FD13 presents: Artist talk with Chantal Peñalosa. Friday, 22 September 2017, 6.30pm. The White Page/Minneapolis.
FD13 residency for the arts presents:
Artist talk with Chantal Peñalosa moderated by Sara Cluggish
Friday, 22 September 2017, 6.30 pm
The White Page
3400 Cedar Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
In the framework of FD13’s partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington D.C., Chantal Peñalosa is developing an audio-visual performance on Thursday, 28 September 2017, building upon research into the painted murals of in the Institute’s historic 16th Street MacVeagh Mansion.
In 1925, Guatemalan artist Yela Günther was commissioned by the Mexican government to design a series of murals for the Mexican Embassy building, connecting the grand Beaux Arts style architecture to the cultural and stylistic traditions of Mexico. The decision also reflected an interest of the time in indigeneity on the South American continent. Beginning in 1933, Yela’s original murals were painted over with more nationalistic scenes composed by Cueva del Río, a student of the Rivera mural style of painting that was well-established by this time. This second generation of murals remain in the building to this day and display a cross-section of Mexico’s national history.
Prior to the performance in D.C. Chantal Peñalosa will open her research to the public in Minneapolis in an artist talk moderated by FD13 Guest Curator Sara Cluggish and broadcast directly from the Mexican Cultural Institute building in D.C. to The White Page in Minneapolis. Images of the present-day Cueva del Río murals and a selection of Peñalosa’s previous moving images works will also be shown.
Chantal Peñalosa studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and the University of São Paulo. Peñalosa’s research-based practice is inspired by small gestures and interventions in everyday life, which are meant to expound upon notions of labor, waiting and delay. Repetition is a crucial element in her process, functioning as an allusion to the absurdity, weathering, and alienating effects of work. For Peñalosa repeating actions evoke latent states in which dialogue appears unilateral and time suspended. She was awarded the Acquisition Prize in the XIV edition of the Biennale of the Northwest and was awarded FONCA fellowships in the Young Artists category (2013-2014) and (2015-2016). In 2014 she participated in the 4th edition of the Bancomer Program for young artists at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. Most recently, her work has been shown at Casa del Lago in Mexico City and at AIR Antwerpen.