<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>fordlandia i</em>, 2013 / 2014</div><div class="medium">acrylic enamel on acrylic </div><div class="dimensions">160 x 140 cm</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>fordlandia v</em>, 2013 / 2014</div><div class="medium">acrylic enamel on acrylic </div><div class="dimensions">160 x 140 cm<br/>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith </strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>bulto 10</em>, 2012</div><div class="medium">oil and acrylic enamel on canvas</div><div class="dimensions">70 x 90 cm</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>bulto 9</em>, 2012</div><div class="medium">oil and enamel on mdf</div><div class="dimensions">37 x 52 cm</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>elevador</em>, 2012</div><div class="medium">video hd converted to sd, color, sound</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith </strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>53 thoughts about unsubstantial themes</em>, 2011</div><div class="medium">found objects and paintings</div><div class="dimensions">110 x 250 x 130</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith </strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>bulto</em>, 2011</div><div class="medium">hd video</div><div class="dimensions">40’30” </div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>estadio azteca 2010. proeza maleable</em>, 2010</div><div class="medium">dvd sd</div><div class="dimensions">10’40’’</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>fleur de lys</em>, 2010</div><div class="medium">digital print on cotton paper</div><div class="dimensions">111 x 155 cm</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>monkeys iii </em>, 2010</div><div class="medium">oil on canvas</div><div class="dimensions">75 x 60 cm</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>xilitla: dismantled i</em>, 2010</div><div class="medium">video transferred from 35mm</div><div class="dimensions">24’40”</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>parres 13</em>, 2006 / 2007</div><div class="medium">acrylic enamel on plexiglass</div><div class="dimensions">115 x 175 cm </div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith </strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>casa de parres</em>, 2011</div><div class="medium">oil and acrylic enamel on mdf</div><div class="dimensions">70 x 55 cm</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>parres cero</em>, 2006</div><div class="medium">video transferred from 35mm </div><div class="dimensions">60’50” </div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith</strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>installation for parres cero</em></div><div class="medium">wood and concrete / painting 150 x 180 cm</div><div class="dimensions">variable dimensions</div>
<div class="artist"><strong>melanie smith </strong></div><div class="title_and_year"><em>tianguis aerial 6</em>, 2003</div><div class="medium">c–print</div><div class="dimensions">127 x 153 cm</div>
melanie smith
fordlandia i, 2013 / 2014
acrylic enamel on acrylic
160 x 140 cm

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.