Laboratorio Oaxaca is a not-for-profit contemporary art organization located in the heart of the city of Oaxaca, in the state of the same name, in Southern Mexico. We are dedicated to drive local socio-cultural development through dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries.
Artists/curators/writers in residence are encouraged to work with contemporary artists and artisans from the local scene. Both the city and state of Oaxaca have very active art and cultural sectors in which the indigenous past and present, as well as the viceregal history, are both mixed and tangible.
The Oaxacan people are descendants of a plethora of ancient cultures whose history and tradition is now retold, relived and, in some ways, foretold, by contemporary production in painting, wood carving, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, graphic arts, photography, music, culinary arts and mezcal production.
Oaxacan artists have most famously expanded their interest and production towards contemporary arts. The founding of interdisciplinary institutions, beginning with the creation of the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO) 'Graphic Arts Institute of Oaxaca' in 1988, by Francisco Toledo, led to many large-scale, highly-impacting projects that helped create a lasting mould for private-public partnerships in the Mexican cultural sector.
More recent examples include the Center for the Arts San Agustín Etla (CaSA), La Curtiduría Cultural Center, the Museum of Oaxacan Painters (MUPO), and the Museum of Contemporary Oaxacan Art (MACO). Numerous independent organizations, such as Laboratorio Oaxaca, whose objective is to produce and promote national and international art projects, also thrive throughout the city and state.