Damián Ortega


Born in 1967 in Mexico (Mexico), lives and works in Berlin (Germany) and Mexico (Mexico)


Damián Ortega displays consumer objects that he accumulates, distresses or dismantles in order to underline what he calls "the transitional zones between interior and exterior spaces". The ease of interpretation of his composite and fragmented sculptures, often suspended above the ground, allows them to become images, then signs, hovering between literal objectivity and subjective meaning. The title of the work he is presenting at the Biennale, Hollow / Stuffed: market law, was inspired by TS Eliot’s famous five-part poem, The Hollow Men (1925), which itself refers to the character of Kurz, the "hollow sham", “hollow to the core”, in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899). This sculpture, based on a plastic model of a German Type XXI U-boat, dating from the Second World War, is made from industrial food sacks filled with salt and suspended from the ceiling like a mythical boat. A small hole in the lower part of the sculpture allows the salt to escape and pile up slowly on the floor throughout the exhibition.




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