Mónica Parada / Spencer Tunick

Corpus Meum at Zsonamaco 2023.

8-12 Feb.


Dialogues around gender, sexual dissidence and the urgency to dismantle the heteronormative gaze on bodies have been some of the main tools of resistance against patriarchal hegemony. For decades, the subjectivities that are claimed through feminist struggles have been the subject of study and fuel of constant social outbursts that aspire, among other things, to transform society into one that is increasingly fairer and more inclusive.

CORPUS MEUM, is the title of Puerto Rican artist Mónica Parada’s most recent solo exhibition, a research project that explores gender identity through pictorial interventions on photographs, sculptures and collaborations with other artists. For this edition of ZONAMACO, Parada and American artist-photographer Spencer Tunick develop a new series of large-format photographs in which the bodies of several participants, including artist Camila Buxeda, star in a performative exercise of dissidence. For Monica it is important to challenge pre-established gender roles by questioning the conventions between feminine and masculine. With this in mind, the artist designs a series of paintings on paper and cardboard pieces that are used as props during the process of making the photographs, modifying breasts, features and genitalia, undermining the stereotypes that cross gender identity in the Western world.

According to Tunick, the project also attempts to combine painting and photography in a process of collective exploration of gender fluidity and non-conformity. In that sense, Parada’s pictorial and sculptural work is complemented by the photographic exercise that will be on view for the first time at the Fair. Her interventions on printed matter satirize the gender roles that are perpetuated in advertising and popular culture. Something similar happens with the actions that give meaning to Tunick’s photographic proposal, in which besides showing the body without clothes as a way of de-fetishizing nudity, Parada’s sculptures serve as tools to rewrite the identity of bodies. Added to this are the contributions in terms of context and setting provided by the gaze of Buxeda, who through her visual work has elaborated a repertoire of popular symbology that informs the imaginary of this action. It is important to emphasize that the performance will take place the weekend of February 4 in Mexico City and the results will be exhibited for the first time at the opening of ZONAMACO. This will be the first time Tunick will be photographing in Mexico City since his project with Andrés Blaisten at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelololco in 2009.

Among other things, the show will feature a collaboration between artist Raúl Estarás and Mónica Parada through which the public will be able to interact with the exhibition and explore the collection of NFTs that Parada designed for the show as part of her cardboard sculptures. As part of Rem Project’s proposal for ZONAMACO, Roberto Escobar launches Black Box, a digital venture that makes its international debut in this edition of the Fair presenting the work of 7 artists in NFT format through a technological device that allows the visualization of the piece while storing them. Some of the artists participating in this section are: JUFE, Jason Mena, Franzman Espino, Eliza Matthew and CRYPTOHAWKN.

Rem Project remains committed to supporting the careers of politically engaged artists. At this stage of the gallery, its efforts are focused on raising awareness of contemporary art from the Caribbean, Central and South America and their diasporas, while supporting its dialogue with artists based in other scenarios and territories. 

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