Why are some objects kept in ethnographic and anthropological collections not considered art? And what happens if we rethink how many of these objects have influenced actual art history? And what happens also if we look the other way around, if we read contemporary art as future archeology? What will survive, and how will this information survive? – Mariana Castillo Deball
Mariana Castillo Deball takes a kaleidoscopic approach to her practice, mediating between science, archaeology, and the visual arts and exploring the way in which these disciplines describe the world. Her installations, performances, sculptures, and editorial projects arise from the recombination of different languages that seek to understand the role objects play in our identity and history. Her works result from a long research process, allowing her to study the different ways in which a historical object can be read as it presents a version of reality that informs and blends into a polyphonic panorama. Seeking to initiate a dialogue with institutions and museums beyond contemporary art, she collaborates with ethnographic collections, libraries, and historical archives. She often produces multiples —books or objects with different uses and formats— to explore how they might generate new territories. Weaving her way through the fields of anthropology, philosophy, and literature, Castillo Deball draws inspiration from a wide range of sources as she engages in the exchange of knowledge as a transforming process for everyone involved.
Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975, Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works in Berlin.
She has had institutional solo exhibitions at Bloomberg Space, London (2022); Vlesshal, Middelburg (2022); Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (2021); MUAC-UNAM, Mexico City (2021); Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2021); Modern Art Oxford (2020); ACE Open, Adelaide (2020); Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield (2019); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2019); New Museum, New York (2019); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2018); Museo Amparo, Puebla (2018); San Francisco Art Institute (2016); Musée Régional D‘Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan (2015); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO) (2015); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2014); Kunsthalle Lissabon (2014); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2012); Museo Experimental el Eco, Mexico City (2011); Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach (2010); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (2009); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2006); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2004); Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht (2004); Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2002), among others.
Her work has been featured in recent group shows at institutions such as Architectural Association in London (2023); MUMOK, Vienna (2022); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2022); Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris (2020); Kunsthaus Dresden (2020); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (MACBA) (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM), Karlsruhe (2019); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2019 & 2018); Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2018, 2016 & 2015); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2018); KADIST Foundation, Paris (2017); The High Line, New York (2015); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015 & 2014); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014).
Mariana Castillo Deball4/11 - 22/12/2023 Brussels
Linhas TortasCurated by Diana Campbell 2/09 - 11/11/2023 São PauloLinhas Tortas is a multi-venue international group exhibition that celebrates the entanglements of journeys and the power of storytelling, marking a decade of Mendes Wood DM. Inspired by the Brazilian...
Linhas TortasCurated by Diana Campbell 2/09 - 11/11/2023 Casa IramaiaLinhas Tortas is a multi-venue international group exhibition that celebrates the entanglements of journeys and the power of storytelling, marking a decade of Mendes Wood DM. Inspired by the Brazilian...
Paper TrailsGroup Show 29/07 - 8/08/2023 Retranchement / D'Ouwe KerkeOpen every day | 11am to 6pm d'Ouwe Kerke Dorpsstraat 16 4525 AH Retranchement The Netherlands Osama Alrayyan, Laís Amaral, Lucas Arruda, Patricia Ayres, Alvaro Barrington, Paloma Bosquê, Castiel Vitorino...
Them inside the skinMariana Castillo Deball 13/10 - 16/12/2017 BrusselsThey arrived and the man appeared. He was a deer. He came closer and they cut up his flesh. They gathered wasps, hornets and bees and stuffed them inside the...
Palavra e pedra solta não têm voltaMariana Castillo Deball 21/11 - 21/12/2013 São PauloMendes Wood DM is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of the artist Mariana Castillo Deball at the gallery. In this exhibition, Castillo Deball touches a series of questions...
Estas Ruinas Que Ves / These Ruins You SeeMariana Castillo Deball, 2008Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Dimensions: 15,5 × 22,5 cm
Ixiptla Volume IMariana Castillo Deball, 2014Softcover, 180 pages
Publisher: Bom Dia Books
Dimensions: 19,5 × 27,5 cm
ParergonMariana Castillo Deball Kirsty Bell, Mariana Castillo Deball, Dario Gamboni and Melanie Roumiguière, 2015softcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm
Ixiptla Volume IIIMariana Castillo Deball, 2015Softcover, 180 pages
Publisher: Bom Dia Books
Dimensions: 19,5 × 27,5 cm
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