Paloma

Contreras

Mexico City, 1991

By employing drawing, sculpture, performance, writing and multimedia installation, Paloma Contreras Lomas addresses subjects such as gender, violence, political inheritance and structure, class segregation and post-colonialism. By using landscape as her videos' witness and through the creation of costumes and characters with anthropological character, Contreras achieves rural portraits through the Mexican thriller and explores the exotisation of the indigenous class, colonial guilt and the constructed middle class identity. Through investigation and by approaching certain groups or communities, Contreras Lomas’ work contains affective bonds and, on occasions, a hint of autobiographical projection.

Bio

By employing drawing, sculpture, performance, writing and multimedia installation, Paloma Contreras Lomas addresses subjects such as gender, violence, political inheritance and structure, class segregation and post-colonialism. By using landscape as her videos' witness and through the creation of costumes and characters with anthropological character, Contreras achieves rural portraits through the Mexican thriller and explores the exotisation of the indigenous class, colonial guilt and the constructed middle class identity. Through investigation and by approaching certain groups or communities, Contreras Lomas’ work contains affective bonds and, on occasions, a hint of autobiographical projection.

Lives and works in Mexico City.

Paloma Contreras Lomas has a bachelor’s degree in visual arts at La Esmeralda and was part of Programa Educativo SOMA, both in Mexico City. As part of her studies, she did an exchange program with INBA in L’école de recherche graphique in Brussels and a diploma program in Central Saint Martins, London. She obtained the CIFO Cisneros Fontanals grant (with acquisition prize) for emerging artists and the Jóvenes Creadores del FONCA grant.

Her work has been shown at Palais de Tokio, Paris; Lille 3000 Eldorado, Lille; Museo Tamayo, Galería Lodos, MUCA Roma, Alumnos 47, Ladrón Galería and Biquini Wax, Mexico City. In recent years it has been included in public and private collections such as CIFO, Colección Fundación M, KADIST and Phillips/Yuyito.

She has participated in residencies Lille 3000 Eldorado in Lille and AKI AORA in Quintana Roo.

She is part of the collective Biquini Wax EPS.

Selection of Works

La fiebre del oro (Still)
HD Video
2016
El Más Allá Mexicano
Digital photography
Variable Dimensions
2020
Sombrero de Hidroeléctrica
Plush hat, velvet, stuffed fabric, different textiles
39.4 x 43.3 inches
2020
La Cueva
Plush, foam, satin and wire
9.8 x 47.2 x 47.2 inches
2020
Bugs Bunny detrás de un arbusto mesófilo
Charcoal on paper
39.4 x 27.6 inches
2020
El monte
Hat lined with velvet, wool, plush and plastic
9.8 x 47.2 x 47.2 inches
2019
La vida secreta de los perros (Still)
HD Video
6"5'
2018
Pistola Nerf de peluche
Stuffed gun
Variable Dimensions
2019
Los Marcados
Foamy Sculptures covered with Resin on Lightbox
Variable Dimensions
2020
6
“¿Estamos, Kimosabe?”
Bugs Bunny’s Stuffed Body behind a Fabric Mesophyll Shrub, Wire and Foam Hat covered in Fabric
5 x 8 x 4.5 feet
2020
5
Sa La Na, A Yuum, iasis _ Laissez Faire – Laissez Passer by Biquini Wax EPS
Mixed Media
Variable Dimensions
2019
31

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