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between you and the image of you that reaches me, 2010

installation view, ars viva 09/10 geschichte/history, kölnischer kunstverein, 2010

between you and the image of you that reaches me, 2010

installation view, ars viva 09/10 geschichte/history, kölnischer kunstverein, 2010

the stronger the light your shadow cuts deeper, 2009

papercutting

dimensions variable

tree trap oaxaca, 2013

paper squeeze, wool, cotton paper

dimensions variable

photograph of the making of tree trap, berlin 2012

what we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, 2013

mixed media

dimensions variable

what we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, 2013

mixed media

dimensions variable

you have time to show yourself before other eyes, 2014

installation view at 8 berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, berlin, 2014

you have time to show yourself before other eyes, 2014

installation view at 8 berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, berlin, 2014

hieroglyph storage, 2014

metal structure, 7 white plaster pieces

59.06 x 59.06 x 31.5 inches

estas ruinas que ves, 2006

installation view at museum of contemporary art carrillo gil, mexico city, mexico, 2006 

no solid form can contain you, 2010

modular fiberglass sculpture made from a cast of the original coatlicue statue

dimensions variable

no solid form can contain you, 2010

modular fiberglass sculpture made from a cast of the original coatlicue statue

dimensions variable

between you and the image of you that reaches me

installation view at the museum of latin american art, long beach, california, united states, 2010

no acabarán mis flores, 2013

five embroided chinelo costumes

performance, matadero madrid, 2013

nuremberg map of tenochtitlan, 2013

woodcut with a cnc router, costumes, embroideries, masks

590.5  x 374.01 inches

nuremberg map of tenochtitlan, 2013

woodcut with a cnc router

590.5  x 374.01 inches

vista de ojos, 2014

set of 130 pieces, 18 mm plywood plate incised with cnc router

46.46 x 46.46 inches each plate

vista de ojos, 2014

set of 130 pieces, 18 mm plywood plate incised with cnc router

46.46 x 46.46 inches each plate (detail)

vista de ojos, 2014

set of 130 pieces, 18 mm plywood plate incised with cnc router

46.46 x 46.46 inches each plate

untitled, 2014

laserchrome print mounted on dibond

70.87 x 106.3 inches

uncomfortable objects, 2012

metal structure, papier-mâché, laser prints and aluminum wire

78.74 x 39.37 x 19.69 inches

uncomfortable objects, 2012

metal structure, papier-mâché, laser prints and aluminum wire

78.74 x 39.37 x 19.69 inches

uncomfortable objects, 2012

plaster, pigments, stones, shells, masks, fabric, glass, wood, clay, diverse objects mounted on a steel frame

236.22 x 157.48 x 118.11 inches

uncomfortable objects, 2012

plaster, pigments, stones, shells, masks, fabric, glass, wood, clay, diverse objects mounted on a steel frame

236.22 x 157.48 x 118.11 inches

uncomfortable objects, 2012

plaster, pigments, stones, shells, masks, fabric, glass, wood, clay, diverse objects mounted on a steel frame

236.22 x 157.48 x 118.11 inches (detail)

tropic, why did you give me these hands so full of color? and nadie sabe qué hora es, 2011

site specic installation, papier mâché, aluminium wire, laser prints

dimensions variable

llke a hundred mirrors, i reflect your body, 2011

papier mâché, aluminium wire, laser prints, various sizes

118.1 x 112.2 x 51.2 inches

there are no spaces in words as people speak them, 2012

acrylic paint on wall

66.93 x 15.75 inches

mathematical distortions, 2012

plaster, pigments, rabbit glue, aluminum

dimensions variable

there are no spaces in words as people speak them, 2012

acrylic paint on wall

66.93 x 15.75 inches

mathematical distortions, 2012

plaster, pigments, rabbit glue, aluminum

dimensions variable

este desorden destruido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, 2011

installation view museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

este desorden destruido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, 2011

installation view museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

este desorden destruido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, 2011

installation view museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

where I am is vanishing, 2011

installation view of LLUMInations, 54th venice biennale, venice, italy, 2011

where I am is vanishing, 2011

installation view of LLUMInations, 54th venice biennale, venice, italy, 2011

 

parergon, 2014

installation view at hamburger bahnhof-museum für gegenwart- berlin, 2014

null problemo, 2014

reproduction of a wheelchair with inscription

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between you and the image of you that reaches me, 2010

installation view, ars viva 09/10 geschichte/history, kölnischer kunstverein, 2010

image

between you and the image of you that reaches me, 2010

installation view, ars viva 09/10 geschichte/history, kölnischer kunstverein, 2010

image

the stronger the light your shadow cuts deeper, 2009

papercutting

dimensions variable

image

tree trap oaxaca, 2013

paper squeeze, wool, cotton paper

dimensions variable

image

photograph of the making of tree trap, berlin 2012

image

what we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, 2013

mixed media

dimensions variable

image

what we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, 2013

mixed media

dimensions variable

image

you have time to show yourself before other eyes, 2014

installation view at 8 berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, berlin, 2014

image

you have time to show yourself before other eyes, 2014

installation view at 8 berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, berlin, 2014

image

hieroglyph storage, 2014

metal structure, 7 white plaster pieces

59.06 x 59.06 x 31.5 inches

image

estas ruinas que ves, 2006

installation view at museum of contemporary art carrillo gil, mexico city, mexico, 2006 

