Yosi Anaya

Community: Avenida Primero de Mayo 21, XALAPA, Veracruz, 91020 MEXICO
Organization: Casa del Mundo del Algodón-Centro de Artes Indígenas Takilhsukut, Tajín / UNIVERSIDAD VERACRUZANA
Position: Textile Art Consultant and Researcher
Techniques: Natural dyes and structural embroidery.
Yosi’s work traverses two parallel but symbiotic paths: One is as a practicing artist, working with textiles, mixed media, video, photography, and installation. The second lies in the investigation of the interchange of products in rural communities as collaborations, publications, as curated expressions of Mesoamerican demonstrations in contemporary art.
She questions accepted experiences about the historical view towards women and makes incursions with new artistic proposals with the notion of eliminating the border between folk art and the western canon. A grand part of her work also encompasses the perception of the effects of time, light, nature, and movement as reflections of a location reconfiguring themselves into the landscape.
She has worked with textiles using traditional Mexican dyes for more than 20 years and has participated in numerous exhibitions, both national and international, solo (25) and group (over 100). Among them are Trienial de Lodz (Poland), Sef-Help Graphics (Los Angeles), Museo del Traje (Madrid), Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Museo Franz Mayer (Mexico City), World Textile Art Biennials (USA, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Argentina where she was an invited artist), among others. She was the conceptual designer and general coordinator of the VI Biennial of Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Aire WTA in 3 Mexican cities which included 35 exhibitions and other events. Among her recent solo exhibitions have been La Continuidad Reinscrita in Wandesford, Quay Gallery of Cork, Ireland (2015), Senderos del Tiempo, Aire y Agua en el Agora de la Ciudad, Xalapa (2010), and Arraigos Resignificados in the City Museum of Queretaro (2011).
She has collaborated with Nauhua weavers from the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz, for the last 10 years and has helped the House of the World of Cotton of the Centro Nacional de Artes Indigenas in Tajin, Veracruz, for over 10 years. She has also taken many trips to study various cultures both Mexican and international, always looking for a rich textile history that is on par with other traditional knowledge.
She has a doctorate from London University and is a Researcher at the Instituto de Artes Plásticas from Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. She was also a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores Artísticos from the National Trust for Culture and Art in Mexico from 2012-2015. She continues her research into the huipil bearers of Mesoamerica as a part of the project Imaginary Museum©.