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Miguel Angel Ríos

Miguel Angel Ríos, The Ghost of Modernity [Lixiviados] [Ed. of 6 + 2 AP], 2012, Video with sound, one channel wall projection, 5:03 minutes, Installation View.

MOMENTA 2019 | The Life of Things

September 5—October 13, 2019

Curator: María Wills Londoño, in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson

Under the theme of the life of things, the 16th edition of MOMENTA gathers 39 artists around sociocultural, political, and economic concerns related to the current issues in image-based practices.


In an economic, social, and cultural context in which material production is ubiquitous, it can become haunting, excessive, enchanting, inebriating—such that, from one moment to the next, objects may become obsolete and lose their symbolic potential. Such frenetic production redefines the limits of objects, turning them into mere “things,” even to the extent of impacting their ontology.

Given the issues of consumption that characterize the contemporary world, these thingified objects are given dizzying visibility even as, ironically, they are rendered invisible by boundless accumulation.

In its 2019 edition, MOMENTA examines this paradox through works whose poetry and critical input shake up the horizons and compose new perspectives regarding our relationships with objects. The biennale brings out universes that are constructed between individuals and their environment, highlighting transferences that take place between subject and object.

By exploring the character—even the personality—of the object conveyed through images, MOMENTA proposes a piercing look at the life of things.


Miguel Angel Ríos is exhibiting videos Piedras Blancas and The Ghost of Modernity [Llixiviados] at OPTICA