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.
24.09.2019 Acople. Curated by Jimena Ferreiro. This show proposes to dramatize some ideas-strength that organize the local art narrative through a matching system, as random as inscribed in the personal canon of the artists involved.
20.09.2019 At London Open House 2019, London UK @openhouselondon. Curators: Melina Berkenwald & Alessio Antoniolli @gasworkslondon
12.09.2019 Istanbul, Turkey. Matías Duville presents a Solo Project in the Main Sector of the fair, which this year has the artistic direction of Anissa Touati.
31.08.2019 Fantasy, hallucinogenic states, humor and erotism serve to create imaginary worlds inspired by erotic art from the Moche culture of Northwest Peru. Miguel Ángel Ríos goes on a hallucinogenic trip through his own fantasies and with reference to the fragmentation of shapes and the self.
31.08.2019 Artists: Xil Buffone, Cristina Coll, Josefina Labourt, Maruki Nowacki. Editor: Martín Legón. Curators: Guadalupe Creche & Martín Legón
25.08.2019 MATIAS DUVILLE: DESERT MEANS OCEAN. Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). August 25— December 1, 2019.
13.06.2019 Basel, Switzerland. Aguas Calientes by Gabriel Chaile. Statements presents exciting new solo projects by emerging artists, who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize.
01.06.2019 Artist: Lido Iacopetti Editor: Martín Legón. Curators: Ángeles Azcua y Jimena Ferreiro. co-produced with Aldo de Sousa Gallery.
29.05.2019 Nicanor Aráoz in Una historia de la imaginación en la Argentina at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. Curator: Javier Villa. Until 27.10
29.05.2019 Gabriel Chaile proposes a “Genealogy of the Shape” as a collective poem that is constantly under construction. An ensemble of sculptures is organized in the exhibiting space as a large organism that breathes through arteries of steel and copper.