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Claudia Fontes

Galería Nora Fisch, Buenos Aires (F10)

Claudia Fontes, Untitled, from the series “Foreigners”, 2016. Courtesy: Galería Nora Fisch, Buenos Aires

Claudia Fontes, Untitled, from the series “Foreigners”, 2016. Courtesy: Galería Nora Fisch, Buenos Aires

Claudia Fontes (born 1964) lives in Brighton.

Claudia Fontes engages with social and historical themes in a layered manner, which often includes a narrative aspect. Entering a dialogue with matter, she draws images, stories and concepts having considered the agency of rocks, animals, plants and fellow humans sharing her habitat. The process culminates in sculptures, drawings and moving images.

Foreigners, a series of sculptures made of English porcelain, responds to the landscape surrounding the artist’s home. Being herself a foreigner in England, Fontes questions the derogative meaning given to the word in a nationalistic context. She uses it to name hybrid, interspecies beings, which expand the definition of “foreigner”: minerals, animals, plants. The small scale of the Foreigners lure viewers into their world, where the interconnectedness and interdependence of natural beings and elements is underscored.

Claudia Fontes is an influential artist in Argentina, where she has created iconic public artworks. In 2017 she represented Argentina at the 57th Venice Biennial. She was one of seven artists and curators chosen for the São Paulo Biennial in 2018. Her woks are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), among other relevant public and private collections.