The exhibition Tentative of the Inventory, compiles works of the 25 years of trajectory of the Chilean artist Mónica Bengoa, which will be available from December 7 to March 11, 2018, in the National Museum of Fine Arts of Santiago de Chile.
Being its first retrospective show, Mónica Bengoa will exhibit her most relevant works made between 1992 and 2017. The curatorship, carried out by the artist herself, does not intend to show a chronological development, but to show the themes, materialities and procedures that she has used in the production Of his works.
Through his artistic research Bengoa has established a work process around the problem of the material expansion of daily life, using strategies of transfer of photographic images towards large murals, through manual means. In this way, it has established bridges of material exchange with other media and supports, investing formal strategies from drawing and painting, including the use of objects. The selection of works includes, among others, photographic pieces in which the artist systematically recorded everyday situations, like her children washing their teeth for months. They also highlight large murals composed of thousands of colored paper napkins and their huge felt pieces hand-drawn. Throughout his career he has developed a career characterized by meticulous manual work and the use of materials and procedures close to the artisanal.
“My artistic production has revolved around the question about the meaning of the photographic image; of the permanence of photography as the structure that always underlies the transformed image “, explains the artist.
About the artist
Mónica Bengoa (Santiago, 1969) has a degree in Art from the Catholic University of Chile and a Master of Arts from the University of Chile. Since 1993 he has worked as a teacher at the Art School of the Catholic University in the area of creation and production of work.
His career as a visual artist has been developed both in Chile and abroad, where he stands out as a representative at the 52nd Venice Biennial in 2007. He has been invited by curators and theorists to exhibit his work actively and continuously in high-profile projects. level in more than 100 exhibitions – half of them international – in prestigious museums and galleries. Among others, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA; at the Frost Art Museum in Miami; at L’Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, in Paris; and at the Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy.
He obtained the scholarship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (New York, 2003-2004 and 2015), and between 1994 and 2017 he has benefited, on twelve occasions, with Funds for the development of Arts and Culture, Fondart, highlighting a Fondart Bicentennial for the Promotion of the Creation of Excellence in the year 2009. Attempt of Inventory counts on the support of the National Fund of the Arts of the CNCA 2016.