In 2019 there was a Public Ceremony held at
'Tecali Cultural Centre' to recognise five local Artists for their contribution to Culture in Tecali, Mexico.
The Visual Artist Chantal Meza was one of them.
ABOUT HER HOMETOWN
" My family has generations in this lovely village. My great grandparents which I had the fortune to still know, lived through the Mexican Revolution and grew through the complex changes it brought to our society. Both sides Family inhabited until now some of the most important buildings in the Town, some say to be the first buildings constructed by the 'Spanish Conquistadors' . They in-fact appear in some of the Old Maps of the construction of the Town.
We have in fact, many treasure gems hidden in this peculiar Village; a Franciscan Ex-Convent, one of the first 'Corral de Comedias' in the Country, built in 1540. As well as a 100 year Ex-Hospital (1905). But possibly, must intriguing some Indigenous ruins hidden still by the layers of soil and cactuses, waiting to be rediscovered.
To me, the beautiful mysteries of this place are what makes me fall in love with it every time I walk its streets and see its wonders.
My biggest inspiration, is of course, its 'Artisan Stone Culture & Heritage'. My father, a proud Artisan has give me one of the must one of the greatest treasures for my art; The inheritance of an ancient and incomparable knowledge, that of 'Being an Artisan' from within. Not to shape life, but the encounter its giving forms and flow with the timeless stone and its infinite changing colours."
COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Gregorio de Gante Theatre
Chantal's Family workshop: Mezher
Chantal working in her hometown
Back in 2014, Chantal walks through various parts of her Hometown and Talks about new Projects & Inspiration