Manhatitlan is an on-going, award-winning series created by Felipe Galindo. Inspired by the convergence of Mexican and American cultures, the series consists of ink and watercolor drawings on paper and and 3 short animations. The series has been exhibited, published and screened worldwide. Manhatitlan is a name Galindo coined that merges the word Manhattan (the Lenape-Algonquin name for the island) with the Aztec name of Mexico City, Tenochtitlan.
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The Manhatitlan Chronicles animation
The Manhatitlan Chronicles (1999, 7 min. color, 16 mm.)
An animated flight of fancy that
transposes elements of Mexican culture onto the cityscape of Manhattan.
A humorous view on how Mexican and American cultures playfully
intertwine. The Manhatitlan Chronicles celebrates the great ethnic diversity of New York, paying homage to the people who constitute its
ever changing population. The film consist of 5 humorous segments that
underscore ethnic tradition in this era of multiculturalism and
Awards: Best Experimental, Cinefestival
2000, San Antonio, TX; President Award, Ajijic Film Festval, Mexico.
Screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide and cultural
institutions (Guggenheim Museum, New York City and the Reina Sofia Museum, in Madrid, among
Manhatitlan Codex Felipe Galindo Copyright 2008 Digital Animation (5:32 min, color)
Felipe Galindo's new digital animation, narrates an imaginary migration of a group of Mexican people to the US, inspired by Aztec mythology and American history. This animation explores the concepts of homeland, migration and globalization. With music by Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon). The Manhatitlan Codex is also a traveling exhibition that features works on paper and animation.
Felipe Galindo, "Magic Realism in Kingsbridge", MTA/Arts For Transit Program, 231 St. Subway Station, No. 1 line, New York City.
Magic Realism in Kingsbridge
Spring, Flight, Tropical New York & Speed of Life.
231st Subway Station, No.1 line, New York City/Bronx.
4 Faceted glass windscreens installed at the station's platforms.
the past it might have been easy for Kingsbridge area residents to go
about their daily business without a thought given to their
neighborhood's history and surroundings-places like Kingsbridge Hills,
Ewen Park, Harlem River, Jerome Park Reservoir, and Spuyten Duyvil
Creek. This is no longer the case. Felipe Galindo's Magic Realism in Kingsbridge
stems from his study of the area's residents and his hopes that the
imagery in his designs will engage the audience, inspiring them to
meditate on their surroundings and see things they take for granted in
a different way.
Galindo says he sought to discover the unexpected treasures in the
neighborhood-its life, diversity, nature, and most of all the power of
imagination. Each element in the faceted glass panels presents a
surprising scene. For example, a tropical island is found in the Harlem
River, and a fire escape leads to the heavens, providing a sense of
magic. Galindo feels that his artwork, with its combination of urban,
natural, surreal and historical elements, provides an opportunity for
viewers to experience something intriguing or surprising each time they
pass through the 231 Street subway station."
(From the MTA Arts for Transit website).
"Tropical New York"
"Used/Reused" Mixed Media Works
The artworks in this section are part of an on-going project of mixed media works.
Guided by the graphic qualities of packaging materials, I explore in these works the possibilities of using disposable materials as physical support for my sketched drawings, to make humorous commentaries on every day life scenes superimposed on familiar objects we use and discard. This series has been exhibited as "Used/Reused" and "New York Stories" at El Museo's (S) Files Biennial, Philosophy Box Gallery and Mark Miller Gallery and with the support of LMCC and the Puffin Foundation.
You can read and watch a video about my art project here: