Mexico City

“Chronicles of Absence”

Museo Tamayo

Crónicas de la ausencia (Chronicles of Absence) presents works by Rosângela Rennó and Óscar Muñoz, artists (from Brazil and Columbia, respectively) who appropriate images from newspapers, archives, photography studios, and albums. Most of the works shown (installation, photography, and video) have an open, transparent quality to them. This may be due to the fact that the artists lend a material quality to everyday relationships, gestures, attitudes, and social dynamics without worrying about historical accuracy. They are, rather, concerned with making visible the general desire to register and store particular moments. Time plays an important role—via the psychic distance between memory and its subsequent representation, but also in the sensitive materials the artists have chosen to work with. Rennó uses photographs from old archives and albums sometimes damaged by humidity or dry weather.

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