image

no solid form can contain you, 2010

modular fiberglass sculpture made from a cast of the original coatlicue statue

dimensions variable

image

no solid form can contain you, 2010

modular fiberglass sculpture made from a cast of the original coatlicue statue

dimensions variable

image

between you and the image of you that reaches me

installation view at the museum of latin american art, long beach, california, united states, 2010

image

no acabarán mis flores, 2013

five embroided chinelo costumes

performance, matadero madrid, 2013

image

nuremberg map of tenochtitlan, 2013

woodcut with a cnc router, costumes, embroideries, masks

590.5  x 374.01 inches

image

nuremberg map of tenochtitlan, 2013

woodcut with a cnc router

590.5  x 374.01 inches

image

vista de ojos, 2014

set of 130 pieces, 18 mm plywood plate incised with cnc router

46.46 x 46.46 inches each plate

image

vista de ojos, 2014

set of 130 pieces, 18 mm plywood plate incised with cnc router

46.46 x 46.46 inches each plate (detail)

image

vista de ojos, 2014

set of 130 pieces, 18 mm plywood plate incised with cnc router

46.46 x 46.46 inches each plate

image

untitled, 2014

laserchrome print mounted on dibond

70.87 x 106.3 inches

image

uncomfortable objects, 2012

metal structure, papier-mâché, laser prints and aluminum wire

78.74 x 39.37 x 19.69 inches

image

uncomfortable objects, 2012

metal structure, papier-mâché, laser prints and aluminum wire

78.74 x 39.37 x 19.69 inches

image

uncomfortable objects, 2012

plaster, pigments, stones, shells, masks, fabric, glass, wood, clay, diverse objects mounted on a steel frame

236.22 x 157.48 x 118.11 inches

image

uncomfortable objects, 2012

plaster, pigments, stones, shells, masks, fabric, glass, wood, clay, diverse objects mounted on a steel frame

236.22 x 157.48 x 118.11 inches

image

uncomfortable objects, 2012

plaster, pigments, stones, shells, masks, fabric, glass, wood, clay, diverse objects mounted on a steel frame

236.22 x 157.48 x 118.11 inches (detail)

image

tropic, why did you give me these hands so full of color? and nadie sabe qué hora es, 2011

site specic installation, papier mâché, aluminium wire, laser prints

dimensions variable

image

llke a hundred mirrors, i reflect your body, 2011

papier mâché, aluminium wire, laser prints, various sizes

118.1 x 112.2 x 51.2 inches

image

there are no spaces in words as people speak them, 2012

acrylic paint on wall

66.93 x 15.75 inches

mathematical distortions, 2012

plaster, pigments, rabbit glue, aluminum

dimensions variable

image

there are no spaces in words as people speak them, 2012

acrylic paint on wall

66.93 x 15.75 inches

mathematical distortions, 2012

plaster, pigments, rabbit glue, aluminum

dimensions variable

image

este desorden destruido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, 2011

installation view museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

image

este desorden destruido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, 2011

installation view museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

image

este desorden destruido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, 2011

installation view museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

image

where I am is vanishing, 2011

installation view of LLUMInations, 54th venice biennale, venice, italy, 2011

image

where I am is vanishing, 2011

installation view of LLUMInations, 54th venice biennale, venice, italy, 2011

 

image

parergon, 2014

installation view at hamburger bahnhof-museum für gegenwart- berlin, 2014

image

null problemo, 2014

reproduction of a wheelchair with inscription

mariana castillo deball
* 1975, Mexico City

 

In her work, which spans a broad array of media, Mariana Castillo Deball explores the role objects play in our understanding of identity and history. She takes a kaleidoscopic approach to her practice, culling information from various disciplines, creating rich and resonant images that arise from the collision and recombination of these different languages. For example, Deball’s interest in the mathematical laws and geometric structures that govern the natural world have contributed to a body of work in which elements of science and nature are synthesized into sculptural objects. Another important aspect of her work is her collaboration and research with institutions and museums. Weaving her way through the fields of archaeology, science, and literature, she engages in the exchange of knowledge as a process that implies a transformation on both sides. In each project she produces multiples—books or objects that function as performative devices with different uses and formats, exploring how these objects might generate new territories.

 

Mariana Castillo Deball earned an MA in Fine Art from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City in 1997. In 2003, she also completed a postgraduate program at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Deball was awarded the Prix de Rome, Amsterdam (2004), Zurich Art Prize (2012), Henry Moore Fellowship (2012), and Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013). She completed a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst residency in Berlin in 2011.

 

Her most important exhibitions include: ¿Quién medirá el espacio, quién me dirá el momento?, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico (2015); Mariana Castillo Deball, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal (2014); Mariana Castillo Deball, Parergon, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2014); What we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, CCA Glasgow, Scotland (2013); Uncomfortables Objects, Zurich Art Prize, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2012); Este desorden construido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); Between you and the image of you that reaches me, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, United States (2010); Kaleidoscopic Eye, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2009); Estas Ruinas que ves, Museum of contemporary Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2006); Institute of Chance, Stedelijk Museum (Prix de Rome), Amsterdam, Netherlands (2004); Interlude: The reader’s traces, Intervention in the National library in Paris, Public library in New York and the National Library in Berlin (2003). Additionally, her work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Museé d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France (2015); Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States (2014); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2013); Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, United States (2012); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2012); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2011); Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United kingdom (2010); Macba, Barcelona, Spain (2009); De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2008); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2006), among others.

 

She has participated in various biennales, such as the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2014); the 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2011); the 2nd Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (2009).

 

Mariana Castillo Deball currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.