Mariana Castillo Deball

Portret Mariana Castillo Deball
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Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975, Mexico-stad, MX) lives and works between Berlin and Mexico City. In her art practice, she weaves diverse disciplines and influences into installations and sculptures that explore and interrogate the role of the object. With found elements and natural materials such as wood and clay, she creates fresh layers of meaning. She is guided by ethnographic research, archive material and the exchange of knowledge with makers who often remain invisible to the public at large. By gathering together a wide range of sources, she brings lost or suppressed knowledge to the surface, unveils new connections, and imagines alternative scenarios.

Mariana Castillo Deball’s work was recently on display at the Venice Biennale (2022), the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), and she has staged solo exhibitions at Pivo, São Paulo (2023) MUAC, Mexico City (2022), Kunstinstituut Melly (2019, Rotterdam) and the New Museum in New York (2019), among other venues.

Firesong for the bees, a tree of clay

Mariana Castillo Deball has created an architectural, sculptural installation entitled Firesong for the bees, a tree of clay. It combines a colony of bees with the history of beehives.

Firesong for the bees a tree of clay Mariana Castillo Deball Bruges Triennial 2024 Filip Dujardin 15