Berlin Guest 2023
Vernissage 15th of December, 18:00h – 21:00h
16th of December, from 15:00h – 21:00h
19th to 23rd of December, from 15:00 – 18:00h
María León uses objects and materials with diverse historical and cultural values to explore new ways of relating to each other. Her artistic research is a process that transcends the object itself, expanding into sculpture, installation and drawing. The idea of the “expanded object”, inspired by Rosalind Krauss’ concept of “expanded field”, is the one she feels most comfortable with when describing her work.
After collecting objects or materials she intervenes with them through an open and intuitive process, which includes strategies such as intervention, decontextualisation or deconstruction, in order to generate tension or specific encounters. The temporality of materials is very present, manifested through constant reference to the fragment, the remainders or traces, which are characteristic elements of her aesthetic language.
As GlogauAIR Berlin Guest Artist, she has developed an exhibition for the project space titled “Hold My Hand”, which questions the notion of support as a form of resistance from a material perspective. Understanding resistance as a mechanism of protection against a traumatic experience, or as a form of creative empowerment, she creates an installation using hanging leather elements containing loaves of bread and fragile structures with pieces of candelabra.
We present the work of Berlin based artist Maria León as the winner of the Berlin Guest Artist of fall 2023, thanks to Memoria Artística Chema Alvangonzalez.
Photographs by Giulia Bevione © 2023 All rights reserved to GlogauAIR gGmbH