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Artist talk by Héctor Zamora

On the occasion of the group show The Sowers, the Foundation invites the Mexican artist Héctor Zamora for an online conversation led by Sofia Lanusse. The artist will talk about his performative and plastic practice and the video work presented in the Foundation’s exhibition.


The film Movimientos emisores de existencia (2019) is a performance that diverts cultural customs from several countries by placing hundreds of clay pots on the ground, which are deformed by the action of women walking. The work is part of the artist’s practice of using mainly everyday objects and modest materials that he decontextualizes to question their original function and plasticity.


Born in 1974 in Mexico, Héctor Zamora lived for several years in São Paulo before settling in Lisbon. Modelling the ephemeral through the medium of installation, performance and video, his practice is regularly inscribed in specific sites and questions the exhibition space by creating works that involve the active participation of visitors. In recent years, Héctor Zamora has worked mainly in public spaces, with the aim of integrating his works into the urban environment that surrounds them. The Strangler project, currently on display at Trienniale Brugge 2021 in the garden of the Gezellehuis, illustrates the tension between the natural space and its apprehension by the public through an industrial scaffold installed around a large Austrian pine tree.
Héctor Zamora’s work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions and commissions, including the Havana Biennial, the Venice and Liverpool Biennials and the Met Museum in New York. Among his notable solo exhibitions are Movimientos Emisores de Existencia, Labor Gallery (2019), Ordre et Progrès, Palais de Tokyo – SAM Art projects (2016), La réalité et autres tromperies, FRAC des Pays de la Loire (2015). He is represented by the galleries Albarrán Bourdais, Madrid, Labor, Mexico City and Luciana Brito, São Paulo and will be present at the 13th Mercosul Biennial (Brazil) in 2022.

Sofia Lanusse is a curator, she has been working since 2008 on institutional cultural projects such as arteBA, Móvil, Isla Flotante in Argentina. From 2015 to 2018, she was the artistic director of ARTBO, and was in charge of the arts program of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotà, Colombia. Now in Paris, she works to promote contemporary art from Latin America in Europe.