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Feb 1, 2017

Mexican Embassy, Museum of Belize Team Up for Anniversary Exhibition

The Museum of Belize is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this Friday. As a part of its celebration, it’s hosting a Mexican exhibition entitled “El Cimmaron y Su Fandango,” among other activities. The exhibition is a photographic depiction on the little known world of the Afro-Mexican as captured by photographer, Mara Sanchez Renero.  Today, Duane Moody went in for an early look at the exhibition before it opens to the public.


Alexis Salazar

Alexis Salazar, Director, Museum of Belize

“On Friday we are planning to do a number of things at the Museum of Belize and this is a sneak peek of one of the things that we will be doing we will be opening a series of photographs entitled El Cimarron y Su Fandango which is a partnership with the Mexican Embassy.”


Diego Sapien

Diego Sapien, Cultural Attache, Mexican Institute

“Mara Sanchez Renero, this exhibition talks about the Cimarrones of Fandango. It’s a total of twenty-four photographs in the series, sixteen are portrayed here at the museum and it depicts some metaphorical and anagogical approach to the Black Maroon; that fugitive slaves that are depicted in the exhibition. It is another way to see not just a documentary but a different way to approach this phenomenon.”


Alexis Salazar

“But apart from that, we will also be honoring fifteen influential people who had something to do with the development of the Museum of Belize. And then we will also have a time capsule which is going to be filled with fifteen things that the staff picked.”


Duane Moody

“The role of the museum, talk to us about that and something that people don’t know about that.”


Alexis Salazar

“Mister Moody, I think you answered the question. People don’t really know that it is here. So hopefully we can use this medium to invite people to come in. We want to have a welcoming museum; a museum that is involved in the community and again I hope that I can use this medium to invite people to come into the museum. We have ongoing displays; we have new displays coming up. Your museum is dynamic, so if you come here tomorrow and view something and you come back six months from now; it’s going to be different. So every time you will get a new experience.”


The activities will include an education campaign next week with various schools.  The museum remains open to the public during the week and on Saturday for local and international visitors.

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