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Moisés Cosío

Mexico City, Mexico

»To understand art was a way for me to understand the world«

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Mexico does not always pop into one’s mind when speaking of the art market. Yet, it is gathering much attention from its thriving art scene due to the arrival of exciting art fairs such as Zona Maco or Material Art Fair, attracting a strong base of collectors from Southern America and the whole of Latin America. Moisés Cosio, a Mexican film producer based in Mexico City, sees a growing and bright future for the country and is taking a leap forward in helping show off what Mexico’s art scene has to offer. With an interest in arts education and in the development of the local contemporary art scene, Cosio has been running projects to support these local artists and promote art appreciation in the surrounding community.

Our friends from Larry’s List talked to Moisés about where he sees Mexico’s art scene going and the reason for his active and generous role in the country’s art scene.

Moisés, how was it to enter the art collecting scene as a young collector?
I felt very alienated by galleries being very young and not very elegant. But since I was so interested in contemporary practices, I overlooked the fact that I was being ignored and used that alienation to create Alumnos47, my foundation, which is an inclusive space for everyone to enjoy contemporary art and its processes.

What made you want to start collecting in the first place? 
It was a class I took with Patricia Martin, the Casa Wabi director. It really blew my mind. To understand art was a way for me to understand the world and to destroy the mental structures I had. So I just had to take a more active part in it.

What is your main motivation behind collecting? 
Supporting artists and thus to let them keep thinking and producing.

Being in the film production industry do you enjoy or collect any video art?
I don’t really collect video art but I do really enjoy it though. I’m rather more interested in producing commercial films directed by artists.

What was the first piece that impressed you? 
“Faith Moves Mountains” by Francis Alÿs. From that point on, I realised the social importance in art and how art had more to do with social practices rather than just being aesthetically pleasing.

02 Moises Cosio, art collector and philantropist, Mexico City, Larry's List x Collectors Agenda

Do you have any rules that guide your collecting process? 
Not to be blindsided by the popular or by the safe investment, and to bet on thought instead of the market.

What’s your advice to burgeoning art collectors? 
Collect art if you think it’s important. Don’t do it for the wrong motives.

Is there a particular theme or central idea in your collection?
It has to have a social context or a deep thought process. The medium doesn’t matter to me. I enjoy any piece that asks a question. Artworks that question about art, life, economy, morality, death or anything that proposes something outside of the status quo, unite the entire collection.

Are certain artists in your collection more in focus than others? 
It is becoming more and more about emerging artists but I always try to acquire established pieces too, in order to give context to the new generation art collection.

Where do you display your art collection? 
In my home and in my office. I lend it whenever somebody needs a piece for an exhibition.

What are your long-term aspirations for the collection? 
To connect the dots that artists have been proposing. I could see it develop into a huge source of information. Perhaps a public space where people can read, talk and ask questions. Art can be the catalyst of conversation. It can also be the excuse to bring people together.

What are the main themes in Mexican art? That is, if such a thing exists at all … It’s very diverse. However, I guess we usually are very critical of ourselves as individuals and as a country.

How has Mexico City’s art scene evolved since you first started collecting?
It has become much more public and accepted. The market has grown a lot. There is a lot more demand in many cases, so prices have gone up.

Is there a strong art collector network based there? 
Yes. It is growing every day. Mexico City was a host to a range of cultural events at the beginning of this year with Zona Maco and Material art fair. 

How do you see Mexico’s art scene progress further?
I see it developing a lot. I see it is becoming more popular everyday and a lot of people are giving it more attention. Nonetheless, it is really important now that artists do not confuse the neon lights with stars, and focus on the content rather than on the form.

06 Moises Cosio, art collector and philantropist, Mexico City, Larry's List x Collectors Agenda

Interview: Claire Bouchara
Photos: Courtesy of Moisés Cosío

Links
Alumnos47
Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo
Material Art Fair


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