Mercedes Azpilicueta at Gasworks

Gasworks contemporary art gallery and studios

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28 January - 28 March 2021


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This new exhibition of subversive and contested figures is an unveiling of unheard voices from the past.

Following on from Gasworks previous South American artist Pedro Navarres, the team have Mercedes Azpilicueta arriving as the artist in residence with an exhibition that will explore the culture of the maligned. Focusing on queer, feminist and exiled people, she has spent her life uncovering these stories via literature, art, history, street culture and popular music.

This new exhibition will traverse the life and vision of Catalina de Erauso, a 17th-century nun from the Basque Country who travelled to the New World, living under male identities and becoming a ruthless lieutenant in the Spanish colonial army.

Gasworks will host a series of events throughout the residency, including community workshops, rehearsals and conversations with dancers, writers, researchers and craftspeople. The team always look for ways to encourage the local community to visit, and this will start with a preview evening on January 27th.

Mercedes Azpilicueta was born in La Plata, Argentina, and has exhibited close to home at MAMBA Buenos Aires, as well as globally at places including Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, CentroCentro Madrid and REDCAT Gallery Los Angeles.