Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons

Bio

The work of Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons (Matanzas, Cuba, 1959) is defined mainly by the investigation of her identity and in particular of her Afro Cuban heritage. The theme of memory plays a vital role in her installations, photographs or drawings, reflecting the feeling of disorientation that the artist experiences as a Cuban expatriate. Campos-Pons constantly tests the boundaries of artistic practice, never allowing herself to be defined by a single medium. The experience of exile motivates the artist’s production through the themes of belonging, assimilation and transculturation. Another great recurring theme within the artist’s research is that of feminism, favored by a strong interest in gender roles. His participation in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 with the multimedia project “53+1=54+1=55” is fundamental. Letter of The Year” curated together with Neil Leonard.
Campos-Pons’ work is included in several public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Art Institute in Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the MOMA in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Miami Art Museum, the Fogg Art Museum in Boston and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, which boasts the recent acquisition of the installation “Bar Matanzas Sound Map” presented by the artist at the last edition of documenta in Athens and Kassel.

Works

 María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Mother Tree. Rooted by the Spine”, 2019/20, mixed media on archive watercolor paper, triptych, 66 x 101,5 cm each.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Because the human body is a tree Spring Awakening” III, 2019/20, mixed media on arches watercolor paper, three single works, 106,5 x 114,5 cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nesting #2, 2000, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Red Composition, 1997, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, DIPTYCH, polaroid, diptych, 88x68cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Deluge Rain, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Extreme Weather, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – El Secreto, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Atardecer, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #2, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 126x168cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #6, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 126x168cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #3, 2016, acrylic, watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper, 87x118cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, A reason why Janet Jackson should move to the Veneto region: a wardrobe malfunction early on go unnoticed, 2006, gouache, pencil, watercolor and fabric on paper, 211x153cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Deconstructing Louis Vuitton – El Chino, 2006, gouache, ink and Louis Vuitton bags logos, 85×64,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Going Platinum, 2006, silver leaf, pencil and watercolour on paper, 208x137cm.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Because the human body is a tree Spring Awakening” I, 2019/20, mixed media on arches watercolor paper, three single works, 106,5 x 114,5 cm each.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Farrar’s garden to 2,24,8”, 2019/20, mixed media on archive watercolor paper, triptych, 75 x 100 cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nesting #3, 2001, polaroid, composition of 4 photographs, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Red Composition, 1997, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – La Ola Monstruosa, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Embrace, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Secrets, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Centrifugal Force, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Clouds, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #4, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 113x155cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #1, 2016, ink, watercolor and gouache on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 100x65cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #4, 2016, acrylic, watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper, 69x89cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Invocazione alla questura – Rita of Nigeria, 2006, mixed media on paper, 111 x 181cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #1, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #4, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, “Because the human body is a tree Spring Awakening” II, 2019/20, mixed media on arches watercolor paper, three single works, 106,5 x 114,5 cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled, 1995, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, December 17, 1999, polaroid, triptych, 82x56cm each.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Fire Pit, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – La Ira de Chango & Zeus, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Pajaro de Atenas, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Captiva – Reflection, 2016, mixed media on Arches archive paper, 106,5×75,5cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #3, 2017, ink and watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 116x115cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled #5, 2017, watercolor on Stonehenge’s archival paper, 126x168cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Catch of the day #2, 2016, acrylic, watercolor and gouache on Fabriano paper, 75,5x89cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Il pane è vita. zucchero and company are good, 2006, mixed media on paper, 113x152cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, El Nascimiento de la Flor de Cardi, 2006, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper, 251,5x144cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #2, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.

Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Glass Forest #13, 2012, mixed media on paper, 76x57cm.