Mercedes Azpilicueta is a visual and performance artist from Buenos Aires living and working in Amsterdam. Her artistic practice gathers various characters from the past and the present who address the vulnerable or collective body from a decolonial feminist perspective. In fluid, associative connections she counters rigid narratives of history in an attempt to dismantle them and make room for the affective and dissident voices to emerge. As such, her work manifests in performative and sculptural installations being inspired by speculative and fictional Latino literature, Neo-Baroque art history, contemporary popular culture and new materialism theory. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary practices, she combines “precarious”, craft-based techniques –historically associated with domestic obsolete knowledge– with industrialized productions.
She was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam in 2015-16, and received the Pernod Ricard Fellowship in 2017. Solo exhibitions include Gasworks, London (2021), CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (2021); Museion, Bolzano/Bozen (2020); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2019); CentroCentro, Madrid (2019); and MAMBA, Buenos Aires (2018). Her work has been featured at Villa Vassilieff, Paris; REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles; MACBA, Barcelona (all 2018); CA2M, Móstoles (2017); Onomatopee, Eindhoven (2016); TENT, Rotterdam (2015); and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014). Azpilicueta is nominated for the Prix de Rome 2021.
Archives Van Abbemuseum,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Photo: Marcel de Buck