Author(s): Xavier Meade
Purakau/ Myths and Legends / Mitos y Leyendas is a publication accompanying the international poster project Purakau Curated by expatriate Mexican artist Xavier Meade together with Cuban curator Flor de Lis López Hernández, the project exchanges the shape of poet-colonial resistance in the form of indigenous myths and legends. Taking its cue from Cuban revolutionary design, the collected posters use bold graphic imagery to convey Purakau, or ‘lessons for life’. This touring exhibition brought together twelve leading artists from Cuba, Mexico and Aotearoa New Zealand to exchange indigenous myths and legends through poster design: Denis O'Connor, Natalie Robertson, Michael Reed, Claudio Sotolongo Menéndez, Giselle Monzón Calero, Michele Miyares Hollands, Eric Silva, Mario & Yesca, Arturo Meade and Carlos Pez. The publication is presented in three languages – English, Maori and Spanish – and features writing by Jon Bywater, Danny Butt, Yani Monzón Calero, Ernesto Pérez Castillo, Claudio Sotolongo, Carlos Meade, Luis Delaç, Los Appo Stoles Irreverentes, the curators and many of the artists.