The exhibition “Life in a catch” presented the traits that characterize the culture of Mexico’s fishermen in diverse regions of the country. Within the theme, aspects such as tools and natural resources were treated: marine species, fishing techniques and implements, the organization of labor, knowledge and practice, the formation of professions, new technologies, social relations, traditions and customs. Most of the objects displayed were donated by fishermen, while others were collected by field researchers.

The exhibition design was conceived as large portable scenery. With this premise, the places and living conditions of the fishermen, the exhibitions showed the functional relation of the objects in their own context. A great setting was created, realized with natural materials brought from fishing regions, which contain characteristic iconographic elements: the sea and sand, piers and boats, sails, palm trees, hammocks… Within this frame, setting the backdrop and distinctive character of the exhibition, various scenes of the daily life of fishermen were recreated: the hut, the home, the fishing co-op and, mounted on the exterior, representations of a shipyard and a fisherman’s village.

Location: Temporary exhibition at the National Museum of Popular Cultures, Coyoacán, Mexico City

Year:  1985

Client: General Direction of Popular Cultures, SEP

Project Scope: Project and exhibition design direction.

Exhibition area: Interior 840 m2, exterior 500 m2

Project directors: Jorge Agostoni, Iker Larrauri

Collaborators: Humberto Alcántara Nava, Marcela Capdevila Vega, Sergio Osorio, Mario Ramírez Díaz, Laura Trejo Feria