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Aldo ÁlvarezTostado (Guadalajara, Mexico) Aldo Álvareztostado's work explores the idea of the country, the formal codes that build it on a political and cultural scale; and the confrontation between a pre-existing territory and a living tradition. His practice has ranged from art, architecture, and utilitarian design.

During the residency at PAOS, the artist worked on the accidents in the interpretation of Mesoamerican names and the presence of toponymy in the artistic production of the mid-20th century, in particular in the cinema and literature. For the open study, Álvareztostado reimagined the Casa Taller de José Clemente Orozco as a territory in which we discover the beauty of toponymy in the middle of the darkness of a road that we travel with the headlights on.

Graduated from the ITESO School of Architecture, he confused Mexicana de Arquitectura in 2010 and worked in it until its dissolution in 2014. He founded the Piedrafuego utilitarian design studio in 2013, developing objects by the hand of master craftsmen in Jalisco and Nayarit. Writer invited by ICS to the Cannes Festival in 2014, 2016 and 2018. His artistic production has been exhibited at the Raúl Anguiano Museum, the Jorge Martínez Art Laboratory and the Acme Hall; while his design projects have been exhibited at the Tamayo Museum, the Old College of San Ildefonso and the Amparo Museum (Puebla). Lives and works in Guadalajara and San Pancho, Nayarit.


Topoética explored the poetic potential of Mexican toponymy. In a first stage, the artist selected a hundred names of towns and cities in the republic based on a semantic and phonetic appreciation. At this stage, three groups of poems were produced: one that investigates the classical metric, another that recovers traditional formulas of verses, and finally a group of free compositions. An additional dimension of the project identifies a series of place names of poetic interest based on a traditional cartographic exploration and another digital one.