This exhibition continues the New Museum’s Screens Series, a platform for the presentation of new video works by emerging contemporary artists.
Patricia Domínguez, Eyes of Plants, 2019 (still). Video, color, sound; 24:00 min. Courtesy the artist and Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago. Video commissioned by Gasworks, London, United Kingdom
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The artist, educator, and experimental ethnobotanist Patricia Domínguez (b. 1984, Santiago, Chile) creates otherworldly video works and sculptural environments that draw from an expansive inventory of visual symbols, ranging from plant life and healing rituals to cheap mass market goods, internet downloads, and corporate wellness schemes. Staged in natural and shrine-like settings, often illuminated by the fluorescent glow of LED lights, Domínguez’s time-based pieces reflect the artist’s research on the long mark of colonization in Chile and her own family history, as entangled across ecological, spiritual, and therapeutic realms. Positioned in a hyper-commercialized, over-extracted world, Domínguez’s videos nonetheless propose a poetic vision of contemporary life as deeply connected to the earth. “I turn on my made-in-China LED therapy mask and set it to a green light frequency,” she writes in an illustrated essay that accompanies the video Eyes of Plants (2019). “I was told that I should irradiate myself in green if I want to see what a plant sees.”
“Screens Series: Patricia Domínguez” is curated by Madeline Weisburg, Curatorial Assistant.
View the works featured in “Screens Series: Patricia Domínguez” on New Museum Now throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Eyes of Plants, 2019
Madre Drone, 2019–2020
La balada de las sirenas secas (The Ballad of the Dry Mermaids),
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About the Artist
Patricia Domínguez (b. 1984, Santiago, Chile) lives and work in Puchuncaví, Chile. Recent solo exhibitions include “Green Irises,” WAMx Museum, Finland (2021); “Madre Drone,” CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain (2020); “Cosmic Tears,” Yeh Art Gallery, New York (2020); and “Green Irises,” Gasworks, London, United Kingdom (2019). Her works have been shown in exhibitions including “Rooted beings,” Wellcome Collection, London, United Kingdom (2022); “A Vegetal Encounter,” La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (2021), ”Minds Rising Spirits Tuning,” Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2021); Transmediale, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany (2021); “How to tread lightly,” Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain (2020); MOMENTA Biennal de l’image, Montreal, Canada (2019); “The trouble is staying,” Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic (2019); “El futuro no es lo que va a pasar, sino lo que vamos a hacer,” ARCO, Madrid, Spain (2018); and “Working for the Future Past,” Seoul Museum of Arts, Seoul, South Korea (2018), among others. She is currently director of the experimental ethnobotanical platform Studio Vegetalista.