FABIOLA ALONDRA is a curator and co-creator of the Fortnight Institute, a space for Art in New York. From here she creates exhibitions and art publications. She likes to think of herself as an archaeologist, “excavating” images, art, and books.

As Jung said “As a plant produces its flowers, so the psyche creates its symbols”:

“I think publications are a great way to democratize art and ideas beyond the walls of a museum or gallery space. From zines to books to posters and other types of ephemera. It can also lead to other ideas and I find from experience that artists like to experiment and share their ideas through various mediums. It is also a different process of creating that can include editing, writing, etc. Making books can really inform and add more meaning to someone’s practice."

"Our visually loaded culture is not going anywhere and we will not stop consuming them either. I think that's why it is crucial to have museums, galleries, bookshops, and other cultural centers, where art and its many forms, can be experienced in real life. Having a conversation with someone or standing in front of a work of art can keep the psychic portal to a poetic 4th dimension alive, as long as we have artists and other creatives to maintain that portal full of energy."

What attracts her to certain artists and their work often feels like an unexplainable magnetic pull... “I mostly follow my instinct. For me, instinct is a powerful thing and I often let it guide me. When I feel it, it’s like an energy charge running through my body and mind. This instinct leads me to look deeper and learn more.” 

She shares many of her findings on her Instagram page full of images rooted in the occult and mysticism and attributes this interest to her upbringing in Mexico. She writes to us from Tepoztlan, a pueblo magico south of Mexico City, known as the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent Aztec god. It is surrounded by ancient mountains and many believe there is a powerful healing energy in this area. 

"Mexico exudes surrealism and the occult through its very being. Andre Breton is supposed to once said that Mexico is the most surrealist country in the world, and I believe there is something very true to that statement. It is a land steeped in mysteries and histories, both incredibly beautiful and tragic. My interest in the occult and mysticism also has to do with my connection to my ancestors, the Toltecs, through my grandmother and hearing her stories. Mexico is full of symbolism and it engulfs my spirit in a way that no other place has."

When asked if she believes in magic she says:

"Magic has its many histories and contexts. It can mean many different things to a person. Magic has been around before we knew anything. Imagine being an ancient earthling and looking up at the sky. Can you imagine your wonderment and fear and curiosity at the vastness of the sky, at the moon’s illumination and constant presence? For me, the idea of magic is never losing this sense of wonderment, awe, and curiosity. Simply look at a flower, its colors, its scent, its transient nature, this is magic. Magic can be the very fact that we are breathing living beings on this planet. Magic is finding what is around us beautiful and treating it with respect. So yes, I believe in the many possibilities of magic."

On the transformative power of Art: "One of my favorite books is Sapiens: The History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, he writes about the Cognitive Revolution which occurred about 70,000 years ago. With this revolution of the mind, Sapiens thrived and survived, ideas, beliefs, and creativity reigned! The power to create images, the use of the imagination. Art is rooted in our very being. Art can have the power to transform anyone, akin to a religious experience.

Her personal rituals are simple: “I like to read and nourish my mind. I like to meditate and move my body. I especially enjoy dancing outdoors with friends during the summer. Conversations with people inspire me. Writing, taking notes, and making lists. And when possible, the ritual of travel, can foster my creativity and recharge it. A change of scenery."


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Photos: Balarama Heller