NUEVA VIDA #MAYA: Book, Paintings, Photo, Jewellery and Fashion Expo and Conference Opens Today

Art, Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, Graphic Design, Guatemala, Jewellery Design, Language, Mexico, New Maya Language, Photography, Photojournalism, Sustainable Design, Tyler Orsburn

NUEVA VIDA MAYA

NEW MAYA LANGUAGE conference, book presentation, paintings, jewellery, and dress collection; and NEW MAYA LIFE wood-printed photography series in collaboration with my husband Tyler Orsburn, opens today at 18.30 at the Embassy of México in Guatemala.

La Embajada de México en Guatemala
tiene el gusto de invitarle a la inauguración
de la exposición y conferencia:

NUEVA VIDA MAYA

Libro, pintura, fotografía*, joyería y
textiles de la artista Frida Larios

Jueves 17 de enero del 2013
18.30 horas
Centro Cultural “Luis Cardoza y Aragón”
Embajada de México
*En colaboración con el fotoperiodista Tyler Orsburn
La muestra permanecerá abierta hasta el 22 de febrero
en horario de 9.00 a 17.00 horas de lunes a viernes

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2012: The Maya Era + New Maya Life Exhibitions | 2012: El Tiempo de los Mayas y Nueva Vida Maya por @FridaLarios y @TylerOrsburn

Art, Copan, Frida Larios, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, New Maya Language, Photography, Photojournalism, Sustainable Design, Tegucigalpa

Museo para la Identidad Nacional

2012: EL TIEMPO DE LOS MAYAS

El Museo para la Identidad Nacional en coordinación con el Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia, IHAH y la Secretaría de Cultura, Artes y Deportes, organiza la exposición 2012:  EL TIEMPO DE LOS MAYAS.

La exhibición reúne una colección de piezas importantes producto de investigaciones realizadas en el Parque Arqueológico de Copán y que por primera vez se muestran al público; durante el recorrido los visitantes podrán apreciar estas significativas piezas arqueológicas, conocer sobre los secretos del calendario maya vinculado al año 2012 y completar el recorrido con una sala dedicada a una visión moderna y contemporánea del arte maya a través de las pinturas de la artista Frida Larios y las fotografías sobre la cultura y vida cotidiana de los actuales mayas de Tyler Orsburn; esta exhibición integrada se titula: NUEVA VIDA MAYA.

Los principales temas que se abordan en el proyecto expositivo son los siguientes:

El “DESCUBRIMIENTO” DE LOS MAYAS

El investigador William Fash, en su introducción a la historia de las investigaciones arqueológicas en las Ruinas de Copán, hace referencia al primer informe acerca del sitio arqueológico escrito por Diego García de Palacio en 1576 para el rey español Felipe II. En su relato constata haber visto en pie seis de las estelas de la Gran Plaza que años después, en 1839, John Lloyd Stephens, alcanzó a vislumbrar en medio de la exuberante selva tropical del Occidente de Honduras.

¿QUIENES ERÁN LOS MAYAS?

Los antiguos mayas construyeron una de las civilizaciones más enigmáticas y atractivas del mundo antiguo. Cuando los conquistadores españoles “descubrieron” a los mayas hace más de 500 años, muchos no podían creer que nativos americanos pudieran haber desarrollado ciudades, arte, escritura y otros sellos que indicaran alto grado de civilización. Por consecuencia, los europeos del siglo XVI fácilmente aceptaron el mito que los mayas y otras civilizaciones indígenas fueron trasladadas a las Américas por migraciones del mundo antiguo “perdido” antes de 1492, quienes les trasladaron sus conocimientos. Sin embargo no existen evidencias arqueológicas que sustenten lo anterior.

LA ESCALINATA DE LOS JEROGLÍFICOS EN COPAN

Entre las obras arquitectónicas de Copán se encuentra un monumento único del mundo antiguo: la Escalinata de los Jeroglíficos de la Estructura 10L-26, completadas en 755 d.C.  Cada bloque está tallado con inscripciones jeroglíficas que suman 2,200 glifos en total, el más extenso texto precolombino conocido en las Américas.

Copán se hizo famosa en 1841 gracias a la publicación del libro de John Lloyd Stephens y Frederick Catherwood  Incidentes del Viaje a Centro América, Chiapas y Yucatán, pero no fue hasta en 1885 cuando la Escalinata fue encontrada por el pionero arqueólogo británico Alfred P. Maudslay, quien la nombró apropiadamente.  El arqueólogo Sylvanus Morley la llamó la Atenas del Nuevo Mundo.

