Carla Zaccagnini “Cuentos de Cuentas”

“Cuentos de Cuentas”

The transdisciplinary practice of Carla Zaccagnini lies between the visual arts, literature, and criticism. Zaccagnini uses the “fragment” as a concept to illustrate processes of “discontinuity” and “displacement” in Latin American cultural, social, and political context. As footnotes in a book, her installations, sculptures, performed writings and drawings deviate from unilateral visions of history, diversifying both subjects and ways of narrating.

This exhibition is her first solo presentation in the United States and started as a commissioned publication; “Cuentos de Cuentas” is a collection of short texts published bi-monthly as a serialized novel from 2020 to 2022. The artist uses personal memories and appropriated stories to investigate the economic asymmetries and the codependent relationship between the United States and Latin America. Her research reflects upon the old strategies and tactics necessary to keep and transport money when it was still an object to be kept safe, secret, and under wraps. Taking this as a starting point, she sheds light on the digital revolution that had led to a radical departure from the traditional monetary exchange model. The replacement of the banknote as a tangible object through digitalization works in tandem with the logic of late capitalism: the disappearance of the unitary subject in a moment of high inflation, political incertitude, and social insecurity.

Fictional facts, journalistic research, and personal archives nourish this project, revealing a past that has been overlooked but still fluctuates through the invisible transactions of memory.

Photo: Jorge Gonzalez. Sierra de la Ventana, 1975. Archive of the artist.

“Cuentos de Cuentas”, The Tent, first chapter
“Cuentos de Cuentas”, The Tent, first chapter
About the artist

Carla Zaccagnini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973. She currently lives between São Paulo, Brazil and Malmö, Sweden and is a visual artist, professor of Conceptual and Contextual Practices at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and guest curator of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo. Group shows in which she has participated include SPRÅK, Havremagasinet, Länskonsthall (2020), Shout Fire, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg (2018), A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA, Los Angeles (2017), Carla Zaccagnini and Runo Lagomarsino, Konsthall, Malmö (2015), Un saber realmente útil, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014), Under the Same Sun, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014).

She has participated in the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012) and the 28th Bienal de São Paulo (2008). Her recent solo shows include Mañana iba a ser ayer, MUNTREF, Buenos Aires (2019), You say you are one, I hear we are many, Obra, Malmö (2019), Historias feministas: Carla Zaccagnini, MASP, São Paulo (2015) and Elements of Beauty, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven / FirstSite, Colchester (2015).