On the occasion of the group show The Sowers, the Foundation invites the Mexican artist Héctor Zamora for an online masterclass moderated by Anissa Touati, co-curator. The artist will talk about his performative and plastic practice and the video work presented in the Foundation’s exhibition.
The film Movimientos emisores de existencia (2019) is a performance that diverts cultural customs from several countries by placing hundreds of clay pots on the ground, which are deformed by the action of women walking. The work is part of the artist’s practice of using mainly everyday objects and modest materials that he decontextualizes to question their original function and plasticity.
Born in 1974 in Mexico, Héctor Zamora lived for several years in São Paulo before settling in Lisbon. Modelling the ephemeral through the medium of installation, performance and video, his practice is regularly inscribed in specific sites and questions the exhibition space by creating works that involve the active participation of visitors. In recent years, Héctor Zamora has worked mainly in public spaces, with the aim of integrating his works into the urban environment that surrounds them. The Strangler project, currently on display at Trienniale Brugge 2021 in the garden of the Gezellehuis, illustrates the tension between the natural space and its apprehension by the public through an industrial scaffold installed around a large Austrian pine tree.
Héctor Zamora’s work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions and commissions, including the Havana Biennial, the Venice and Liverpool Biennials and the Met Museum in New York. Among his notable solo exhibitions are Movimientos Emisores de Existencia, Labor Gallery (2019), Ordre et Progrès, Palais de Tokyo – SAM Art projects (2016), La réalité et autres tromperies, FRAC des Pays de la Loire (2015). He is represented by the galleries Albarrán Bourdais, Madrid, Labor, Mexico City and Luciana Brito, São Paulo and will be present at the 13th Mercosul Biennial (Brazil) in 2022.
Anissa Touati is a French exhibition designer and independent curator trained in archaeology. She is also the founding director of the cultural organisation Octavia, which supports hybridity as a potential root of harmonious community life. She is the former artistic director of the Contemporary Istanbul fair, for which she built a programme of reflection on the issue of Mediterraneanity, and the former associate director of the Chalet Society in Paris. She has organised or co-organised exhibitions in institutions and galleries around the world, including Turkey, Lebanon, Mexico, Argentina, the United States, Italy and France, including the launch of the BeMa museum in Lebanon in 2018, Cycles of collapsing progress. She is currently working on the summer exhibition at the National Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria in partnership with the Musiz Foundation.
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