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MADA Artforum: Mariana Castillo Deball

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Wednesday 25 September, 1-2pm
G104, Building G
Monash Art, Design and Architecture
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
FREE /// All welcome


Join us to hear from Mexican-born, Berlin-based artist Mariana Castillo Deball. Presented as part of Monash University’s Art, Design and Architecture’s Artforum series.

Castillo Deball’s practice draws upon Western sciences such as anthropology, archaeology and paleontology to reconfigure our understanding of history and our place within it.

Opening 5 October 2019 as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, MUMA premiers Mariana Castillo Deball: Replaying Life’s Tape, a solo exhibition by the artist as she expands this methodology even further, to the distant prehistoric past that resides beneath our feet.

For her project at MUMA, Castillo Deball has focused on Nilpena, an area north of Adelaide, which is home to one of the most well-preserved Ediacara fossil sites in the world. Now numbering around thirty such sites globally, the rich South Australian findings resulted in the naming of a new geological period. For her new project, Deball drills a wormhole through time to this unimaginably far off era, combining objects and viewing technologies to unearth new understandings of history, site and life itself.

Castillo Deball is a celebrated artist who has received accolades including the Prix de Rome, Amsterdam (2004), Zurich Art Prize (2012), Henry Moore Fellowship (2012), and the Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013).

Image: Mariana Castillo Deball, digital collage, production process Replaying Life’s Tape 2019. Courtesy Mariana Castillo Deball, 2019. Images © Studio Castillo Deball.

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