Paloma

Contreras Lomas

The Marshland of Souls

18.07.2020 - 05.09.2020

Pequod Co. presents the first exhibition in its gallery space The Marshland of Souls by Paloma Contreras Lomas.

The show integrates Contreras’ recent interests, where a mine in Zacatecas becomes a theatrical stage. Subjects such as gender role and political, economical and social hierarchies of the area, combined with the implications of the self-assumed status of middle class are addressed, as are the influence they have on Paloma’s perception as woman, Mexican and artist.

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About the Exhibition:

Pequod Co. presents the first exhibition in its gallery space The Marshland of Souls by Paloma Contreras Lomas.

The show integrates Contreras’ recent interests, where a mine in Zacatecas becomes a theatrical stage. Subjects such as gender role and political, economical and social hierarchies of the area, combined with the implications of the self-assumed status of middle class are addressed, as are the influence they have on Paloma’s perception as woman, Mexican and artist.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Access is only available with an appointment. Bookings available in the "about" section. Thank you.

Paloma

Contreras Lomas

The Marshland of Souls

This exhibition shows some of the landscape’s attire. Each of them escorted by a ghost or a specter.

The observation of landscape as a political alternative.

The secret of the hills, conversations between cacti and the hidden life of stones. Through different pop figures, by means of a televisual imaginary, of the eternally foreign tripper, I pretend to articulate certain apparitions in a country with several skies, where we might not be asking the correct questions to the horizon, because the answers might be on the soil’s humidity.

With this, I do not pretend to romanticize a landscape where I was not born in, but to fictionalize the hills’ free will. In the show, different characters born from fiction are disposed, inspired in a promise’s nostalgia of an agricultural country which turned into a maquila and a field of neoliberal experimentation.

The representation of the Mexican countryside in the 20th century is still roaming as a ghost of the never fulfilled revolutionary promise. Today, more than half of the Mexican skies are licensed, as if the stones or our ancestors-plateau did not have free will. Mexico’s landscape has hidden guerrillas, drug dealers and movie heroes. At the same time, The Fog has sheltered the State from coups, tucking in the real children of the landscape, those who the Mother-State of Stone has termed as others historically.

I am interested in imagining the abyss where characters enliven from their sculptural and literary condition. Where at some point, what underlies in the landscape accomplishes that the imaginary achieves to dominate and transform imagination.

In The Marshland of Souls a saguaro appears, the same saguaro which observed Wayne’s western films, the one which is still there, watching how the subsoil is pinched, bought and stripped. The same which had fake saguaros produced, posing as a fern, posing as governor, to make us think it was them to make us think we were citizens with a point of view, when we are nothing in front of them: The Hills.

…the answer is on the soil’s humidity.”

- Paloma Contreras Lomas

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Paloma Contreras Lomas

(Mexico City, 1991)

Lives and works in Mexico City.

By using drawing, sculpture, performance, writing and multimedia installation, Paloma Contreras Lomas addresses subjects such as gender, violence, structure and political inheritance, class segregation and post-colonialism. Employing landscape as her video’s 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. By using investigation and approaching certain groups or communities, Contreras Lomas’ work contains affective bonds and, on occasions, a hint of autobiographical projection.

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; Galería Lodos, MUCA Roma, Alumnos 47, Ladrón Galería and Biquini Wax, Mexico City.  

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.