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PKN Queretaro Vol. 5 Here are a few photos from the recent PechaKucha Night in Queretaro Vol. 5, along with some commentary from team member Lilian Gonzalez.

The 5th Queretaro Pechakucha Night was a unique and memorable event dedicated to music. It was part of the Musical Instrument Makers Congress by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). The event took place at the majestic Queretaro City Museum. The night opened with the music of Guillermo Muñoz, welcoming the audience.

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PKN Queretaro Vol. 4

Queretaro held its PechaKucha Night Vol. 4 earlier this month, and here's a report on the evening by organizer Richard Ibarra, as well as a few photos courtesy of Black Velvet Studio.

The fourth PechaKucha Night's theme was “design." This time the event took place on a cold night in the historical Queretaro downtown. The beautiful "Plaza Constitución," an open and welcoming space hosted the PKN. It was a perfect place for diversity, with the stage placed in the midst of the "Somos diseño" (We Are Design) design fair, surrounded by a big crowd.

The night started with Beatriz de la Concha, an industrial designer who talked about graffiti and street art. After this, a couple of industrial designers Diana Hurtado & Bethsabe Cardiel presented an interesting student project, “Methane generation from fecal feces."

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PKN Queretaro Vol. 2

PKN Queretaro Vol. 2

It may have been a long time coming -- since the event was held back in September of last year -- but we're glad to finally get a look at Queretaro's second PechaKucha Night, courtesy of the following report by co-organizer Lilian Gonzalez. Our favorite bit: " It was amazing to witness how no one wanted to leave “La Fabrica,” demanding more presenters."

The second PechaKucha in Queretaro was hosted in September at “La Fabrica,” a contemporary art center. This was a perfect place for a PechaKucha Night, as this is a remodeled former factory that still keeps its industrial style. The forum of this artistic multidisciplinary spot was the stage where the PechaKucha took place.

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The night started with the founder of "la Fabrica," Alonso Barrera. He is a theater director and a designer, with studies on experimental and visual theater in Spain. Alonso started with an emotional presentation about his personal history on how his theater career started. It was an original presentation featuring a performance.

Then it was the turn for photographer Margara Dehaene, accompanied by the compositor Ignacio Baca with “noise music". Dehaene showed us amazing oceanic photos while she recited a story followed by Ignacio's music, transforming the photos original sense.

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After this, the industrial designer Raúl Moysen shared with us some of his works and his sources of inspiration such as “small is beautiful,” simplicity, and the use of everyday objects.

Then another photographer, Elena Baca, surprised the crowd with fantastic digital images that recreated imaginary worlds in our minds. She accompanied her work with poetry.

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Juan Carlos Loyo started with the sentence “evasion of the gaze.” He is an architect and an artist. Juan Carlos shared with the crowd his interest in breaking the lineal gaze on paintings.

The audience had a 20-minute break, where the crowd and presenters mingled within the industrial scenery with strawberries and red wine. The second part started with graphic designer Héctor Muñoz Huerta. He showed images of Queretaro and how the city is represented by some special textures. These images are used in Queretaro’s tourist information magazine Asomarte.

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Painter Gustavo Villegas was second in the lineup. He showed his recent watercolor paintings regarding crashed cars, accidents and speed representing how our current society thrives.

After this, pretending to be a charlatan, Eduardo De La Garma, talked to the crowd about fraud, scams and shame on art, politics and society at large, a fun and fluid presentation.

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Finally, somehow confronting the last presenter with a different position, Fabián Giménez Gatto started his presentation. He is a researcher on post-modernity, contemporaneous art, and post-pornography. Giménez Gatto presented a written post-pornography essay of his authorship, accompanied with pictures of different artists on this subject such as Larry Sultan.

The second PechaKucha Night reached an audience of about four hundred people sitting, standing up and even on the stage. It was a night with diverse presentations that grabbed the audience attention at all times. It was amazing to witness how no one wanted to leave “La Fabrica,” demanding more presenters.   

