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Art NOW Series: Delcy Morelos and Mariangela Méndez Prencke
Noon, November 29, 2019
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!
A conversation with Delcy Morelos about working with soil, site-specificity and the Mother’s Surface
Delcy Morelos grew up in Córdoba, one of the areas most impacted by armed confrontations for the land in the late twentieth century in Colombia. This exposure to violence has been channelled into her work, putting the emphasis in the soil, its corporeality and its colour. Initially a painter, Delcy Morelos now works primarily with large-scale site-specific installations, using a mixture of soils in different shades, as her raw material. Join us for a conversation with artist about working with soil, site-specificity and the Mother’s Surface, her latest installation.
Delcy Morelos (Tierra Alta, Colombia, 1967) studied at the Cartagena Fine Arts School and has exhibited individually since 1990. She has received such distinctions as the First Award in the Salon de Arte Joven in Bogotá, Colombia (1994). Among her individual exhibitions are Enie, Fundación NC-Arte, Bogotá (2018); Inner Earth, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018); La sombra Terrestre [The Earth’s Shadow], Fundación Fuga, Bogotá (2015); La doble negación [The Double Negative], Alonso Garces Gallery, Bogotá (2008); Museum of Modern Art Barranquilla (2006); Gt Gallery, Flax Arts Studios Residence Program, Belfast, North Ireland (2006); and Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá, Santa Fe Gallery, Bogotá (2004). Some of her most relevant group exhibitions include Du som jag, Havremagasinet, Boden, Sweden (2016) and Sami Center for Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway (2017); 7 Mercosul Biennial, Grito e escuta [Screaming and Listening], Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009); MDE 07, Espacios de hospitalidad [Hospitality Spaces], Medellín (2007); ES2002 Tijuana/II International Biennial, Tijuana Cultural Center CECUT (2002), and the VI Havana Biennial (1997). Her work explores through soil and colour, the origin of violence, social discrimination, the body, and its close relationship to the land. She lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.
Mariangela Méndez Prencke is curator at Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg, Sweden. She has a Master in Curatorial Studies from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York. She is PhD candidate in Philosophy, Arts and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Has previously worked as an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). She has curated many exhibitions in Colombia and abroad. She is also a lecturer and writer, in 2015 published her book Seduction: Extreme realism in the 70’s decade in Colombia and in 2016 she received a stipendium from the Swedish Authors’ Fund.
Art NOW wishes to thank the Southern Alberta Art Gallery for their collaboration in making Delcy's and Mariangela's visit and presentation possible.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.