Presented by Frida Larios
Originally aired on Wednesday, May 15, 2019
In this webinar, Frida will impart the basic principles behind the ancestral script and how the Lego-like Maya Alphabet of Modern Times system works.
Maya Alphabet of Modern Times intends to re-codify a small part of the Maya mythic narrative by giving the artistic tradition new graphic form. In the Maya Alphabet of Modern Times new typo-graphic works, Frida Larios, a native of El Salvador, borrows directly from the logo-graphic language of the ancestral Maya scribes, but speaks to and for the Indigenous Maya of today.
Since being inspired by her master thesis work at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London since 2005, and living with the Maya-chortí community in the mountains of Copán Ruinas, Honduras, Frida Larios is co-regenerating more than 100 new designs integrating them into diverse media, such as: books, works on paper, installations, sculptures, garments, jewels and toys. These new artifacts carry through a decolonized heritage to a contemporary audience of every age, thus intending that the Meso-American script is preserved to see a new generation.
Larios will facilitate for 3/4 of the webinar, setting aside ample time to answer questions. No prior knowledge of Maya culture is required. Both Spanish and English speakers are welcome. The class and handouts will be English-Spanish bilingual and focus on the symbolism behind the Maya script.
Frida Larios is Indigenous Chair for the International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) at the ico-D (International Council of Design). She is the co-creator of #AnimalesInteriores an indigenous design project which partners with the Smithsonian Latino Center for Day of the Dead celebrations in the USA. Larios is currently an Adjunct Professor in Art and Design at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where she lives. She holds an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London. For nearly 15 years she has dialogued decolonized narratives in diverse regions of the world – for children, youth and designers, through exhibitions, workshops, installations, books, artworks, and textiles; including the commission of the Toronto 2015 and the up-coming Lima 2019 Pan-American Games inaugural uniform co-designs for the El Salvador Olympic delegation.
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