Los bloques con jeroglíficos fueron limpiados, fotografiados, enumerados y luego trasladados a la plaza. Ahí, fueron puestos en soporte de piedra y fotografiados. Luego, se hicieron moldes de muchas de las piezas, una tarea laboriosa. No fue hasta en 1930 que la Escalinata fue reconstruida a la manera en que podemos apreciarla hoy mediante un convenio con la Institución Carnegie de Washington.

Este enorme texto tallado en piedra, fue uno de los motivos para que la UNESCO incluyera a Copán en la lista de sitios culturales patrimonio de la humanidad.

LOS SEÑORES DEL TIEMPO

Los mayas son el único pueblo centroamericano que ha legado al mundo conocimientos de matemáticas y astronomía. Estos saberes precolombinos han sido escritos (tallados) en piedra y en libros de papel amate llamados “códices”.

Los conocimientos matemáticos y astronómicos son la base del calendario maya que les permitió calcular con anticipación acontecimientos importantes y saber que omnipresente ser natural dominaría una fecha determinada con sus atributos positivos o negativos.

Los sacerdotes del calendario, llamados “Señores de los días” (aj k’ inob ) podían hacer sus pronósticos y preparar las ceremonias para influir en las fuerzas sobrenaturales, sobre los individuos y las comunidades.

LOS MAYAS Y EL AÑO 2012

Los textos mayas antiguos nos hablan de la destrucción y reconstrucción del mundo, un proceso que puede tener similitud con el apocalipsis cristiano.  La esencia de esto es que hay que destruir la tierra antigua para hacer una nueva tierra, más productiva.

Los orígenes y relevancia del fenómeno maya 2012, lo encontramos en los misterios de la Cuenta Larga. La historia comienza el 13 de agosto de 3,114 a.C. cuando los textos describen el fin del 13 Baktun, esta fecha se registra retrospectivamente en textos como el Código de Dresde.

El  21 de diciembre de 2012 de nuestra era, será el final del décimo tercer ciclo Baktún 5,125 años después del ciclo anterior en 3,114 a.C. Mucha gente cree que este aniversario es de gran importancia cósmica y que significará el amanecer de una nueva era o un catastrófico colapso del mundo o el fin del mismo. Sin embargo los mayas no predijeron que pasaría exactamente con la llegada del decimo tercer Baktún. La fecha 2012 es mencionada sólo una vez en un fragmento de un monumento del sitio conocido como Tortuguero en México. Es simplemente usado como una fecha “ancla”, algo común en los textos mayas que enlazan eventos presentes.

LOS MAYAS HOY

El territorio maya continúa abarcando cinco países: México, Belice, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador. En Guatemala existen alrededor de seis millones que pertenecen a este grupo étnico que tienen como idioma materno 29 lenguas mayas. En Belice constituyen alrededor de un 20% de su población.

Una serie de factores adversos se registran desde el colapso inicial en 850/900 d.C del orden político-religioso maya: la fragmentación de su cultura durante el periodo postclásico;  la destrucción causada por los españoles y las nuevas enfermedades; la conversión forzada  al catolicismo.

A la llegada de los españoles muchos grupos maya-chortí se encontraban en el Sudeste de Honduras y en Copán. Los indígenas de habla chortí pertenecen cultural y lingüísticamente a los grupos mayas meridionales ubicados en las zonas altas de México y Guatemala. Copán está ubicado en el área chortí del mundo maya quienes presentaron férrea resistencia a los españoles encabezados por su cacique Copán Galel.

Actualmente habitan principalmente en el Departamento de Copán y su municipio Copán Ruinas. La población chortí ubicada del lado hondureño en la frontera entre Guatemala y Honduras, no conserva la lengua ni su traje tradicional. Constituyen una población de entre 3,500 y 4,000 habitantes y tienen apariencia ladina (persona no indígena) que conservan rasgos culturales de los antiguos mayas y que se suman a la diversidad cultural de Honduras.

