Mexico City

Noche Buena

A project realized by the Belgian artist Julien Devaux, and the Mexican curator Lorena Moreno Vera



Of the night where only the songs of the crickets are heard, the emerging rumbles of the drums remind us of the pre-Columbian past. Suddenly, the bells are excited as in response to a threat that comes from the past. It is the clash of times and beliefs. Then the fireworks light the night and the party that was in full swing becomes a battlefield. The deflagration outline for a moment the peaks of the mountains that surround the town. The tranquility returns, the crickets resume their song and mingle with the bolero that comes from the bells of the church. The workers dig the earth with the help of their shovels, and with each dig perhaps the witnessing of a burial.



Julien Devaux is a visual artist and a filmmaker. He lives and works between Mexico City and Paris. He graduated from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris after a Foundation Course in Fine Art in Weston-Super-Mare, England.

He has also collaborated in the video work of artists like Francis Alÿs, Melanie Smith, Jean-Luc Moulène, Erick Meyenberg, Carlos Amorales, Jorge Mendez Blake, Etienne Chambaud, Cyprien Gaillard, Sophie Ristelhueber among others.


Lorena Moreno Vera is an independent curator. She lives and works between Mexico City and Vienna. From 2017-18 was the deputy director at MARSO Gallery, Mexico. In 2017 she collaborated and published together with Michel Blancsubé the book La revuelta de los ángeles salidos del limbo (Accionismo vienés) as well as the 150 Action of Hermann Nitsch as part of Dark Mofo in Hobart, Tasmania.

She has curated diverse exhibitions and projects in Vienna and Mexico City and co-founded in 2009, Latitud Arte Contemporáneo, a curatorial program that sought to explore other conditions of producing, exhibiting and influencing the urban context. For four years she was curatorial assistant at Jumex Contemporary Art Foundation and also collaborated in publications such as El accionismo vienés y los austriacos (Editorial Eñe), among others.