Exhibitors from 26 countries participated in the 2020 edition of ZONAMACO—Latin America’s leading art platform—in Mexico City, from February 5-6. This year, spatial design studio Tom Postma Design from the Netherlands and Mexican architecture, interior, and graphic design firm Salinas Lasheras were in charge of creating the restaurants and lounge areas.
ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo (comprised of the Main Section, New Proposals, ZONAMACO Sur, Modern Art, and Foro—an area showcasing mid-career galleries) and ZONAMACO Foto celebrated their 17th and fifth editions, respectively.
Among the participants were Henrique Faria, Galerie LeLong, and Miles McEnery Gallery from New York City; Arróniz, Kurimanzutto, and OMR from Mexico City; and Espacio Continuo and Galería Casa Cuadrada from Bogota, to name only a few.
Here are 10 highlights from ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo and ZONAMACO Foto.
1. Beverly Fishman, Untitled (Pain, Opioid, Addiction, ADHD), 2019 – Miles McEnery Gallery
Born in 1955, in Philadelphia, Beverly Fishman explores geometric abstraction through colorful artworks with different shapes, lines and sizes. Untitled (Pain, Opioid, Addiction, ADHD) was made with urethane paint on medium-density fiberboard.
2. Shirazeh Houshiary, Alar, 2016 – Lisson Gallery
Born in Shiraz, Iran in 1955 before moving to London in 1974, sculptor Shirazeh Houshiary explains: “I set out to capture my breath to find the essence of my own existence, transcending name, nationality and cultures.” Made of glass and mirror-polished stainless steel, Alar deals with the notion of transparency and the possibility of transcending three-dimensional space.
3. Jerrell Gibbs, The tea, 2020 – Mariane Ibrahim
“The tea came about during a conversation I had with an artist friend of mine,” says Jerrell Gibbs, who creates figurative portraits and accentuates banal representations of black identity. “We both joked about various meanings of ‘tea’ depending on the context of the conversation. I’m sure it functions on many different levels, but our conversation specifically spoke about ‘tea’ as gossip.”
4. Diana de Solares, Untitled, 2018 – Henrique Faria
Born in Guatemala City in 1952, Diana de Solares explores the concepts of space and place. Her abstract and geometric artworks reflect tensions between shapes, colors and lines. These elements represent the artist’s reflections about the world. “The notion of space led me … to questions such as ‘Where are we when we are in the world? How does an object become a place? How do we experience the world?’,” de Solares says.
5. Chun Kwang Young, Aggregation 18, 2018 – Sundaram Tagore
With his series Aggregations—created with small, triangular forms wrapped in mulberry paper—Korean artist Chun Kwang Young, who was influenced by Abstract Expressionism while he was living in the United States in the 1970s, demonstrates his interest in the themes of harmony and conflict.
6. Yojiro Imasaka, Illuminating Earth 6 – Miyako Yoshinaga
Yojiro Imasaka’s poetic landscape photographs evoke the fragility of human existence. Born in 1983 in Hiroshima, Japan, the artist—who currently lives in New York City—strives to create images that “hint [at] our past, present, and future,” he says.
7. Soledad Córdoba, Rito XIX #3, 2019 – Gema Llamazares
For Spanish artist Soledad Córdoba, photography is a way to represent new realities and raise questions about human experience. Her work is based on the idea of transcending reality and represents notions such as beauty, silence, pain, and fear among others.
8. Nick Veasey, Evening Dress, 2017 – Let There Be Art
“We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that beauty is more than skin deep,” says Nick Veasey. “By revealing the inside, the quintessential element of my art speculates upon what the manufactured and natural world really consists of.” For his fashion series, the British artist collaborated with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, creating x-rays of the garments from their collection, such as this Balenciaga dress.
9. Rachel Hellmann, Taper, 2019 – Archivo Colectivo
Presented in ZONAMACO Sur, a section curated by Juan Canela to reflect the expanding movement of the historical narratives in art that have flourished over the last millennium, Rachel Hellmann’s colorful and geometric paintings on paper deal with the perceived and actual space.
10. Pedro Friedeberg, Amanecer en Tulum, 2019 – MAIA Contemporary
Known for his hand chair, Mexico-City based surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg—who was born in Italy in 1936—creates unusual compositions inspired by architecture. Among his sources of inspiration are Aztec codices and pyramids, Catholicism, Hinduism, and Op Art, as well as many others.
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