Mariana Castillo Deball, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2019
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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 (1975) lives and works in Berlin.
Earned a BFA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1997. In 2003, she completed a postgraduate program at Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands. Deball has been awarded with the Prix de Rome (2004), Zurich Art Prize (2012), a fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute (2012), and the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (2013). She was an artist in residency at the Berliner Künstlerprogramm in Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) in 2011.

Her solo exhibitions include: To-Day, February 20th, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art, United States (2018); Pleasures of association, and poissons, such as love, Galerie Wedding – Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (2017); Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, United States (2016); ¿Quién medirá el espacio, quién me dirá el momento?, MACO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico (2015); Mariana Castillo Deball, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal (2014); Mariana Castillo Deball, Parergon, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2014); “What we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept”, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2013); Zurich Art Prize: Uncomfortable Objects, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2012); Este desorden construido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria más abandonada, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2011); Between You and the Image of You That Reaches Me, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, United States (2010); Kaleidoscopic Eye, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2009); Estas ruinas que ves, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2006); Prix de Rome: Institute of Chance, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2004); among others.

Additionally, her work has been included in group exhibitions such as: Hello World. Revision einer Sammlung, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2018); Statues Also Die: Contemporary reflections on heritage and conflict in the Middle-East, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2018); Lecturas de un territorio fracturado, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2017); Alors que j'écoutais moi aussi David, Eleanor, Mariana, etc. La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France (2017); El orden Natural de las Cosas, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2016); Ce qui ne sert pas s’oublie, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2015); Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Arqueológicas, Matadero Centro de Creación Contemporánea, Madrid (2013); Resisting the Present, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012); Æther – Une proposition de Christoph Keller, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011); For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (2010); The Malady of Writing, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Spain (2009), among others.  

She has participated in biennales such as: Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj, United Arab Emirates (2017); Documenta 14, Athens (2017); 8 Berlin Biennale (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); 54th Venice Biennial (2011); AB2 HEAVEN 2nd Athens Biennale (2009); Manifesta 7, Trentino – Alto Adige, Italy (2008); 7th Shanghai Biennale, China (2008), among others.


Postgraduate program Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands
MA Fine Arts. Nacional Universidad of Mexico, UNAM, Mexico
Solo Shows

