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Curator Statement: Looking Into Nepantla

Light installation by EMS artist Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra.                           Nepantla is a nahuatl word that means the “in-between space”. Nepantla is a central concept of Aztec metaphysics, which describes our existence as one filled with polarities and dualities, with a ceaseless flow of energy between them. It is between the spaces of light-dark, feminine-masculine, life-death that nepantla exists, and profound changes occur. The Aztecs believed the earth itself to be in a nepantla state, with ever changing landscapes and constant movement. With everything on this spectrum of creation and destruction, including people, it is likely that nepantla was used as a compass for human behavior, encouraging equilibrium among the...

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