Portrait of a woman passing by
Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
Photo: Ito Tetsuo
This installation consists of seven individual works lined up in a straight row. Rather than being made of some special kind of material, each of the objects consists of a material that we usually encounter in everyday life. However, here these objects are presented slightly differently from how they normally appear.
Long plait hair, for example, is suspended from the ceiling and into a bucket in which it is automatically washed, and pumice stone is carved into the shape of lips. The objects that look like pieces of metal melting together are copper coins from the USA and Mexico. Representing the different value systems in both countries while hinting at the delicate relationship between them, the coins are displayed in a state of actual physical amalgamation. Rather than focusing on the visual beauty of such items as objects of art, the artist presents them to the audience as vehicles for implications and questions.
A single color contact lens is placed in a little water basin that is carved into a marble column. Maybe there will be someone at the venue who wears contact lenses of the same color, and maybe there will even be female visitors with dresses patterned just like the flower vase in the center of the venue? This is how the artist incorporates at once little performance-like elements into her work.
Tania PÉREZ CÓRDOVA
- Born 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico
- Based in Mexico City, Mexico
Pérez Córdova is known for work that transforms everyday materials into conceptual sculpture. Her practice focuses on the seemingly paradoxical relationship between the materiality and inherent narrativity of creation. The objects she creates remain fundamentally faithful to a specific material's original formal and conceptual coordinates. However, because personal narratives, fragments of imagined dialogues, or the sense of a mood or feeling are deliberately inserted, the viewer cannot avoid reading abstract ideas from them, transforming her sculptures into object-based performances. As well as her sculpture practice, Pérez Córdova runs Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing, a publishing project based in London and Mexico City, with writer and artist Francesco Pedraglio.
Selected Works & Awards
|2018||Daylength of a Room (solo), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland|
|2017||Smoke, nearby (solo), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA|
|2017||Ayrton, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|2016||11th Gwangju Biennale, The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju, South Korea|
|2015||3rd New Museum Triennial, Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, USA|
Nagoya City Art Museum
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