Amarantus, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Amarantus, MUAC Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico (forthcoming)
Amarantus, Artium Museum (Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo), Araba, Spain (forthcoming)
Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile, England’s Creative Coast, United Kingdom (commission with Towner Eastbourne, forthcoming)
Mariana Castillo Deball curates the Towner Collection, Towner Eastbourne, United Kingdom (forthcoming)
Between making and knowing something, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Replaying Life's Tape, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, Australia 
Mariana Castillo Deball, a solo exhibition, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Mariana Castillo Deball: Finding Oneself Outside, New Museum, New York, USA
Amparo Museum Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Georgia, USA
Barbara Wien Gallery, Berlin,  Germany         
Magical fatalism Opera about desire and nostalgia, Alumnos 47, Mexico City, Mexico
Statues Also die, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,Turin, Italy
Them inside the skin, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
Pleasures of association, & poissons, such as love —, Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Germany 
Sharjah Biennial 13 Tamawuj, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Mimbres pottery kill hole sequence, Kadist, Paris, France
The tortoise and other footraces between unequal contestants, Pinksummer, Rome, Italy
Feathered Changes, Serpent Disappearances, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
Reliefpfeiler, Barbara Wien Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Cronotropo, Musée Régional D'art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan, France
¿Quién medirá el espacio, quién me dirá el momento?, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca MACO, Oaxaca, Mexico
Parergon, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
Vista de Ojos, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Moi-Peau, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal
Tamoanchan, Pinksummer, Genova, Italy
Palavra e Pedra Solta Não Têm Volta, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
What we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, CCA Glasgow, Scotland, United Kigdom
What we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept, Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kigdom
El donde estoy va desapareciendo, TEOR/éTica, San Jose, Costa Rica
Zurich art prize, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
We are silently illiterate, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany
Este desorden construido, autoriza geológicas sorpresas a la memoria mas abandonada, Museo experimental, El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
Figures don‘t lie but liars can figure, Pink Summer, Genova, Italy
Between you and the image of you that reaches me, Museum of Latinoamerican Art, Long beach, USA
Mariana Castillo Deball, SCHAU ORT Elisabeth Kaufmann + Christiane Büntgen, Zurich, Switzerland
Kaleidoscopic Eye, Kunst Halle, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
DO UT DES, Objectif exhibitions, Antwerpen, Belgium
Nobody was tomorrow, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany
Estas Ruinas que ves, Museum of contemporary Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Time takes no time in a story, Adamski gallery, Aachen, Germany
Institute of Chance, Prix de Rome, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Never odd or Even, Marres Center for Contemporary Art, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Interlude: The reader’s traces, Intervention in the National library in Paris, Public library in New York and the National Library in Berlin. Contributors: Paul Elliman, Hubert Czerepok, Dario Gamboni, Raimundas Malašauskas, Harry Mathews, Peter Piller, Manuel Raeder, Steve Rushton, Enrique Vila-Matas
To look for a needle in a haystack, Stephan Adamsky Gallery, Aachen, Germany
Nine chains to the moon, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands
The wall and the books: 987 words stolen from a library, Library and gallery space, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Stochastic Archives, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
Group Shows
The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund, The Netherlands (forthcoming)
Pintar el Lienzo de Tlaxcala, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico (forthcoming)
La piel del códice Badiano (in collaboration with Tatiana Falcón), Casa de México en España, Madrid, Spain (forthcoming)
1000°, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany 
Who is gazing?, Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris, France
Time for Fragments - Works from the Marx Collection and the Collection of the Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany 
6th Biennale Gherdëina, Gherdëina, Italy
Rogerio Duarte Marginalia 1, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
Magical fatalism Opera about desire and nostalgia, Alumnos 47, Mexico City, Mexico
Statues Also die, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,Turin, Italy       
A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA                     
Neither., Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium                         
Recouvrir, ensabler, copier, traduire, restituer, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France
Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Parasite, Hong Kong                      
Sharjah Biennial 13, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates                      
Proyecto líquido. Deseo, Alumnos 47, Mexico city, Mexico 
¿Cómo vivir mejor con menos?, Bienal FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico       
Incerteza Viva, 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Brazil
rainbow caravan, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan       
SITElines2016. Much wider than a line, SITE Santa Fé, USA       
In The Belly of the Whale, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Liverpool Biennale, United Kingdom 
30th Anniversary Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria                     
Under the Same Sun, The South London Gallery, United Kingdom                        
Unresolved, De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
All Heritage is Poetry, Fórum Fundaçao Eugénio de Almeida, Portugal
Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi, Stroom Den Haag, The Netherlands     
Riddle of the Burial Grounds, Antwerp, Belgium                         
El orden Natural de las Cosas, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico      
The Art of Preservation, Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen, Germany 
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
Objetos Frontera, CA2M, Madrid, Spain
Riddle of the Burial Ground, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Ce qui ne sert pas s’oublie, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France
Sebald Variations, CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain
The Parliament of Things, Firstsite, Colchester, United Kigdom
Beyond Borders
, Fifth edition of Beaufort, Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea, Belgium
Biennial of the Americas, Denver, Colorado, USA
Panorama, The High Line, New York, USA
¡Puro mexicano! Tres momentos de creación, MUNAL, Mexico City, Mexico
Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France
8th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Under the Same Sun, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Playgrounds Reinventar la plaza, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Les Mots Bleus – Biennale de Belleville 3, Paris, France
TransVisible, 19 Bienal Paiz Guatemala - Artecentro Graciela Andrade de Paiz, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Post / Postminimal, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Future Perfect, Contemporary Art From Germany - Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland          
Bibliologie - FRAC - Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France  
Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
how to write II, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany
The Way of the Shovel, MCA Chicago, USA
