PROYECTOSMONCLOVA was established in 2005 in Mexico City as an experimental platform for emerging artists. Expanding and consolidating its program over the years the gallery has evolved into one of the most important forums for contemporary art in Mexico, emphasizing on the dialogue between local and international artists from different generations.

In 2012 the gallery moved to a newly designed location in Colonia Roma, which offers 2 exhibition spaces and a fully equipped video room for large-scale cinematographic projections thus offering their artists architectonic diversity and a platform of various formats. PROYECTOSMONCLOVA stages 6 to 10 exhibitions per year as well as a public program with talks, screenings and performances to enrich its discursive potential.

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Raúl Ortega Ayala

Raúl Ortega Ayala (1973, Mexico City) lives and works between New Zealand and Mexico City. Initially trained as a painter, Ayala’s artistic practice now follows an ethnographic immersion into foreign worlds and disciplines for extended periods of time in order to explore the tensions between art and anthropology. Oscillating between a distant observer and an active participant and critic, Ortega Ayala has in the past decade, employed ethnographic methodologies of participant observation and embodiment of knowledge to produce three series of works that explore the worlds of office work, gardening, and the food industry. Critical to his practice is a collection process in which he gathers materials and experiences to use in production of his video, installation, performance and photography. Most recently he has been working on a series that explores collective social amnesia and the detritus of history. He is currently a senior lecturer at Massey University School of Art (Wellington, New Zealand) and an active board member at both Soma and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (Mexico City).

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Babel Fat Tower, from the series Food for Thought, 2010, fat, bones, table and lights, variable dimensions
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Babel Fat Tower, from the series Food for Thought, 2010, fat, bones, table and lights, variable dimensions
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Tomatina-Tim, 2010, two screen video installation
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Tomatina-Tim, 2010, two screen video installation
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Melting Pots (a fiction based on facts), from the series Food for Thought, 2006, documented happening: video, food, archive images, kitchenware, wood table, maps, variable dimensions
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Melting Pots (a fiction based on facts), from the series Food for Thought, 2006, documented happening: video, food, archive images, kitchenware, wood table, maps, variable dimensions
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36 Dispersed Plant Images from a Found Botanical Book, from the series An Ethnography on Gardening, 2008, paper, black velvet and frames, dimensions: (ES) 207 x 291.2 x 3.5 cm
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36 Dispersed Plant Images from a Found Botanical Book, from the series An Ethnography on Gardening (detail), 2008, paper, black velvet and frames, dimensions: 207 x 291.2 x 3.5 cm
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Exegesis Florilegium I of XIII (after Emanuel Sweerts Florilegium, 1612), from the series An Ethnography on Gardening, 2005, collage and watercolour on paper, dimensions: 28 x 38 cm
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The Scent of an Imaginary Flower, from the series An Ethnography on Gardening, 2008, designed scent on embossed paper, dimensions: 5 x 9 cm
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A carpet, a suspended ceiling, a chair and 22 office light fittings manipulated to create a space, from the series Bureaucratic Sonata, 2005, carpet, suspended ceiling, chair, 22 office light fittings, dimensions: 400 x 700 x 240 cm
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A carpet, a suspended ceiling, a chair and 22 office light fittings manipulated to create a space, from the series Bureaucratic Sonata (detail), 2005, carpet, suspended ceiling, chair, 22 office light fittings, dimensions: 400 x 700 x 240 cm
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Field note 04-07-14-1 (Basin, Pripyat, Chernobyl), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2014, c-print, dimensions: 120 x 120 cm
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Field note 04-24-14-1 (World Map, Pripyat, Chernobyl), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2014, c-print, dimensions: 180 x 120 cm
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Field note 04-26-14-1 (Wallpaper, Pripyat, Chernobyl), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2014, c-print, dimensions: 180 x 120 cm
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Field note 24-03-14-1 (Pripyat, Chernobyl), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2014, c-print, dimensions: 60 x 40 cm
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Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses (After Vincent van Gogh), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2015, mixed media on wood, Framed dimensions: 122.5 x 103.5 x 9.7 cm
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View in Pickersgill Harbour, Dusky Bay, New Zealand (After William Hodges), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2015, mixed media on wood, Framed dimensions: 87.5 x 94.7 x 8.5 cm
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Four Figures at a Table (After The Le Nain Brothers), from the series From the Pit of Et Cetera, 2013, mixed media on wood, Framed dimensions: 67 x 77.2 x 8 cm