January 17, 2020
6 - 8 pm
February 5, 2020
6 - 8 pm
Conversation will start at 7pm
Cecilia Brunson Projects (CBP) is delighted to start 2020 with a Latin American group exhibition, Contagio, in our Bermondsey gallery.
Artist Jaime Gili curates this exhibition that brings together nine Latin American artists who live in the United Kingdom. Contagio consists of newly commissioned or recent artworks by: Cecilia Bonilla, Alexandre Canonico, Martin Cordiano, Patricia Domínguez, Jaime Gili, Lucía Pizzani, Manuela Ribadeneira, Lizi Sánchez and Chino Soria. Accompanying the works, there will be a library displaying publications selected by each artist.
In combining art and literature, each artist communicates a personal, poetic or political message that speaks to past and present Latin American and European artistic traditions and cultural circumstances. In doing so, Contagio is an experiment to test the depth of the artists’ shared perspective at the confluence between Latin America and Europe. With nearly every country in the Southern Cone represented, Contagio aims to openly highlight the importance of cultural exchange and illustrate how the flow of artistic and cultural traditions have a ‘contagious’ element to them.
Alongside the exhibition, a catalogue will be published with a text by Kiki Mazzucchelli.
Brief introductions and biographies of contributing artists:
Cecilia Bonilla – Cecilia’s multidisciplinary practice spans across collage, photography, video, sculpture and assemblage. Playfully, yet seriously, throughout her work themes of domesticity, the ideals of beauty, ‘life-style’, and other social constructs are questioned, corrupted and undermined through minimal, yet skilful modification. (b. Montevideo, Uruguay, 1973). Master’s Degree at Chelsea College of Art, London. She has exhibited internationally including the National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo (2013) and most recently at Atchugarry Arts Foundation, Miami (2019).
Alexandre Canonico – Influenced by architectural principles, Alexandre’s practice highlights the transition between spatial representation and physical expression. (b. Pirassununga, Brazil, 1974). Alexandre graduated from Faculdade de Belas Artes de Sao Paulo in 1999 and is currently at the postgraduate programme of the Royal Academy in London. He has exhibited internationally including the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2019); Kubik Gallery, Portugal (2019); Galeria Marilia Razuk, Brazil (2019).
Martín Cordiano – Martín’s practice is an exploration of the contradiction between the dynamic world we live in and the rigid structures of the building environment and architecture that contains it. As a result, art is used as lens to think and rethink this language, trying actively to renegotiate meaning through asking questions differently. (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1975). Master’s Degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and has exhibited internationally including the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
Patricia Domínguez – Bringing together an experimental research on ethnobotany, healing practices and the corporatization of wellbeing, Patricia’s work focuses on the transference from colonial times to neoliberal practices of extraction and overworking. (b. Santiago de Chile, 1984). She completed a Master’s Degree from Hunter College in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Gasworks, London (2019); Momenta, Biennale de l'image, Montreal (2019); Pizzuti Collection Museum, Columbus Ohio (2016).
Jaime Gili – Jaime’s recent work brings abstract painting to what he sees as a necessary crossing between modernist tradition and current affairs, as seen in his shows in London in 2017 and New York in 2018. His recent series uses colour to talk about candid illusions and broken promises. (b. Caracas, Venezuela, 1972). Master’s Degree from the Royal College of Art, London. Gili's work is in public and private collections including: Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Colección Cisneros, Caracas. Recent exhibitions include Espacio Monitor, Caracas (2018); Rønnebæksholm, NÆSTVED (2014); The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami (2014).
Lucía Pizzani – Lucía has studied ancient rituals of Aztec gods to delve into ideas of regeneration, transformation and metamorphosis, through ceramics, photography, installation, collage and video. For this show, Lucía is working with the symbolism of the snake skin to express concepts of power and dominance. (b. Caracas, 1975). Master’s Degree from Chelsea College and Diploma on Conservation Biology from Columbia University NY. She has exhibited internationally and has recently completed commissions for The Photographer´s Gallery and The Cultivist. This year she was in residency at Fundación MARSO and will be doing Casa Wabi in 2020, both in México.
Manuela Ribadeneira – Manuela’s artistic practice often starts with investigations into small moments or events that dramatically shape the wider historical narrative. Employing a wide variety of media, she addresses the arbitrary nature of borders, as well as their political, cultural, and historical implications. (b. Ecuador, 1966). Manuela is featured in several collections at key museums, including the Guggenheim, New York. She has exhibited internationally, including at The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami (2018), and at the Instituto de Visión, Bogota (2018).
Lizi Sánchez – Lizi’s practice is characterised by an uncannily ‘familiar’ air that leads us down a path of well researched visual references that appeal to our memory. Her use of colour, fonts and their industrial appearance, relay fragments of commercial and popular culture that sabotage the mechanism by which these infiltrate our aesthetic sensibilities. (b. Lima, Perú, 1975). Holds a Master’s Degree from Goldsmiths College, London. She has exhibited internationally, including Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015) and Drawing Room Biennial, London (2015).
Chino Soria – Chino is an architect and artist who produces sculptures, drawings, paintings, installations, and computer-generated pictures. His recent work echoes the precarious, provisional and hyper-consumerist character of our times. (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1964). Soria's work has been exhibited internationally in numerous public spaces and galleries, including: Hyperspots Art Space, Venice, California, USA; Lightcontemporary Art Gallery, London, England, and Filo Space of Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina.