: Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), UNAM, 2015, 200 pp. (Spanish)/(English)
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