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.
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 Mesón de Fierro. 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. Sede Naciones Unidas Viena.
05.03.2019 New York, USA. Gabrile Chaile and Matías Duville participate in this Edition. Pier 94, Booth P26.
27.02.2019 Madrid, Spain. Mónica Girón (BUE), Alejandra Seeber (NY), Amalia Ulman (LA), Agustina Woodgate (MIA) participate in this edition. Booth 7 B01.
04.02.2019 Art Dubai will feature the second edition of Residents, dedicated to solo presentations from invited galleries whose artists will take part in a 4-8 week residency in the UAE. Curators: Fernanda Brenner & Munira Al Sayegh.
04.01.2019 Nicola Costantino presents Real Absoluto an exhibition that includes 3 site-specific installations: Abisal + Pardes + El verdadero jardín nunca es verde. In Mar del Plata until March 15.
21.11.2018 The artist duo presents In serch of Mesón de Fierro at the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria. Finissage and book presentation: March 11.
25.10.2018 For the work of art to be a transforming agent, the ability of analysis and interpretation has to exist. In this exhibition, Mónica Giron formalizes the different methodologies she applies to refine perception and acquire knowledge both in her life and in her work production as well as in her practice in the artist formation area.
24.10.2018 Introduction to Feng Shui and the concept of Reflex Zones, from the practice of Contemporary Art.