From 09/14/2023 to 11/24/2023
Barcelona, Spain

Zielinsky Barcelona presented La herida, la venda, la cura (The Wound, the Bandage, the Cure), a solo exhibition by Sandra Monterroso (Guatemala City, 1974). Monterroso has developed an artistic practice in which she strives to restore her cultural and ancestral heritage as a Mayan artist.


Sandra Monterroso's research takes into account both the current political reality and the history of violence in Guatemala –racial, social and gender–, as well as the power structures inherited from colonialism in order to, from a situated knowledge, "heal the colonial wounds through art and Mayan rituals and those of other cultures".


For her first exhibition at the gallery, Monterroso presents the sculptures "Expoliada No. 6", "Mujer ofrendando hilo y concha", "Puntos en Resistencia Azul" and the videos "Mac/Culpa" and "Ofrenda para Chaac", as well as the series of paintings "La Herida, la Venda, la Cura", which give the exhibition its title.


Each of the sculptures in the exhibition have been dyed with natural dyes that are responsible for creating the tones and the chromatic range: the red comes from the cochineal (Dactylopius coccus), the yellow from the turmeric (Curcuma longa) and the blue from the indigofera (Indigofera guatemalensis). The works in this series address in a political and social way the cultural, economic and territorial dispossession to which native communities are subjected as a consequence of the implementation of hegemonic activities in the region, whose natural resources played a central role in the expansion of a new global order of exploitation.

Sandra Monterroso (1974, Guatemala City) studied Graphic Design in 2001 in Guatemala, followed by a master's degree at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Mexico, and later a doctorate in Art Practice at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien in Vienna. Her works have been selected to participate in solo and group exhibitions, including: 12th Havana Biennial, Cuba; 56th Biennale di Venezia (Indigenous Voices-Padiglione Latin America); The Getty Center, Los Angeles; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal; Centre Pompidou, France; Denver Art Museum, USA; Casa del Lago UNAM, Mexico City. The artist's works are in numerous public and private collections: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain; Essex Collection of Latin American Art, Colchester, England; Yes Contemporary Collection, Miami; Fundación Paiz Collection for Art and Culture, Guatemala; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo y Diseño de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.


La herida, la venda, la cursa. Exhibition by Sandra Monterroso.


Until November 25, 2023.


Zielinsky, Passatge de Mercader, 10 08008, Barcelona, Spain.

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