This exhibition continues the New Museum’s Screens Series, a platform for the presentation of new video works by emerging contemporary artists.
Naomi Rincón Gallardo, The Formaldehyde Trip, 2017. Photo: Fabiola Torres Alzaga
Lower Level Get Directions
Through an experimental and transdisciplinary methodology, Mexican artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo (b. 1979) creates performances, films, and video installations that interweave multiple fields of study, including Mesoamerican cosmologies, queer theory, critical pedagogy, and Latin American decolonial feminism. Understanding time as a spiral in which past, present, and future intersect and inform one another, Rincón Gallardo turns to the knowledge embedded in pre-colonial myths to find her anti-colonial poetic weapons.
In her practice, Rincón Gallardo combines speculative fiction, theater games, different styles of popular music, and D.I.Y. costumes to build what she terms “counterworlds.” With these mesmerizing visions of a “mythical-critical surrealism,” the artist offers alternatives to hegemonic ways of understanding reality. To stage these insurgent visions, Rincón Gallardo collaborates with groups of women and cuir/queer and non-binary individuals, creating opportunities to collectively escape normativity. Praising the power of pleasure and creativity over patriarchal oppression, Rincón Gallardo’s works inspire an insubordinate and nonconformist imaginary. Combining ancestral narratives, recent history, and queer futurity in deeply political ways, Rincón Gallardo creates new myths capable of motivating better forms of living together.
“Screens Series: Naomi Rincón Gallardo” presents her film The Formaldehyde Trip (2017) displayed on three monitors simultaneously. Gallardo will stage a performative screening at the New Museum on October 6 at 7:30 p.m.
“Screens Series: Naomi Rincón Gallardo” is curated by Bernardo Mosqueira, ISLAA Curatorial Fellow.
About the Artist
Naomi Rincón Gallardo (b. 1979 Raleigh, North Carolina) lives and works between Mexico City, Mexico and Vienna, Austria. Recent solo exhibitions include “Una Trilogía de Cuevas [A Trilogy of Caves],” Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca (2020); “May your thunder break the sky,” Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (2020); “Heavy Blood,” Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2019); and “Opossum Resilience,” Parallel Oaxaca, Oaxaca (2019). Her works have been shown in exhibitions and screenings including the 59th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2022); Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2022); 34th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2021); 11th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany (2020); MCA Chicago, Chicago, IL (2020); Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria (2019); Pacific Standard Time. L.A.L.A., Los Angeles, CA (2018); FEMSA Biennial, Zacatecas, Mexico (2018); The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2017); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2016); Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany (2016); and Nicaragua Biennial, Managua, Nicaragua (2016).