Patricia Domínguez (Chile) in her practice brings together an experimental research on ethnobotany, healing practices and the corporatisation of wellbeing. Her work focuses on the transference from colonial times to neoliberal practices of extraction and overworking.

During this residency, Patricia will develop a new commission for a forthcoming exhibition at Wellcome Collection in London opening in May 2021. The exhibition will reimagine our relationship with the vegetal world.

Taking the archives of Wellcome Collection as a starting point, Patricia will critically engage with the limits of science and shamanism through a focus on spirituality and visionary plants within the context of the current cosmologies of neo-colonialism in South America.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Planetary Tears (Yeh Art Gallery New York, 2020), Green Irises (Gasworks, London, 2019), Llanto Cósmico (Twin Gallery, Madrid, 2018), soñé@cerámicas (Sala CCU, Santiago 2017); Eres un Princeso (Pizzuti Collection Museum, Ohio, 2016), Los ojos serán lo último en pixelarse (Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, 2016), and Focus Latinoamérica (ARCO Madrid, 2016). She has participated in group exhibitions at: Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, forthcoming 2020; Momenta Biennale de l´imagenMontreal, Canada, 2019; Meet Factory, Prague, 2019; ARCO Madrid, 2018; SEMA, Seoul, 2018;  Emila Filly Gallery, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, 2017; CCE Santiago, 2017; and Galería Liberia, Bogotá, 2017. Her work has been included in books such as Young than Jesus Artist Directly edited by the New Museum and Phaidon Press and will be included at the Health edition of the Documents of Contemporary Art series edited by Whitechapel and MIT Press.

Patricia earned her MFA from Hunter College New York and a Botanical Illustration Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden. She has a received various grants and prizes including Beca AMA (2017), Beca Arte CCU (2015), Media Art Prize from Fundación Telefónica (2014) and 3rd Norberto Griffa Prize (2014).

She runs the experimental ethnobotanical platform Studio Vegetalista.

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