3 pensamientos en “2012: EL TIEMPO DE LOS MAYAS”

  1. Tienen ustedes conocimiento del programa que se desarrollara en Copan para el 21 de Diciembre? o podria sugerirme un correo electronico o # telefonico donde pueda informarme?
    Muchas gracias,
    Lurbin

“Frida Larios: Businesswoman, Artisan, Preservationist” #NewMayaLanguage Feature Interview by Hat Trick Magazine, UK

Art, Copan, Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, Graphic Design, Jewellery Design, Language, London, New Maya Language, Photography, Photojournalism, Sarawak, Sustainable Design, Tyler Orsburn, Washington DC

Excerpt from Hat Trick Magazine 9-page feature in their September 2012, Volume 1 Issue 2.

Frida Larios, International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) Ambassador, designer and creator of a new pictographic language.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I think it is safe to say that I am a multi-tasker extraordinaire. I went to a private German School (odd thing I know, but it was only a block away from my parents house) in San Salvador where I was raised. My peers in school always remember me painting with a full set of large-format paper, brushes and temperas displayed on my desk while paying attention and participating in a lesson about heavy German, Bertolt Brecht-type literature–all at the same time. I was attracted to both: art and sports since I was a little girl. From five until fifteen I was a gymnast representing my country at international level. I then moved on to indoor volleyball where I was part of the national team for five years and finally settled with beach volleyball. From 1996 until 2003 me and my partner were reigning Central American champions traveling in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour across Europe and South America. Beach volleyball was my passion, but design was equally as inspiring and important to me, I had learned that since my school days, so I never ceased to do either. It wasn’t easy as it meant waking up at 5am every day for practice so that I could have a full day of study, while I was finishing college, or designing, while I was managing my design studio. Then in 2003 I moved to London to study a masters degree in communication design in one of the most prestigious design schools in the world: Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design sponsored by the government of El Salvador through a sister fullbright scholarship programme. I had already lived on and off in London and the west coast of England while I was completing a bachelors degree in Graphic Design at University College Falmouth.

2. What was the inspiration behind your New Mayan Language Art Project?
Being far away from my home country while living in London, but at the same time being so close to one of the mecca’s of contemporary art and culture brought me close to my own roots. Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design was two blocks away from the British Museum in Holborn, which holds the most beautiful carved lintels in the Maya world from the Yaxchilán site. Being in touch with both: thousands of years old and at the same time the most contemporary art expressions sparked the idea of reviving the dead Maya hieroglyphic language.

Continue reading the rest of the 12-question interview in Hat Trick’s ISSUU edition page 28.

Compassion Fashion Project TV+Film star feature with my designs

Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, London, New Maya Language, San Francisco
Beauty Reconstructed-Shannon Kring Buset magazine feature wearing my fashion and accessory designs.
She loved, lost and ventured on a journey of self-discovery. An amazing profile of a famous woman who had it all and lost it – only to find unimaginable happiness and success.

You can read the full article here.

New Maya Life exhibition to be hosted by the Museo para la Identidad Nacional in coordination with University of Pennsylvania

Art, Copan, Design, Fashion design, Frida Larios, Pennsylvania, Photography, Tegucigalpa

New Maya Life - Family at HomeNew Maya Life - To learn (Open book)

Our first joint, husband and wife, New Maya Life [Nueva Vida Maya] photo, paintings and fashion exhibition, will be hosted by the Museo para la Identidad Nacional in coordination and parallel to University of Pennsylvania Museum breakthrough exhibition Maya 2012: Lords of Time from November 2012 – February 2013.

The collections of works is a celebration of the lives and customs of contemporary Maya people in anticipation to a new cycle beginning December 21, 2012.

NEW MAYA LIFE highlights the more than 2000-year-old indigenous Maya culture. The modern art, craft and daily life of Mayans is celebrated through new picto/graphic interpretations by husband and wife–Tyler Orsburn and Frida Larios. Their creations look for inspiration in the rural life of Maya-chortí people in Copán, Honduras living in the mountains of a UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site. Tyler’s intimate images of this ethnic population’s humble existence, and Frida’s unique redesigns of their ancestors’ hieroglyphic language, open a window to an otherwise underlooked community.

Here is New York

Fashion design, Frida Larios, New Maya Language, New York City

I am currently in New York City to meet a publisher and for the ENK Cotérie fashion event. Yesterday I attempted to visit the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, which are immense granite pools cascading down 30 ft the size of the previous Twin Towers, but they are closed to the public now.

I visited a photography exhibition showing at Thomson Reuters building’s historic lobby on 195 Broadway – a block from the World Trade Center site. The mix of amateur, instinctively shot photography displayed through simple inkjet prints, with professional shots by photojournalists, made the space feel intimate and at the same time compelling.

