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.
08.03.2018 New York, USA. For the first time, BARRO is present at The Armory Show. In this edition, Nicanor Aráoz and Amalia Ulman participate with installation, video, drawings, sculpture, and objects. Pier 92, Booth F9.
06.03.2018 Curated by Chus Martínez for Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy, the exhibition Metamorphoses – Let Everything Happen to You explores the concept of transformation and flourishing through the works of emerging international artists. It includes works of Nicanor Aráoz among other artists. Until June 26th, 2018
21.02.2018 Madrid, Spain. Matias Duville and Joaquín Boz (photo) participate in this edition. Booth 7 C02. Until February 25th 2018
16.02.2018 Paris, France. Nicola Costantino, Martín Legón (photo), Amalia Ulman and Agustina Woodgate participate in the show Video Sur. Le Tarmac, Palais de Tokyio. (Ph: Agustina Woodgate, Cracked, 2015. Video 9:38') Until march 14th 2018
14.02.2018 Book Launch: NICANOR ARÁOZ. ANTOLOGÍA GENÉTICA at La Internacional Argentina bookstore. Antología genética is published by Mansalva Ediciones and Torcuato Di Tella University, based on a curatorial project by Lucrecia Palacios, Alejo Ponce de León and Inés Katzenstein.
10.02.2018 Mondongo is back in Los Angeles this winter with a performance/installation at Automata in Chinatown, followed by an exhibition of a new series of plasticine works opening at Track16. On January 22, Mondongo will present an artist talk at CalArts, as a presentation of the CalArts Center for New Performance.
07.02.2018 Nicola Costantino is part on the grup show The Matter of Photography in the Americas at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford, California Until April 30th 2018
02.02.2018 La Casa Encendida presents the exhibition Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network, a guide for this brave new world that helps us understand how to be and how to view our own bodies and societies in the techno-capitalist context. Madrid, Spain. Until May 13th 2018
26.01.2018 München, Germany. Viewing the Other. Exhibition at Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation. Presents contemporary glass sculpture by Alejandra Seeber with Tony Cragg, Mona Hatoum, Ki-Ra Kim, Raimund Kummer,Kiki Smith, Pae White. Through June 29th 2018
25.01.2018 Musical Multimedia Show of Albert Pla whit Art Direction of Mondongo and Directed by Pepe Miravete. Teatro Regio, Buenos Aires. Until march 14th 2018