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“Yo vivo aquí/Аз живея тук”
26.06 - 17.07.2022 / opening night 26.06 - 18:00

As part of the ARV.I artist residency program, Montserrat Camargo concludes her artist-in-residence with the solo exhibition, titled Yo vivo aquí/Аз живея тук, at Gallery Heerz Tooya.

With a new series of artworks, as a temporary resident in the village Vishovgrad, Montserrat Camargo bridge her Mexican identity with her Bulgarian surroundings. Continuing her artistic exploration of subjective perceptivity and the construction of narratives, Camargo exhibits fractions from meetings with locals in the village up against pigmented backgrounds of walnut and avocado. The exhibition contains multilayered situations spatially unfolding metaphysical remnants of hours of conversations and field recordings.

"Here life is difficult so I make jam"

Potentially pondering into a dead end, one may still wonder who the subjective I presented in the exhibition is.

"I have 3 goats"

Redoubled by the title Yo vivo aquí/Аз живея тук, the exhibition provides various winks, manifesting itself as self-reflective conundrums bound to the unconditional impossibilities of the identified and the identifier. Tracing the artist as an ethnographer, Camargo absorbs her gathered material to such an extent that rationality is less apparent and more intuitive. With the time spent weaving quotes into wool pieces, Camargo has extended the act itself as appropriation internally. If you repeat a word long enough, it becomes abstract. The same might happen to your signified self.
- Lars Nordby

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Montserrat Camargo (b. 1998, Mexico) lives and works in Groningen in the Netherlands. Camargo holds a BFA at Academia Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands (2021). Her solo and group exhibitions include Jugando A La Casita at RAAHM in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (2021); Green Lights at Herestraat 72 in Groningen, the Netherlands (2021); 60ish Third Year Expo at Praediniussingel 59 in Groningen, the Netherlands (2020); and Artwords at NP3 in Groningen, the Netherlands (2018). www.montserratcamargo.com

The exhibition is supported by the Municipality of Veliko Turnovo, the Bulgarian National Fund for Culture, and Tequila Bar Fnky Mnky.