Here is New York: a Democracy of Photographs began as a unique exhibition and sale of photographs taken by amateurs and professionals alike in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Anyone who had taken pictures relating to the tragedy was invited to submit their images to the gallery, where they were digitally scanned, printed and displayed by volunteers alongside the work of top photojournalists and other professional photographers.

I am pleased to share what, for me, were the most striking images.

9/11 Here is New York

9/11 Here is New York

9/11 Here is New York

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Excerpt from Today we would be kings: Frida Larios’ New Maya Language By Frida Larios in DESIGN>MAGAZINE No. 19.

My journey to revive the visual language of the ancient Maya started in 2004 when I was studying towards a masters in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, located only two blocks away from the British Museum which holds some of the most important lintels in the Maya world. I was the first Salvadoran woman to study at Saint Martins. How could I not look for my own roots within an institution, and city, with marked avant-garde tendencies? It was my opportunity to show my peers and now the world how the Maya are one of the founding six pillars of the civilised world, inventors of the notion of zero and of one of the most accurate calendars in history. There is also a lack of recognition of their intelligent and advanced hieroglyphic language’s art form, within Mesoamerica (modern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador) itself, and beyond its boundaries. Now, as an ambassador for INDIGO (Icograda’s International Indigenous Design Network), it is my privilege to promote part of this ancient culture through my design work.

My New Maya Language is a unique system, in content and style, which rescues the ‘dead’ written language created by the Maya across Mesoamerica as far back as 300 BC. My vision for the New Maya Language is to recreate, re-compose and develop contemporary applications in different media: art, product and fashion design, brand identities, information design, wayfinding and education systems for archaeological sites and public spaces, as well as children’s toys. Through these diverse applications I aspire to promote iconographic meanings, education and play, whether it is by instigating conceptual thinking through a 0–12 year-old child’s game, T-shirts or simply by creating appreciation through my artworks, which to-date have been acquired by collectors around the world. Antonio Avia, Indigenous Education Director for the Organisation of Iberoamerican States had this to say about my artworks: “… your work presents another form of seeing, understanding, recreating, and above all, employing again in daily life, millenary means of expression. I am fascinated by this new vision of the glyphs.”

Continue reading this article in DESIGN>MAGAZINE No. 19.

The book I wrote, illustrated and designed the 120-page New Maya Language book so that people could learn about the original language of the Maya in a simple and practical way and to decode my new interpretation to others. The main chapter provides the formula for each of my pictograms, original hieroglyphs on the left page and the new hieroglyphs or result on the right. Finally I showcase various design applications.

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Fashion design, Frida Larios, London

Via A Blog About Denim, Styling and Handcrafting by Ariela Suster.

As I mentioned in my last post I am in El Salvador, continuing the journey to launch my collection “Sequence” this September. I have been working with an artist from El Salvador, Frida Larios, who I have recently met and have gotten to know her work and incredible research and redesign of the ancient Mayan Language called “The New Maya Language.” We took a trip 2 hours outside of the city to source fabrics and discover more treasures that our small country has to offer. Here are some pictures from our journey.

Our trip ended with a delicious lunch of some of the tipical food of the town we visited, “tortillas con enrredo and ceviche.”

You can watch a San Sebastian weaver weaving on my youtube channel.

Workshop

Telar

Ceviche and Enredos

 

Fashion design, Frida Larios, San Francisco

“Today we would be kings: Frida Larios’ New Maya Language”

Fashion design, Frida Larios, London, San Francisco, South Africa

This is an extract and published spreads’ gallery of lead article in DESIGN MAGAZINE No. 19.

I tried to preserve the ancestral artists’ spirit at the time of creation, highlighting, and not merely reproducing their strokes. Aptly, renowned Harvard Peabody Museum’s epigrapher Alexandre Tokovinine describes my work with these words:

“Even though there has been a growing body of scholarly works devoted to the subject of Maya calligraphy, few artists systematically sought their inspiration in Maya letters beyond mere reproduction of certain glyphs and glyphic patterns, usually in the context of contemporary indigenous art.  Frida’s project stands apart as an attempt to explore and reinvent Maya calligraphy as a symbolic and aesthetic system from an artist’s viewpoint.  The New Maya Language creates its own world that blends Maya imagery and symbolism with Frida’s unique vision in a series of artworks which would make an ancient calligrapher proud.”

To read full article click here.