Manto Arte Temporanea | Temporary Art Manto
short exhibitions in found spaces
Il Cubo | Via XX Settembre 31 | Mantova
Saturday February 6 2016
only between 4:30 and 6:30 PM
"By resorting often to symbols, forms and materials from its territories, Nelida Mendoza's art references South American culture. It's a constant that serves her as a vehicle to represent values and ideologies. It responds especially to her need to claim her origins and particularly to display her agreement with a conception of the world, by which nature and its elements still resist the Western free-trade economy and market idea." Emilia Valenza
Nelida shows a series of borradores": sketches from her latest project, colgando paisajes". These are a series of three-dimensional elements made in fabric and mostly made with cotton cloths that are typical of Paraguay, some with Aho Poi" which in the ˆguaranì" language means refined fabric, others with the cotton of Pilar. In this series, while keeping true to her rapport with a memory of landscape, she is not only looking at it but she captures it and takes it away and hangs it. These objects are fragments of wilderness, they are malleable, they are flexible while also maintaining their original forms.
Nelida Mendoza was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, in 1956. She then moved with her family to Buenos Aires where she studied drawing and sculpture at the Prilidiano Puerredon" Fine Arts Academy. In 1986 she moved to Italy and settled in Carrara, where she engaged in specific research in marble and bronze and where her art absorbed European esthetics without, though, ever losing sight of the Latin American identity. Her works are in various international collections.
She has represented Paraguay at the IILA (Italian/Latin American Institute) as part of the Venice Biennale in 1991, 1993, 1995.
She has also been a participant in varied sculpture symposia in Italy, Israel, Taiwan.