Mondongo is an Argentine artist group created in 1999, formed by Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha. Their work has always privileged the image, tightening and deepening its impact through the selection of materials in terms of their content, depending on what best reinforces the concept of his work. Mondongo was commissioned by the royal Spanish family to make official portraits of Queen Sofía, King Juan Carlos and Prince Felipe (Cumbre Portrait Series, 2003); they made them from colored mirrors referring to the colonial trade of goods. Thus, they chose cookies to play porn images extracted from internet, extended and transformed into a sort of pornographic candy for the suburban housewife (Black Series, 2004); plasticine for a contemporary, ironic and version post Freudian of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood (Red Series, 2004-2007); or cotton threads for soft texture of their own sex scenes (Love Series, 2006). Their work tries to develop a sense from the chaotic mass of objects and references which constitutes our daily field. In the show Merca (Blow; 2005), their artwork was shown through three-dimensional fragments of the dollar bill, embroidered using thread and nails, floating in the air, like frozen objects of desire. In 2013 they held a solo show in Buenos Aires, Mondongo Argentina at the Museum of Modern Art, which was considered by critics as one of the best of the year. They displayed part of the “Intimate Portraits” Series (2005-2015), “Cajitas” Series (2011-2012), and “Argentine” Series (2009-2012). In 2016 they exhibited this Series, and three works from the twelve “Skulls” Series (2009-2013) at MAXXI Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome. They have exhibited in Buenos Aires, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Madrid, London, Brussels, Zurich, Basel, Rome, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Beijing and Bangkok among others.
In the last years they develop performance activities, like No soy tan joven para saberlo todo, where a Pinocchio with mirror mask and long nose, solitary and contemporary, walk around the “Hall of the Mirrors” of Versailles palace with the distorted perspective where he converts daily activities into rituals. In February of 2016 they presented in Rome, at the MAXXI Museo Nazionale Delle Arti of the XXI Secolo, an exhibition composed by a great installation investigating in the classic topic of the landscape, of 45 meters of length exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires in 2013, and works of the Calaveras Series, made in plasticine. They are currently developing a series of puppets and in the context of the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA in Los Angeles they exhibit their works at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Movement of Latin American Art and Culture (MACLA), the MAK Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( LACMA). They live and work in Buenos Aires.
Mondongo. There are three burrows to which the artists invite us to get lost among creepy puppets, dreamlike landscapes, broken dreams, species of cadavre exquis and timeless tunnels.
13.06.2019 Basel, Switzerland. Aguas Calientes by Gabriel Chaile. Statements presents exciting new solo projects by emerging artists, who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize.
29.05.2019 Nicanor Aráoz in Una historia de la imaginación en la Argentina at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. Curator: Javier Villa. Until 27.10
29.05.2019 Amalia Ulman’s “Privilege” at 2019 Digital Art Curatorial Exhibition Program - Immortal on screen. Collective show at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Curator: TSENG Yu-Chuan.
29.05.2019 Gabriel Chaile proposes a “Genealogy of the Shape” as a collective poem that is constantly under construction. An ensemble of sculptures is organized in the exhibiting space as a large organism that breathes through arteries of steel and copper.
15.05.2019 Agustina Woodgate, with the work “National Times”, selected by the Whitney Biennial being the first Argentinian woman artist to participate in one of the most import Art Biennials. Until Sep 22th
11.05.2019 Poetry, Songs and Performance at Marcelo Pombo's Show
11.04.2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina. The gallery includes works by Aráoz, Duville, Chaile, Goldberg & Faivovich, Legón, Mondongo, Seeber and Woodgate in the main section of the fair.
30.03.2019 [...] "Finding its way between agitating self-consciousness and sleepwalking automatism, Marcelo Pombo reads History and his story over and over again in an exhibition that unfolds as strangely as dreams: a series of successive stations holding particularly vivid, mystifying instants of contemplation, visionary images. The iconographies he has been treasuring throughout his extensive journey return once again but disruptively". Federico Baeza for Templos de barrio by Marcelo Pombo.
20.03.2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nicanor Aráoz presents a Solo Show in the Residents section. Director: Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh. Booth G7
14.03.2019 Forum Mesón de Fierro: Towards the XXII Century. Words by Ambassador of Argentina Rafael Mariano Grossi, by Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs Simonetta Di Pippo, by Director of the Museum of Natural History of Vienna Christian Köberl. Curator Daniela Zyman. United Nations Office at Vienna