Tania Pérez Córdova: Smoke, Nearby
Exhibition, MCA, Chicago, US.
Mexico City-based artist Tania Pérez Córdova explores the idea of forms becoming memories, objects growing into experiences, and sculptures turning into events. Pérez Córdova's work confronts audiences with partial narratives: what the artist has chosen to show within the formal frame of her work is intended to make you think of what is outside of it. By embedding a stranger's SIM card in a porcelain block or an active debit card in a wood-fired clay platter, her sculptures contain traces that connect them to an active life elsewhere. As the exhibition title suggests, if there is smoke nearby, then something is burning - even if you cannot see the fire.