The name of the research museum, Xinatli, is based on the terms Xinachtli from the Nahua language and describes the moment in which a seed germinates, growing into its life-giving form. The phrase symbolizes creation and honors the potential for metamorphosis. What is a seed other than light, earth and possibility transformed through relationship? Could we start with the idea of a museum and become a school?
The first designs include a newly arranged stepped pyramid housing the main exhibition areas, along with several art pavilions and a terrestrial institute operated by scientists.
Each of the complex’s facilities is designed to explore the ‘pluriverse’ of life within biodiversity and human communities and carry this knowledge forward in art and research.
Xinatli is grounded in the decision to contribute to an urgent climate change within the mind, utilizing art and aesthetic perception, an ecologically oriented way of building, and a cultural engagement with the other to help preserve the permanence of all life on our planet.
“Until now, museums have usually been a space where power is put on display. A new kind of museum should not be a showcase for power but instead a place that advocates for greater equity: in ecology, in art and in society.”
Fernanda Raíz, founder of Xinatli
Dedicated to the exploration of all living things and beings and their entanglement with one another, Xinatli intends to provide a powerful counterweight to sectoral perspectivism and the exhaustion of nature as a resource.
The aim is to research, learn, and share. Alongside the promotion of creative processes, the museum’s focal points include thinking-feeling with the Earth, philosophical consideration of plants and fungi, and the global examination of nature as a legal subject, as proposed by constitutions in Bolivia and Ecuador. In addition, decolonized thinking aims to shift the relationship to the world, breaking with anthropocentric views and the separation of nature and culture.
As an ubicacion, a 90-hectare area of cleared forest, previously affected by illegal logging, has been selected for the site and will be reforested in the coming years. Testamentary provisions stipulate a transitional use of the land, which after one generation will be returned to Earth as an entity—represented by environmental representatives and local communities who will become its sole caretakers and stewards.
Architecture by Estudio Juiñi and Studio Viktor Sørless ∞ First renderings by bloomimages
Artistically, Xinatli tries to promote national and international artistic positions, especially works that address the threatening finitude of our planet, create ecological awareness, or fruitfully engage with the relationships humans, animals, and plants share.
Respecting the validity of artistic production from all parts of the world requires recognition of ownership: Xinatli advocates for the restitution of art and cultural goods originating from colonial contexts.
A different reality is possible. A reality in which we no longer live against earth, but as part of it. In order to arrive at this destination, a less self-centered and more earth-centered world view is needed.
Xinatli wants to use the attention around the project to create awareness for crucial discourses and cultivate a growing number of collective platforms for people, thinkers, and difference-makers who extend a vision of life in an infinitely entangled world.
∞ From a self-centered world view to earth-centered world view.
Environmental crisis is a crisis of materiality. Since the arrival of concrete as a (Western) construction material, our shared world is becoming greyer by the second. We need to use materials that are embedded, and build on, the interconnectedness of all life and its recreation.
xinatli – museo de investigación artística
Xinatli is an artist-led initiative that seeks to spark new discourses, and ultimately build plattforms that advocate for greater ecological and social equity.
Initiated by Fundacíon Raíz.