16 March 2019 – 30 June 2019
In her work, Maria Loboda takes existing myths, rituals, symbols, materials and images from different belief systems, cultures and eras, and makes them her own. She also examines the contingency of language and the way in which translation, codification, encryption, as well as sign, symbol and message ciphering all operate within it.
Furthermore, her work constantly references the history of architecture and design, as well as disciplines such as archaeology and anthropology, folklore or elements of popular culture. She thus reflects on the political and social dimension of human manifestations and on the validity or obsolescence of intrinsic ideologies in objects, works of art and architectural constructions that have, to a large extent, been used as propaganda tools during certain regimes throughout history. In her work, Loboda uses installation art, sculpture and photography.
In her exhibition at the Museo Tamayo, Maria Loboda presents a mural created in situ that simulates a concrete bas-relief, a distinctive building material of modern architecture. The image represented on the mural shows a pair of hands holding a punch card, an obsolete device nowadays, used to store information in binary code, which could be read by early computers. However, one can glimpse the exhibition’s title on the message written on the card: To build a business that will never know completion, which formally mimics binary code perforations. A door built into the mural itself gives access to a small chamber where photos are hanging. They depict antique objects being carefully cleaned.
Throughout this exhibition, Loboda introduces elements that refer to the historical relationship between architecture and archaeology, to the safekeeping and survival of messages and speeches in objects that transcend their current use, and also to the symbolic use of profane and sacred spaces.