Mauricio Limón de León: El primero que ria. Der Erste der lacht.

Mauricio LImon flyer for his exhibition el primero que ria, 2 faces holding each other as they were masks

Mauricio Limón de León’s “El primero que ría, der Erste der Lacht” is an exhibition that brings together 12 years of work originating in the human interactions that the Mexican artist has built in an intense and enduring way with his antagonists “El Flama”, his family and friends, emphasizing the topology of Iztapalapa, a complex neighborhood in Mexico City. 

“El Flama” himself and his circle belong to a social group characterized by marginality, insecurity and informal work. “El Flama’s” body is a scarred witness of the hard life in the streets of a metropolis.

However, through humor, the ability to laugh at oneself, and with relationships established at on equal terms and all kinds of shared risks, “the first to laugh, der Erste der Lacht” majestically succeeds at integrating “El Flama” and his family into the aesthetic agency of a work of art freed from ideologies or politization. Therefore, the body of work does not operate through pedagogies or moralism, instead, it emphasizes color, materiality and facture as formal vehicle to accentuate aspects of the human condition.

Through videos, photography, painting and magazine printing, Mauricio Limón de León works explore friendship, family structure, the role of the body and sexuality, in constant communication within the urban and rural landscape of Iztapalapa.  

“The first to laugh, der Erste der Lacht” is the third station of the exhibition after Paris and Madrid.  Marco Calderón developed its original curatorship.


Mauricio Limon exhibition view in wildpalms
Exhibition view el primero que ria, mexican contemporary painting
El primero que ria exhibitions view mexican video art
Politica deportiva. video art about politics and football by mexican artist
Politica Deportiva. Video HD 5:03 min. 2014
Exhibition view el primero que ria, photographies, video and paintings
El primero que ria, video by Mauricio Limon Videonale Bonn
Le premier qui rira, (the first one to laugh) Video HD, 9:02 min. 2013
Contemporary social mexican photography. Shuster inhabitant from Iztapalapa in Mexico City. Boy on profil, beautiful light
Shuster. Digital Print on Aludibond. 140 x 93 cm 2020
Contemporary mexican video art. Promesa prohibida, inhabitants of Iztapalapa Mexico, daughter and father together in a field
Promesa Prohibida. Video HD, 19:50 2013
Contemporary mexican video art. Social engagement, holding a bottle of mexcal
Hey you, Listen To Me. Video HD, 7:58. 2011