Mercedes Azpilicueta (born in La Plata, Argentina in 1981) is a visual and performance artist living and working in Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. Her artistic practice brings together various characters from the past and the present, who manifest as voices, shapes, texts, traces and memories into her multi-layered works. Calling herself a “dishonest researcher”, Azpilicueta navigates through multiple references and fields of knowledge, from art history to popular music, from literature to street culture, falling in love with dissident figures and trajectories —feminist, queer, migrant, exiled individuals— who haunt her scripts, performances and videos. Yet, her work never indulges into cold reverence or archival fascination. By engaging the body with all its flaws and potentials —her own body, that of her muses and collaborators, that of the spectators, but also fantasized ones— Azpilicueta embraces its fragility as well as its capacity for resistance and care.

Most specifically known for her performance and language-based works, Mercedes Azpilicueta’s practice has evolved in the recent years into exploring the theatrical possibilities of sculpture and installation. However, the objects that she produces should not be taken for granted, as they always bear the potential of being activated in various ways. They could be translated as scores, set designs, props, mnemonic devices or records — disguised as sculptures. They often take different functions according to their context of apparition and travel merrily from a work to another. The fabrication of these objects often involves “poor”, craft-based or handmade techniques that are often associated with the domestic work of women and with subaltern knowledge, such as sewing, embroidering or dying. The materials are either recycled or natural (latex, leather, wool, silk, wax) and add another layer of stories to the objects, that of the circulation of resources and knowledge often acquired through the violent exploitation of humans and nature.

Selected works

Lady’s Dreams or Stop right there gentlemen!

2019
Jacquard Textile (wool and cotton)
157 × 600 cm ( 61 1316 × 236 732 inches )

The Captive: Here’s a Heart for Every Fate

2019
Jacquard Textile (wool and cotton)
157 × 300 cm ( 61 1316 × 118 18 inches )

The faux-cul

2019
Costume-sculpture (cotton, cord, jersey, elastic, side squeeze buckle, sock, wood beams)
106 × 212 × 150 cm ( 41 2332 × 83 1532 × 59 116 inches )

Bestiaire of tonguelets, Act I, scene 1, 2, 3 and 4

2019
Natural linen, two-tone natural silk, thread
296 × 140 cm ( 116 1732 × 55 18 inches )

Soft Armour III (Micheline)

2018
Wool cloth dyed with natural dyes, handmade natural latex, thread
190 × 100 × 80 cm ( 74 1316 × 39 38 × 31 12 inches )

Soft Armour IV (Baroque Ghost)

2018
Natural handmade latex, linen dyed with natural dyes, cotton cloth, thread
165 × 40 × 40 cm ( 64 3132 × 15 34 × 15 34 inches )

Soft Armour VII (Quasimodo)

2018
Recycled leather, "hombreras", wood sticks, copper
150 × 100 × 105 cm ( 59 116 × 39 38 × 41 1132 inches )

La Femme-Maison

2019
Single channel video, sound

Marginalia VIII

2018/2020
Ink on paper
42 × 29.7 cm ( 16 1732 × 11 1116 inches )

Marginalia V

2018/2020
Ink on paper
42 × 29.7 cm ( 16 1732 × 11 1116 inches )

Cuerpos Pájaros (Body-Bodies)

2018
Synchronized three-channel video projection

Hommage al reverso de Natività di San Giovanni Battista, Pontormo, 1526 (I)

2019
Wool felt, red oxide and caput mortuum natural dyes, hand-made dyed eco-latex, metal chains
Dimensions variable

Artemisia Gentileschi. Giuditta che decapita Oloferne, 1620 -1621 circa, Firenze Gallerie degli Uffizi

2018
Giclée print on cotton paper
36.5 × 49 × 3 cm ( 14 38 × 19 932 × 1 316 inches )

Starfish & Amoeba

2020
Cotton, oak gall nuts, citric acid, ferrous sulphate, cord, thread
337 × 153 cm ( 132 1116 × 60 14 inches )

Bacterial-dress

2020
Costume-sculpture [double brushed cotton, madder-root dyeing, onion skins, oak gall nuts, ferrous sulphate, cord, natural felt]
240 × 80 cm ( 94 12 × 31 12 inches )

Yegua-yeta-yuta

2018
Natural two-tone silk, stitched linen + Audio
380 × 150 cm ( 149 58 × 59 116 inches )

Volver a casa expandiendo la voz (Back home expanding the voice)

2018
Canvas and gauze made of cotton, linen, fiber, silk, calico, jersey, ribbon and thread
380 × 150 cm ( 149 58 × 59 116 inches )

Installation

Cuerpos Pájaros

2018
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires

11th Biennial d’Art Leandre Cristòfol

2019
Centre d'Art la Panera
Lleida

Bestiario de Lengüitas

2019
CentroCentro
Madrid

Post-Opera

2019
TENT
Rotterdam

Telling Untold Stories – Positions #5

2019
Van Abbemuseum
Eindhoven

Performance/Documentation/Presentation

2020
LundsKonsthall
Lund

Bestiario de Lengüitas

2020
MUSEION – Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bolzano
Bolzano

Exhibitions

The Old Dream of Symmetry

Madrid
Feb 14 - Mar 23, 2019
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On affection

Barcelona
Jun 08 - Jul 14, 2017
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