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PARQUE Galería, Ciudad de México
December 1, 2018 – January 19, 2019
Tejido y Piedra is the first solo exhibition of Lorena Ancona at PARQUE Galería which reflects on the impermanence of textiles and how a great imaginary —accessible only through the stony permanence of architectures, stuccoes and ceramics— blurs from Mesoamerican material history, where first there were the textiles.
Lorena Ancona is a visual artist working with sculpture and ceramics, weaving through the historiography of Mesoamerican dyes, pigments, natural materials and places. Her work is the result of a research-based practice that questions intangible displacements from forgotten traditions, heritage and identities. Using speculative techniques as an artistic methodology, her works seeks a potential for knowledge in the analysis and identification of mineral and ethnic bio-cultural surroundings. Recent projects have taken a particular interest in archaeological contexts and technological evidences of a synthetic organic-mineral (clay) pigment known as Mayan Blue; a research understood as part of an extended narrative in which the artistic gesture can give form to potential representations and stories which reintroduce forgotten materialities that would otherwise be lost in history.
She graduated from Escuela de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado ENPEG “La Esmeralda” and studied Photography and Video at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs ENSAD in Paris, as scholarship holder of the FONCA. Ancona participated in the BBVA-MACG Program 2016 – 2018, and she recently showed her work in group exhibitions in Mexico and abroad: Oficio y Materia at the Museo de Arte Zapopan in Jalisco, A School of Schools at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial in Turkey, Biennial of Nicaragua, Biennial of Havana, Tamayo Workshop in Oaxaca, Bienal de Pintura Alfredo Salce in 2016 where he received honorable mention, and various cultural initiatives in Oaxaca, Cuba and Mexico. Recently, Ancona was the chosen artist for the Gasworks’ Mexico Residency Patron’s Circle which will be held in London in 2019.