(Mexico City, Mexico)
Expecting 60,000 visitors in its 15th year, ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo starts this Wednesday, February 7th. The 2018 edition of the fair features 170 exhibitors from 27 countries across America, Europe and Asia, divided into five sections: New Proposals, Zonamaco Sur, Modern Art, and, of course, the Main Section, composed by 77 galleries.
It is in the latter that São Paulo-based Galeria Vermelho holds a booth. One of the two Brazilian galleries to participate in the fair this year, Vermelho will exhibit works by Cinthia Marcelle, Jonathas de Andrade (both PIPA Prize finalists), Iván Argote, Nicolás Robbio, Nicólas Bacal and Carmela Gross. The pieces range from photos (such as Marcelle’s and Andrade’s works, respectively “A tempestade” and “Landlord”) to sculptures (like Nicólas Bacal’s “El amor es más fuerte que la gravedad”).
The other Brazilian gallery to take part in the show is Emma Thomas, this time in Zonamaco Sur. Curated by the PIPA Board member Kiki Mazzucchelli for the first time this year, the section specializes in solo projects developed under the representation of a gallery. This edition’s theme is “The Logic of Materials”, or how the articulation of different materials can play an essential role the construction of their meanings:
– It’s important to highlight that what I have planted here was a kind of neo-Kantian, formalist vision of art – says Mazzuchelli about her choice of theme in an interview to Mexican newspaper El Financiero. – This interest in materials by artists is something recent. There are many who have it, especially in Latin American, although not exclusively; many of them are also quite young. The difference between this production and the one from the 90’s is that, while then there was an interest in narrative processes and a comeback of conceptual art, now there are artists who choose to explore materials to generate meaning.
Such is the case of the artist represented by Emma Thomas, Carlos Mélo – yet another PIPA Prize nominee. Born in Pernambuco, in the Northeast of the country, he is known for photographies, videos, drawings and sculptures which explore a kind of animal-esque mysticism, deeply related to the landscape in which he was raised.
The fair is complete with the affiliated event ZONAMACO Diseño, which celebrates its 8th anniversary this year. Check out some of the artworks showcased at the fair:
ZONAMACO México Arte Contemporáneo
On view from February 8th through the 11th
Opening (preview): Wednesday, February 7th, from 4 pm to 9 pm