Melanie Smith
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Melanie Smith was born in Poole, England, in 1965. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Reading. Since 1989 she has lived and worked in Mexico City, an experience that has enormously influenced her works ever since. Her work has been characterized by a certain re-reading of the formal and aesthetic categories of the avant-garde problematized at specific sites and within the horizons of heterotopias. In earlier pieces, she illustrates the idiosyncracies of multitudes, chaos, and aberrant forms on the outskirts of contemporaneity. This is evident in such videos as Estadio Azteca – Proeza maleable, Xilitla (2010), Bulto (2011), and Elevator (2012). Her current work is linked to a critical vision of the relationships between precariousness, life, and the forms of violence that characterize contemporary industrial society.

Her work has been exhibited in numerous national and international institution, including: PS1, New York; MOMA, New York; UCLA´S, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; ICA, Boston; Tate Liverpool; Tate Modern, London; South London Gallery, London; CAMH, Houston; Milton Keynes; CCA, Vilnius; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museo de Arte de Lima; Museo Tamayo, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo and Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; and Museo de Monterrey. In 2011 she represented Mexico at its national pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.