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.
14.12.2017 Martín Legón / Quatrienal Shanzhai. Group Show. Museo Genaro Pérez Av. General Paz 33, Ciudad de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina. Dec14—Feb18.2018
01.12.2017 Video TRES / Artists: Mondongo y Bizzio / Cameras: Pepe and Sebi Puenzo, Misael Bustos / Music: Ismael Pinkler / Guest Musician: Gabriel Chowjnik / Performer: Carolina Stegmayer / Video Montage: Misael Bustos / Film Direction: Lucía Puenzo
27.11.2017 Live show of the Centolla Society as part of Matías Duville's exhibition Romance atómico.
05.11.2017 Romance atómico MATIAS DUVILLE / Guest Curator:ANISSA TOUATI / Sound Design: CENTOLLA SOCIETY. Through December 16th
04.11.2017 La Boca, Buenos Aires. Martín Legón participates in the Special Vdeo Program curated by the artist Alen Segal. Distrito de las artes, Arenas Studios.
04.11.2017 La Boca, Buenos Aires. Martín Legón and Joaquín Boz (photo) participate in this second edition. Arenas Studios.
02.11.2017 Curated by Florencia Malbrán, "La Forma de La Boca" presents works by Irina Kirchuk, Tomás Maglione, Gian Paolo Minelli, Alejandra Seeber, Pablo Siquier and Anna Kazumi Stahl, created especially for this occasion. Through December 30th
14.10.2017 Mondongo. TRES. Performance, Túnel, 2017
16.09.2017 Projectos LA is a cultural platform for modern and contemporary Latin American galleries to exhibit in Los Angeles, EEUU. BARRO presents works by Nicanor Aráoz, Matias Duville, Mondongo and Amalia Ulman.
10.09.2017 Mondongo is part in the group show How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney at MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, L.A. USA. Mondongo, No soy tan joven como para saberlo todo, 2016. Through Januay 14th 2018.