Hazhe Is (Zapoteco)


Hazel Eufragio Hernández (Hazhe is), visual artist born on March 5, 1992 in Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca. In recent years, his work has focused on graphics, especially deploying his creativity in relief engraving and the creation of murals under the stencil technique. Descendant of indigenous Zapotec parents, he grew up in the town of San Andrés Solaga, located in the Sierra de Oaxaca, a place that gives him cultural and identity bases which he transmits and which are reflected in his work. Themes, such as community support, death and its rituals, as well as the party and its excitement, in addition to the closeness of humans with nature, are found in his work under his particular style; capturing each scene of communal life under a game of shadows that emerge from the linoleum and wood, thus capturing the way in which the dialectic of life itself is lived in little explored geographies of Mexico. In 2016, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. In 2014, he began to explore new techniques such as metal engraving, attending courses with artist Rafael Silva Mora. Since 2013, he has participated in 18 group exhibitions among which stand out ‘Native corn vs transgenic corn’, ‘ahual territory’, Aviaria memoria’, and in 2017 he held his first solo exhibition entitled ‘Ceremonia del adiós’, at La Madriguera Gráfica gallery, an exhibition that shows his own evolution and journey as a graphic artist, capturing the sensitivity of each funeral aspect in the communal life of Solaga, showing elements such as reciprocal support and the presence of music at the end of human life, symbolisms that upset locals and all of us who have had some approach with uncomfortable feelings for our own being, such as melancholy and grief
Si llegamos a cometer un error… (If we make a mistake…)
Music has been an essential part of every historical moment of the evolution of human life. For the present time, music is only an ornament, an accompaniment and a source of money, but in spite of that, people find in it moments of intimacy and connection with their thoughts and emotions, and fortunately there are corners where music finds no place in the collective and subjective opposition and even resolves it. In the Sierra Norte, it happens in a genuine way because wind music shares important moments for the life of each town and each person, sacred and profane moments but always starting from the divine foundation, so much so that to be a musician one is born with a gift.