MELANIE SMITH, SPIRAL CITY/CIUDAD ESPIRAL
SEPTEMBER 26- DECEMBER 30, 2007
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Melanie Smith relates her experience of living in Mexico City through painting, video, photography, sculpture and installation. Her works draw from a broad range of perspectives on the city, including aerial views and visions of street life and retail sites, capturing broad patterns of settlement, economic diversity, excesses of colors, and social structures. Through a diverse range of media, including painting, video and sculpture, she explores how economic and social patterns of the city translate into artistic forms.
Born in 1965, in Poole, England, Melanie Smith has been living and working in Mexico City since 1989. Her work has been included in major exhibitions in Mexico as well as Europe and the United States. She has recently exhibited at the Tate Britain and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Spiral City was curated by Cuauhtemoc Medina, an art critic, curator and historian, who is a Researcher at the Institute for Aesthetic Research at the National University of Mexico and Associate Curator of Latin American Art Collections at Tate Gallery in London. Spiral City originated at the National University of Mexico, Mexico City, and its first US destination is The Lab at Belmar.