Patricia Domínguez

Multispecies Cry

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Year 2021
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Nominated by Salma Tuqan

About the work

Multispecies Cry examines the complex flow of water in terms of the possibilities of weeping, environmental and social crisis, healing and spirituality in the digital age. The image was born from the experience I had of taking care of animals affected by the fires in the Bolivian Amazon in October 2019. On one occasion it was my turn to take care of a toucan that was partially blinded by the flames. After that experience, I returned to Chile and jumped into the Estallido Social, where more than 407 people have suffered eye injuries as a result of police repression. The eyes of a toucan blinded by the fires in the Amazon and the lost eyes of humans by police repression bear witness to this bastard reality crossed by a thousand stories. In the video, the eyes of the toucan and the human eyes weep together, in a South American cosmic cry.

About the artist:

Born 1984 Santiago, Patricia Dominguez lives and works in Santiago. Graduated from MA in Studio Art from Hunter College, New York (2013), and Botanical Art & Illustration Certificate from New York Botanical Garden (2011).

Bringing together experimental research on ethnobotany, healing practices, and the corporatization of wellbeing, the work of Patricia Domínguez focuses on how neoliberalism perpetuates colonial practices of extraction and exploitation.

Selected solo exhibitions include Madre Drone, CentroCentro, Madrid, (2020); Cosmic Tears, Yeh Art Gallery, New York (2020); Green Irises, Gasworks, London (2019); Llanto Cósmico, Twin Gallery, Madrid (2018); Eres un Princeso, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus (2016); Los ojos serán lo último en pixelarse, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago (2016); and Focus Latinoamérica, ARCOMadrid, Madrid (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Gwangju Biennale (2021); MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Montreal (2019); The trouble is staying, Meet Factory, Prague (2019); What is going to happen is not ‘the future’, but what we are going to do, ARCOMadrid (2019); and Working for the Future Past, SEMA, Seoul (2018).

Awards include the SIMETRIA prize, CERN, Switzerland (2021).

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