Restoration of a Mural | Tercerunquinto

From July 20th to November 9th, 2019


Restauración de una pintura mural (Restoration of a Mural) is a work consisting of a series of exercises in documentary filmmaking, an extension of the project of the same name begun by Tercerunquinto in 2010. The film tells the story of a team of art restoration and conservation professionals who restore a campaign slogan painted on a wall in favor of the candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) for the 2000 presidential election, the first election of its kind lost by the party in seventy-one years. The mural painting was located on the exterior wall of a private home in San Andrés Cacaloapan, a village in the municipality of Tepanco de López in the state of Puebla, Mexico. The film records real events, in rigorously conventional documentary form, but it also explores other situations purposely provoked by the members of Tercerunquinto. Around the guiding axis of the story of the work of some restorers of a political campaign mural in a small community in Puebla, the artists have undertaken a series of exercises in different cinematographic languages, both examining and complicating the classical notions of fiction and reality. The film was recorded on video, with a handheld camera, by a team limited to the two members of Tercerunquinto.


The film is complemented by three additional elements:

A set of visual materials (storyboard, visual essays, and a selection of archival material) generated by the process of working on the film.

A panel discussion with the members of Tercerunquinto, joined by ethnologist Sergio Raúl Arroyo and curator Mónica Ashida, held in the Museo de Arte de Zapopan on Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

A brochure containing an essay by Sergio Raúl Arroyo.


Projection of the film:
Wednesdays | 16:00 h
Restauración de una pintura mural (Restoration of a Mural)
Directors: Tercerunquinto
Country: Mexico
53 mins | 2009-2017