Since 1989 she has lived and worked in Mexico City, an experience that has enormously influenced her works ever since. Her work has been characterized by a certain re-reading of the formal and aesthetic categories of avant-gardes and post-avant-garde movements, problematized at the sites and within the horizons of heterotopias. Her production is intimately related to a certain expanded vision of the notion of modernity, maintaining a relationship both with what this means in Latin America, particularly in Mexico, and with the implication this has for her formal explorations as a critical moment in the aesthetic-political structure of modernity and late modernity.
Her earlier pieces considered Mexico City itself, recording its multitudes, its violence, its banality, and its clandestine nature and at the same time its inherent decomposition. The most outstanding piece from this cycle is the video Spiral city (2002). In another of her works, she broadens the notions of place and non-place by documenting the small town of Parres on the outskirts of the city. She produced a trilogy of 35mm films and a series of paintings and installations that rework the modernist idea of the monochromatic.
Melanie Smith was born in 1965 in Poole, United Kingdom, and later moved to Mexico City, Mexico. She participated in the 54th Venice Biennale, in Italy (2011); the 8th Mercosul Biennial, in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011); and the 8th Havana Biennial, in Cuba (2003). Her works are represented in museum and private collections throughout the world, including Arnold and Mabel Backman Foundation, California, USA; CIFO, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA; Collección Coppel, Culiacán, Mexico; Daros Latinamérica, Zurich, Switzerland; Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg , Austria; EVN Collection, Maria Enzersdorf, Austria; Fundación BBVA Bancomer, Mexico City, Mexico; Fundación Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico; Fundación Televisa, Mexico City, Mexico; Fundación Vergel, Cuernavaca, Mexico; Grupo de los Dieciséis, Ciudad de México, Mexico; Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Institut Valencià d’Art Moderne, Valencia, Spain; Lucille & Ronald Neeley Foundation, San Diego, USA; MALI, Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru; MAS, Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander y Cantabria, Spain; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, USA; MOMA, New York, USA; MUAC, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Castilla y León, Spain; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Tate Modern, London, UK; The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Scottsade, USA; Villa Merkel, Stuttgart, Germany; Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK, among others.
roesler hotel #27 | purity is a myth/a pureza é um mitomichael asbury 10.6 - 29.7.2017Purity is a Myth: the monochrome in contemporary art Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo is pleased to present Purity is a Myth: the monochrome...
metrópolealberto baraya, alice miceli, cao guimarães, hélio oiticica, isaac julien, lucia koch, marco maggi, marcos chaves, melanie smith, milton machado, paul ramírez jonas, paulo bruscky, raul mourão, vik muniz e virginia de medeiros 4.2 - 9.3.2017Starting its 2017 exhibition calendar, concurrently with a solo show by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea, Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo presents Metrópole, a group...
galeria nara roesler nova york - exposição inauguraltomie ohtake, antonio dias, alexandre arrechea, abraham palatnik, hélio oiticica, marco maggi, isaac julien, karin lambrecht, 26.2 - 19.3.2016Galeria Nara Roesler Announces the opening of a New York Viewing Space New York, NY [February 29, 2016] Galeria Nara Roesler is pleased to announce...
o corpo e a obra de artemarcos chaves, karin lambrecht, brígida baltar, alice miceli, paulo bruscky, raul mourão, bruno dunley, melanie smith, vik muniz, rodolpho parigi, antonio dias, berna reale, virginia de medeiros, rené francisco, xavier veilhan, carlito carvalhosa 20.2 - 26.3.2016Appropriations and interpretations of human and natural forms provide unifying thread in group show The Body and the Work of Art, set to open on...
fordlandiamelanie smith 18.11.2014 - 31.1.2015The British-born, Mexico City-based artist Melanie Smith showcases the development of her chromatic research work as she addresses the nature-civilization clash. The Fordlandia exhibition, set to run from November 18 to February 1, features a video and several paintings from her more current output.
fordlandiamelanie smith 19.12.2014The British-born, Mexico City-based artist Melanie Smith showcases the development of her chromatic research work as she addresses the nature-civilization clash. The Fordlandia exhibition, set to run from November 18 to February 1, features a video and several paintings from her more current output. Fordlandia, the video, takes its name from the 14,000-plus square meter area which Henry Ford (1863-1947), the United States automotive industrialist, purchased in the 1920s in Brazil’s Pará state, along the banks of the Tapajós River. Now a part of the Aveiro municipality, the area was...