Born in Mexico City, 1936
Interdisciplinary artist, lives and works between Mexico City and New York
Her work is ground on conceptual contemporary art.
Extract from Karen Cordero on Teresa Serrano
“Teresa Serrano’s work as a visual artist is founded on an integral political conviction, that has a strong intuitive and autobiographical relationship to her experience as a woman, but at the same time articulates and links the content of her work with subjects and images that are framed both by the international social context and that of Mexico. The artistic strategies with which she has approached these aspects have varied and evolved in the course of her fruitful production in a range of media, while maintaining the reference to the body, either alluded to or represented, as a conceptual axis of her work. Language also emerges as a persistent point of reference, incorporated in the visual act, as gesture, through the language of media, and through verbal language, all materialized in objects and images.
However, it is in Serrano’s video and film pieces created in this since 1997 that she has achieved most convincingly and with notable originality, the involvement of the viewer in a critique of violence—both that which we carry within and that which surrounds us—by means of affective strategies that open and make vulnerable, rather than closing and curing, wounds that persist in our society, in spite of the changes in the panorama of gender inequality that have resulted from the feminist and other civil rights movements since the 1960’s.”
A selection of her exhibitions include: The Whitney Museum at Champion, New York (1998); Laboratorio/Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2002); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid ( 2005 ); 61st Festivale Internacionale del Film, Locarno, Italy (2008); Beijing 798 Biennial, China (2009); Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2009); Daros Latinamerica, Zurich, Switzerland (2009); Kunstahale KadE Amersdorf, The Netherlands (2010); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2010); SAPS Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2010); CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Canarias (2012); Oi Futuro Flamengo, Brasil ( 2013); ARTIUM, Vitoria Gasteiz (2014); Daros-Latinamerica Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2014); Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico ( 2015); The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA (2015); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Ca (2017).
Her work is included, among others, in the following collections: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Daros Latinamerica Collection; Cemex México; CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Canarias; Museo ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz; MEIAC Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz; Museo Amparo, Puebla; MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey.