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This “exclusive” interview with Mexican illustrator and painter Miguel Covarrubias took place on the occasion of a trip to Mexico City. During this conversation Covarrubias talked at length about a series of “impossible interviews” which had been published a year earlier in Vanity Fair. Covarrubias also talked in detail about his trips to the isle of Bali (in Indonesia) and his “search for idols” with Roberto Montenegro throughout Western Mexico. The article is illustrated with a caricature of Stalin and Rockefeller, in addition to a drawing of a black dancer.
This conversation reveals the beginnings of an artistic and anthropological interest on the part of Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957). His search reveals to him a lost paradise, far from civilization. This somewhat nostalgic notion seemed to be prevalent in his subsequent research, since he was particularly interested in the mythic past and the beliefs of different peoples, as well as in his own survival, which included a resistance to both modernity and progress. In Covarrubias’ conception, autochthonous peoples, whether from Bali or Mexico, condensed this oscillating between a “subverted Eden” and modernity, in short, the vision of “Otherness.”