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Terry Holiday

09.03.2024 - 11.05.2024


Terry Holiday (Mexico City, 1955 - ), is one of the most important figures within the LGBTI+Q Community in Latin America, nightlife promoter and activist representative of the Trans Community, being a Founding Member of The -Archivo de la Memoria Trans de México. A multidisciplinary artist trained in the early seventies at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado La Esmeralda (Mexico). Throughout her artistic career, she has ventured into film, theater, fashion, writing, stage design and painting, among others. Moreover, in the 70s, she was part of the countercultural collective Peyote y la Compañía, with whom she participated in the 1977 Biennial of Experimental Art (Mexico City). In 1972, she worked as an extra in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s La Montaña Sagrada and then in 1978 in Lucrecia Borgia, un delirio musical, with more than 100 live performances. In 1980, she also collaborated with film director Juan Ibáñez in A fuego lento.


Her first solo exhibition ever in a gallery: Patchworks, curated by Alejandro de Villota, Director of MEMORIA, reflects the subtlety with which the artist assumes new aesthetic impulses in the (re)presentation of bodies. The exhibition presents a series of textile works made in patchwork, the artistic technique that gives the show its title. The dream world of Terry Holiday’s drawings are transferred to patchwork, which are oriented towards a trans world, sublimated by her gender struggles through hallucinations and fantasies. With her works the artist manages to conjugate pieces of her obsessions, to agglutinate longings and disparate mutations of her demands, transforming this symbolism into a world of tableaux vivants and sequins; sharing with us, with joy, the vigor of a world harassed by stereotypes and social prejudices.


Along the same lines, this exhibition is an opportunity not only to pay tribute to one of the most important trans artist in Latin America, but also to reflect on the contradictions and disputes between the feminist artistic movement legitimations and the trans world, which is still neglected and quite invisible. In this sense, is important to remark that Terry Holiday appears portrayed by Yolanda Andrade in the catalogue of Radical Women Project (UCLA- Hammer Museum 2017), like other trans for instance in the series of Paz Errázuriz, but the are no trans artists taking part of these important survey feminist project. The Trans imaginary is part of the feminist radicalism, but at the same is not «considered» part of it.

From this perspective, it is important to highlight that MEMORIA presented PhotoEspaña 2022, in Madrid, the exhibition of the photographer Yolanda Andrade (Mexico, 1950- ), Terry Holiday y el México De-Generado narrating the social impact that Holiday had as a vicarious model for social movements such as LGTBI +, Punk or Queer in Mexico City in the 70s and 80s. Along the same lines, in 2023, Terry Holiday participated in the group show Radical Imaginations at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, one of the first gender perspective exhibitions of The Museum. That same year, she participated with her vintage watercolors for the first time in a group exhibition in a commercial gallery with MEMORIA, as part of the project Dissident Fantasies (together with Paz Errázuriz, Graciela Iturbide, and Yolanda Andrade). The same project was later adapted, in February 2024, Zona MACO 2024 Art Fair in Mexico City, the first time Holiday participated in an international art fair.

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