Elena Bajo at MANA Contemporary

Elena Bajo will be participating in THEOREM.You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself at MANA Contemporary in New Jersey, USA.

Curated by renowned curator and art critic Octavio Zaya, Theorem presents large-scale installation, sculpture, video art, and photography by 30 international artists.

Several artists from far-flung locations such as Peru, Brazil, and Norway, are traveling to Mana to create their installations on-site. The artists address the hypothetical question ‘what if?’ – as inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1968 film Teorema – contemplating a world turned upside-down, where social tensions can be amplified to the point of poetic subversion, achieving possible transcendence.

Exhibiting artists include: Miguel Andrade Valdez, Julieta Aranda, Kader Attia, Marlon de Azambuja, Elena Bajo, Otto Berchem, Monika Bravo, Fernando Bryce, Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Heman Chong, Elena Damiani, Aleksandar Duravcevic, Radames “Juni” Figueroa, Nicole Franchy, Richard Garet, Kendell Geers, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Lucia Koch, Annette Lemieux, Ramón Miranda Beltrán, Warren Neidich, Jo Ractliffe, Rivka Rinn, Santiago Roose, Susan Siegel, DM Simons, Milagros de la Torre, Sergio Vega, Antonio Vega Macotela and Zoé T. Vizcaíno.

Elena Bajo (Madrid, Spain, 1976) her concept-generated and research based practice is concerned with the social and political dimensions of everyday spaces, the strategies to conceptualize resistance, the poetics of ideologies, and the relationship between temporalities and subjectivities. She works individually and collectively across installation, sculpture, painting, performance, participatory events, film, text and writing.

She uses exhibition spaces a studio or laboratories, where an experimental, itinerant, site- specific performed work unfolds, building improvised actions and choreographed movements. Having as a point of departure art production processes, working with places as they are given to her and limited by the materials available around them, Elena Bajo rearranges these found elements into a new composition, juxtaposing the identities of prefigured social and political spaces and dimensions, creating a sometimes cryptic but always revealing new code of signifiers. A re-staging of a space and time, of the past, into future events that uses chance, contingency and ambiguity of the moment.

Elena Bajo has recently participated in projects at The Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Haverford College Philadelphia, USA (2014) and has had solo exhibits at Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, Kosovo (2014), at ARTIUM in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2014), and at 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles, USA (2014). Bajo holds an MFA from Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine and a MA in Architecture from ESARQ, Barcelona. Future projects include a solo exhibit at Kunsthalle, São Paulo, Brazil.

Opening 3 May 2015 from 1PM – 6PM
From 3 May to 1 August 2015


MANA Contemporany
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306