For its first participation in ARCO, the gallery will present (booth 7A12) the works of Cuban artist Misleidys Castillo Pedroso and Brazilian artist Marilena Pelosi, two Latin American artists whose history is rooted in alterity, and whose productions have long been kept secret.
By addressing the question of the representation of the body, they go beyond stereotypes and overturn the established social and symbolic order. This reconquest is operated in them by mutation, transfiguration: for Misleidys Castillo Pedroso, the body is magnified, omnipotent, hieratic and without consideration of gender; for Marilena Pelosi, it is ritualized, jubilatory and, paradoxically, expiatory. These two artists have in common to propose a frontal reading of the body, not lived any more like a generator of emotions, but rather like an intercessor with the world.
At a very young age, Marilena Pelosi began to make drawings in which exuberant Catholicism and feverish Macumba, from her native Brazil, swirled to the point of delirium. The reminiscence of trance, eucharistic processions and carnivals are inextricably combined with much more intimate evocations. Established in France for several decades, she continues these same disturbing drawings, made with ballpoint pens, in which doll-women are both executioners and victims. Entering the BIC collection (France) in 2019, she is represented in major collections, including those of Hannah Rieger (Austria), Amr Shaker (Switzerland), and Dino Menozzi (Italy).
Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso
This Cuban artist has no other means of expression than that of her creation. The walls of her home, where she lives with her mother, are covered with drawings of bodybuilders, brown tape scattered along the outlines. A true community of men, women, hermaphrodites and wildlife, Misleidys has built her sociality through her work. Discovered by the gallery in 2014, she has been featured in more than 10 international exhibitions since 2018, including New Images of Man in Los Angeles, Flying High in Vienna, and Independent in New York. Acclaimed by Matthew Higgs and Karen Wong (New Museum, NYC), the artist has been the subject of recent reviews in the New York Times and Art in America.
A significant number of his works was donated to the Centre Pompidou collection in 2021.