Future Perfect, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany
Arqueológicas, Matadero, Madrid, Spain 
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
Serpentine Gallery Memory Marathon, London, United Kingdom 
Lieber Aby Warburg, Was tun mit Bildern, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Olinka, or Where Movement Is Created, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Life Is Elsewhere, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany
LA IDEA DE AMÉRICA LATINA, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain
Nos hicimos la ilusión de avanzar directamente, Espai Cultural de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Colección: el crimen fundacional, MUCA Roma, Mexico City, Mexico
Un ojo, dos ojos, tres ojos, Mariana Castillo Deball/Irene Kopelman (Uqbar), Casa Vecina, Mexico City, Mexico
Never odd or Even, Museum of contemporary art, Roskilde, Denmark
Printin’, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Resisting the present, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Esquemas para una Oda Tropical, Galeria Luisa Strina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Future Lasts Forever, Gävle Konstcentrum, Sweden
Never odd or Even, Grimm Museum, Berlin, Germany
Section Folklorique / Cabinet de Curiosités, Zeeuws Museum, Zeeland, The Netherlands
La Vie Mode d’Emploi (Life A User’s Manual), Meessen De Clercq, Bruxelas, Belgium
Homo Ludens, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mexicall/Resisting the present, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
The Eye is a Lonely Hunter – Images of Humankind, 4. Fotofestival Mannheim Heidelberg Ludwigshafen, Germany
Inanimate beings, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Magical Consciousness, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom 
What about this, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, Austria
Fleeting Stories/Historias Fugaces, LABoral, Gijón, Spain
Illuminations, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Amikejo 2 – men-show, Mariana Castillo Deball/Irene Kopelman (Uqbar), MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Shadowboxing, Royal College of Art: Curating Contemporary Art MA, London, United Kigdom
AEther – Une proposition de Christoph Keller, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Ars viva award, History, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
No Soul For Sale, Festival of independents, presenting with Peep-Hole, Milan, Italy, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom and Ginger Goodwin Way, OR gallery, Vancouver, Canada
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there, Touring exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Detroit, USA; de Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
The Heart of the Thing Is the Thing We Don’t Know, James Galley, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA
Ars viva award, History, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
This place you see has no size at all…, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
El Patio de mi casa, Cordoba, Spain
Heaven, Athens biennial, Athens, Greece
The Happy Interval, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius, Lithuania
What are we going to do after we’ve done what we’re doing to do next?, MACBA, Contemporary Art Museum, Barcelona, Spain
Paper exhibition, Artist space, New York, USA
The Malady of Writing, MACBA Contemporary Art Museum, Barcelona, Spain
A Fantasy for Allan Kaprow, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there, Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, USA
Performa, Lectures and exhibition at Cabinet Magazine Space, New York, USA 
Sequelism: Part 3, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Extranjeros en la cultura y en la tecnología, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chapter 2 (the repetition), Parc Culturel de Rentilly, France
22nd Ateliers Internationaux, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
Galeria Sentimental, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Salon of the revolution, 29th Youth Salon, Zagreb, Croatia
One of these things is not like the other things, 1/9 unosunove, Rome, Italy
Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy. In collaboration with Irene Kopelman, Uqbar
Shanghai Bienale, China
Blackboxing, Artistspace, New York, USA
Master Humphrey’s Clock, De appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sensitive Timelines, 26cc, Rome, Italy
Object, The Undeniable Success Of Operations, SMBA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Seven Times Two or Three, CUBITT, London, UK
Selective Knowledge, The National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation/MIET, Athens, Greece
A for Alibi, De appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Transacciones Filosóficas, Historical Observatory, Córdova, Argentina
The Book, Heidelberg Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
Extraordinary Rendition, Nogueras Blachard, Barcelona, Spain
The last piece of John Fare, GB Agency, Paris, France
Blackboxing, Project, Dublin, Ireland 
24th Memorial Nadežda Petrovic, Cacak, Serbia
Just in Time, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10 Defining Experiments, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA
Concerning knowledge, BAK, Utrecht, Netherlands
Resonances, Stuk, Leuven, Belgium; Artis, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
A place in Time, Campr Street, San Antonio, USA
Redo/Undo, Friederichshain, Kasel, Germany
Mercury in Retrograde, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Friends and Enemies, Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Today, November 20; If I can’t dance – I don’t want to be part of your revolution, Production in sequences, Leiden, Netherlands
Tropical Abstraction, Stedelijk Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9th Baltic Triennial of Art, CAC Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
Blackboxing, If I can’t dance – I don’t want to be part of your revolution, Production in sequences, Utrecht, The Netherlands
5ª Bienal de Artes Visuales del Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Bucket Brigade, Firehouse Center for Contemporary Art, Burlington City, Canada
Black Friday, Galerie Kamm, Berlin, Germany
GPB 2004, Galeri Pastor Bonus, Exteresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
Valenzuela y Klenner Arte Contemporaneo, Bogotá, Colombia
Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway
Outside of a Dog: Paperbacks and Other Books by Artists, Baltic, International Center for Contemporary Art Gateshead, United Kingdom 
24/7. New York – Vilnius, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
20 million mexicans can’t be wrong, Southampton gallery, United Kingdom 
En un mar en el que no se nada, Paris Photo, Project Room, Paris, France
Aparentemente Sublime, Museum of Modern art, Mexico City, Mexico
Every Piece is the show, Luxe projects, New York, USA
PULPA, Arte, literatura, moda, diseño y algo más Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, La Havana, Cuba
Titel folgt, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Volkskrant Regular (True Type), Volkskrant, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bonnefanten magazine, Maastricht, The Netherlands
A to Z. Museum in progress, Vienna, Austria
Registro/Registre, Galeria Banyoles, Spain
Se rendre a l’evidence, Centre Culturel du Mexique. Paris, France
XI Bienal Internacional, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal
Los libros de otros, Museo de la ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Gráfica actual, Instituto de artes gráficas de Oaxaca, Mexico
Exposición colectiva, MUCA Roma, Mexico
City editings. ZMVM: Zona Metropolitana del valle de México, Instituto Goethe, Buenos Aires, Argentina
El arte de los libros de artista: Homenaje a Ulises Carrión, Biblioteca Mexico, Mexico
Exhibición de cortometrajes, Centro de la imagen, Mexico City, Mexico

First Prize, Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Zurich Art Prize, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Switzerland
Ars-viva award, History, Germany
Prix de Rome/first prize. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Grant for postgraduate studies CONACULTA (National Council for the culture and arts), México
Young artists Grant, National Council for the culture and arts, Mexico

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