PKN Queretaro Vol. 2

This PechaKucha Night was organized by Lilián González, Nayely González, Eileen Suastegui, Alonso Barrera and Richard Ibarra, who together with the presenters and a highly receptive audience, made this second PechaKucha Night a highly emotional night.

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PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

PechaKucha Night launched in Queretaro at the Museo de la Ciudad just over a week ago to great success, and here's an amazingly detailed report and photos sent in by co-organizer Alberto Villarreal.

3 weeks before the night of Queretaroʼs first PechaKucha, the organizing team had a really bad car accident in the Leon-Queretaro highway, but that didnʼt stop them from putting up the show and setting up a high standard for the upcoming events. All safe after 2 weeks of rest and medical care, the organizers did an almost heroic effort setting up what was the first of a promising series of PechaKucha Nights in this central Mexico town.

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

Last friday (May 22nd) at the ʻMuseo de la Ciudadʼ in downtown Queretaro, you could breath the characteristic chilled atmosphere of the town, when people started to walk through the halls of the old colonial building that hosts the City Museum.

The event was held in an exhibition hall currently exhibiting wall paintings evocative of oriental calligraphy by chinese artist Li Fexue. This made it perfect scenario to host the lineup of creatives that shared their ideas and thoughts with the diverse audience.

This night was definitely one with strong energy and connection between the presenters and the crowd.

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

The lineup started with designer Alberto Villarreal (former co-organizer of PechaKucha San Francisco), who shared the experimental side of his work and some memories of 3 years of PechaKucha in the San Francisco Bay Area, encouraging the local community to keep up with PK and setting up an enthusiastic mood for the night.

Then Jacobo Zanella showed his high quality photographic work emphasizing on how the use of experimentation and mistakes can lead up to amazing results. Definitely wowing the crowd.

Industrial designer Jorge Moreno was the third one on the stage. Being one of the most prominent creative professionals in town, he didnʼt show a piece of his design work. Instead, he shared the fun process of an art exhibition he worked on with his mother, where the paintings were sold by square centimeter and the attendees were involved in the framing process. His natural enthusiasm and energy made the public get immersed in the subject.

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

Fourth in the lineup was another industrial designer, Victor Martinez, who also didnʼt show design work, but his was perhaps the most emotional presentation. While talking about the current state of humanity and the planet and finishing his presentation with a picture of his soon-to-be-born son through an ultrasonic image, he couldnʼt hold himself and broke in tears, shaking the audience who started a long applause even before slide 19.

Local artist Aura Moreno stood up on stage and also transmitted a strong emotional message by showing a range of close-up colorful pictures and poetically walking the crowd through a story on the old town prostitutes.

After a 20 minute break where the crowd and presenters mingled at the colonial building portico, the second part started by young artist Raldo Bermejo, whoʼs photography work mixed with his marketing background made a very tasteful and clean cut presentation. The inspiration continued.

Engineer Gerardo Marquez showed an interesting project on community development in South Africa, and just when the crowd was falling into a deep thought mood, the sixth presenter Luis Camarena made a turn into the entertainment side showing up with amazing graphic design work on the ʻlucha libreʼ local wrestling scene.

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

PKN Queretaro Vol. 1

Second to last, with a very fluent Spanish, Lauren Cycyk brought another emotionally charged presentation while talking about Mexico-USA immigration, human rights and how the situation is perceived from “the other side of the border.”

Then the lineup was closed by Colombian contemporary dancer John Martin Cordero, who talked about the work behind a dance show where the human body and homosexuality were the center of the art piece and showed a series of highly expressive pictures that communicated the movement and passion of the dance show.

To culminate this highly inspiring night an eleventh presentation was also shown up on the screen. Victor Hermosillo wasnʼt able to attend the event but his work was exhibited in his honor, and this presentation literally spoke by itself. Each slide showed really nice hand sketches with a written philosophical message that put the entire exhibition hall in complete silence for a few minutes.

Again, this was a show of really diverse presentations, with a high charge of emotion and connection between the stage and audience. Organized by Richard Ibarra, Lilian Gonzalez and the team, this first PechaKucha Night in Queretaro made clear to the local crowd that it is an event to keep an eye on, setting up a high standard for the nights to follow.