Tlacopac International Artist Residency was established in Mexico City in 2019 by former modern dancer and arts manager Jan Hanvik of New York and Mexico City to provide a fertile ground for educational, artistic, and cultural exchange among artists of all art forms and from all countries and cultures, with an emphasis on interaction with their Mexican counterparts. Mexican artists are also welcomed to present projects to develop here.
Tlacopac occupies the large colonial-style house commissioned by Annette Nancarrow (1907 – 1991) http://www.annettenancarrow.com/Home.html, U.S.-born jewelry designer, painter, and assistant to renowned Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco. Nancarrow commissioned the house from legendary Mexican architect Manuel Parra (1911 – 1997) https://mxcity.mx/2017/04/manuel-parra-el-otro-arquitecto-del-siglo-xx/, in 1948. Parra was famous for rescuing elements of colonial Mexican architecture from being destroyed to make way for modernism. Annette Nancarrow lived in the house for many years with her third husband, Arkansas-born composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conlon_Nancarrow, principally known for creating studies for player piano.
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Orozco, Parra, prolific architect Juan O’Gorman, painter Maxwell Gordon, Helena Rubinstein, Peggy Guggenheim, and innumerable other figures who made Mexico City a hotbed of international art, politics, intercultural relations, and political art from the 1920s into the 1960s passed through this house and/or the lives of its inhabitants.
Today, expanding on that artistic, political, and evolving gender awareness, Tlacopac with its ancient-beamed high-ceilinged living room with a fireplace, 5 high-ceilinged bedrooms, large wood-floored column-free gymnasium//studio, individual artist studios, patios, gardens, sauna, steam room, rooftops, and other living spaces, welcomes performing, visual, literary, architectural, textile, design, and all other artists – women, seniors, LGBTQIA, indigenous, with disabilities, AsianMexicans, AfroMexicans – to share “convivencia” or a deep living together of artists with shared, yet unique, cultural similarities and differences.
In the Nahautl language, Tlacopac means “a moist fertile place,” and also the name of this neighborhood of Mexico City, most likely referring to the San Angel River, which once flowed through the area, and reflecting the presumption that Tlacopac will be a place of great artistic fertility.