Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something


02 October 2020

03 January 2021
Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street

Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something at Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford will be closed from Thursday 05 November. While the gallery is temporarily closed, you can view the Mariana Castillo Deball: Between Making and Knowing Something online to discover new insights into the exhibition.

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About Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something

Through a collage-like installation featuring pottery, photography and textiles, Mexican-born artist Mariana Castillo Deball works to uncover stories and individuals often hidden in traditional museum displays.

Deball’s exhibition focuses on sharing the stories of a number of little-known female anthropologists and indigenous storytellers and makers. To do this, the artist recreates historical artefacts and reconfigures display cases to expose how museum collections both conceal and reveal historical narratives and shape our understanding of the world.

Between making and knowing something is born out of Deball’s ongoing research into museums, the observational science of people and cultures (or ethnography), archaeology and photographic archives. The exhibition particularly explores objects and archives held in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Smithsonian Museum National Collections in Washington D.C.

Book tickets

02 October to 03 January

Please book a free ticket in advance of your visit to the gallery. Your ticket will grant you access to this exhibition and Responsive Space.

About the artist

Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975, Mexico City, Mexico, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) creates site specific art installations to examine how knowledge and cultural heritage are produced, organised, measured, and authenticated. Her works are informed by her Mexican heritage but from the adopted perspective of Europe, where she has been based since 2002. Deball’s exhibition acknowledges how stories are performed and retained in museums, and makes visible lesser known practitioners and makers, whose histories have remained too long obscured