Goldankauf – Das Kollektiv – A. Baltazares & H. Hernández

Custom ParadiseCustom Paradise

25.10.2016   - 30.10.2016

Alejandra Baltazares and Helena Hernández are Mexican artists working and living in Berlin. Together, they’ve developed the collective art project “Goldankauf – Das Kollektiv.” Their joint work is based on dialogues, texts and ideas developed as a conversation.

Alejandra Baltazares graduated from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda. Her work has been shown worldwide, she participated in two residencies (Bolivia – Kiosko Gallery and Cape Town – Greatmore Art Studio) and took part in New York’s Video Dumbo Festival and LOOP Barcelona. The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) recently awarded her with the “Frida Kahlo” grant for Mexican women artists. Alejandra’s works focuses on everyday practices for the creation of beauty, through a narrative focusing on its raw materials, “obeying that which is dictated by its own aesthetic.” As she puts in, she is expressing a female perspective; her work is not an apology for woman’s role as an aesthetic agent, nor is it a critique of society’s demands, just an expression of a female perspective that she shares through different media such as photography, performance, video and graphic work.

Helena Hernández is a visual artist living and working between Switzerland, Germany and Mexico. After studying Visual Art at the ENAP, UNAM Mexico, she pursued a Masters in Art in Public Spheres at the Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland. She chose the medium of drawing to depict daily experiences, a spontaneous process that she uses as a method of research. She won several prizes, such as the grant FONCA for Mexican Students, and has collaborated often with other artists. Her work has been displayed in collective exhibitions, the most recent being in Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Singapore, UK, and Mexico and in solo shows in Mexico, Germany and the UK.

In their artwork Free access. No credit card needed commissioned especially for the exhibition Custom Paradise at SomoS, the two artists offered a playful stage set up for visitors to create their own custom paradise. Based on a selection of images found from an amateur analog porn collection, the visitor is invited to embody specific fantasies in their own particular way. An encouraging and instructive manual guides visitors in interacting with the installation. Each of the pictures reconstructs a specific situation in a manner of sexual parody of “Erwin Wurm’s one minute sculptures.” Documentation will be captured by the participants through their smartphones and shared via hashtag as a transformation of the analog materials beyond digital: social media.

Helena Hernández homepage