Winter/spring 2021 artist-in-residence Lorena Mal begins a conversation on her featured work in the exhibition, Spaces Between, with Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen, independent curator. To open a wider, current perspective on her study of places, objects, and materials, Mal will speak to her practice’s interpretation of our relationship to history and time, politics and sound, identity, and territory.
About the curator:
Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen is a Curator and Arts and cultural producer with over a decade of experience working and collaborating with artists and institutions to produce and curate art pieces, exhibits, festivals and cultural events. As Cultural Specialist at the UNESCO Field Office in Mexico she developed projects and curated exhibitions concerning the relationship between culture and migration, audiovisual heritage, and others relating to social sciences and the environment. Prior to that, she was Head of Exhibitions of the Alas y Raices program at the Ministry of Culture in Mexico between 2010 and 2013, where she curated and produced over 20 exhibitions and over 10 site-specific installations. She started her curatorial practice as Assistant Curator of the 100m3 Gallery in Mexico City.
Among other projects, she has collaborated with the International Human Rights Art Festival in New York and the International Contemporary Animation Film Festival ANIMASIVO. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as Programs Manager at NARS Foundation, and as an independent curator.
About the artist:
Lorena Mal grounds her work on the intersections between visual arts, music, and material history to open multiple understandings of time, territory, and identity. Her sound performances, sculptures, installations, and other material explorations on drawing and painting emerge from fieldwork study of materials, places, and echoes of events that are frequently forgotten or subtle by nature. For Mal, listening functions as an investigative tool of what escapes vision, measure, or representation, turning the dynamics of presence, duration, and memory into fundamental elements of her work, and influencing how she uses the exhibition space to propose other ways of time passing.
Image at top: (L) Lorena Mal, credit Gabriela Gordillo. Courtesy of the artist. (R) Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen, courtesy of the curator.