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Gabriel de la Mora in 13th Mercosul Biennial at Fundação Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul

Gabriel de la Mora in front of his work 29,644, 2022, 14,789 concave blown glass fragments and aluminum and 14,789 convex blown glass fragments and aluminum on museum cardboard and wooden frame, 70.87 x 70.87 x 3.94 inches.

Gabriel de la Mora will participate in the 13th Mercosul Biennial at the Fundação Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brasil with his new series using blown glass fragments. De la Mora´s poetics consists of exhaustive investigations into the physical and conceptual possibilities of materials. For the construction of the work 29,644, 383 blown glass spheres were used, into which 14,855 concave fragments were inserted. The result is a work that blurs the boundaries between drawing, painting and sculpture. A painting that is not a painting is created, a strange mirror that forms a visual dyslexia. The viewer is presented to a sequence of repeated images with some differences, a surface with irregular mosaics, but which maintains a monochromatic character. Repetition and difference, difference and repetition: even though the image is the same, each fragment creates a unique and irreplicable image.


13ª BIENAL DO MERCOSUL | here comes a new biennial

trauma, dreams escape. if you struggle to sleep, following a traumatic experience, you are not alone. 

Nearly all of those who survive trauma experience some form of sleep disorder, such as insomnia. But for about half of the three-quarters of people, it is vivid dreams that prevent them from sleeping deeply and which open the doors of their consciousness to a path of invention.

​Trauma has always been a major source for art and dreams are a way for it to escape.

The collective trauma of the pandemic experienced in 2020 has pushed artistic creativity into new territory. Its impact on the common imagination through the dreams, delusions and dreamlike states it has invoked, has opened up a way for us to escape the condition we have been suffering under.

For this Biennial we are investigating the work of artists that have included the narrative sequence formed by these three words - trauma,
dreams and escape – in their works.