Melanie Smith

born 1965

Melanie Smith, ‘Xilitla’ 2010
Xilitla 2010
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Melanie Smith is an artist based in Mexico City. Her work has been characterized by a certain re-reading of the formal and aesthetic categories of avant-gardes and post-avant-garde movements, problematized at the sites and within the horizons of heterotopias. Her production is intimately related to a certain expanded vision of the notion of modernity, maintaining a relationship both with what this means in Latin America, particularly in Mexico, and with the implication this has for her formal explorations as a critical moment in the aesthetic-political structure of modernity and late modernity.

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Film and audio


Global Studios: Artist Responses – Melanie Smith (Part 2)

Tate's Bloomberg Connects: Global Studios presents a further response of video from Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith: Studio visit

The British shows us around the area of Mexico City in which she lives and works




Bloomberg Connects: Global Studios

The 2013–2015 Global Studios project took Tate visitors on virtual studio visits around the world

Tate Etc

Mexican encounters: Tate Acquisition I

Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith’s video Xilitla, which focuses on Edward James’s extraordinary gothic Mexican garden Las Pozas de Xilitla, was ...

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