Residency Unlimited

Cecilia Barreto

Artist Name: Cecilia Barreto
Residency Dates: July – August 2024
Born: 1985
Hometown: Mexico City
Lives & Works: Mexico City
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Gallery: Saenger Galeria
Education: 2016 | MFA Faculty of Arts and Design, National Autonomous University of Mexico
2008  | Bachelor of Visual Arts, Faculty of Arts and Design, National Autonomous University of Mexico


Bio/ Statement:

Cecilia Barreto is a Mexico City-based artist whose artistic research projects focus on developing narratives around recent events. Cecilia was selected for the 14th edition of the Future and Contemporary Havana Biennial in 2021 and 2022. She participated in the international artistic residency program Casa Wabi, curated by Paola Jasso, in 2020. Additionally, she was chosen for the artistic residency program at La Chambre Blanche in Québec City, Canada, through a collaboration between FONCA and CALQ in 2019. Further recognitions include selection in the second edition of Zona_Seis, residencies for young artists at the Luis Adelantado Gallery in 2015, and being a scholarship holder of the BBVA Bancomer-MACG program in its 2016 edition. Cecilia also secured first place in the Lumen Art Parameter 2nd edition in 2016 and received a scholarship in the 3rd edition of the Adidas Border scholarship. In 2009, I was a recipient of the FONCA Young Creators program.

Cecilia Barreto has held six solo exhibitions: Sentir Desierto curated by Christian Gómez Vega in 2023, Cielo Abierto curated by Paola Jasso at Archivo Colectivo Gallery in Mexico City in 2021, Hyperobjects at La Chambre Blanche in Québec City, Canada in 2019, Happy Markets at Luis Adelantado Gallery in Mexico in 2016, Diagram of the Interference at the National School of Painting, Sculpture, Engraving ‘La Esmeralda’ in 2012, and Simultaneous Visualization at the José María Velasco Gallery in Mexico City in 2012. She has participated in over 80 group exhibitions, including: Contemporary Painting in Mexico, 2024, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Markets from the Perspective of Contemporary Art, 2022, Museo Banco de México, Mexico City; I Know Your Father Doesn’t Understand My Modern Language, 2014, MUAC, Mexico City


“I develop artistic/theoretical research projects by selecting and interpreting data and information sourced from books, journalistic investigations, and specialized research journals. I work across various mediums, primarily painting, drawing, sculpture, and installations. I’m interested in exploring the connections between systems shaping the concrete and logistical aspects of our lives in the social, cultural, political, and economic spheres, and how the values and beliefs underpinning these systems evolve.

Presently, my research delves into data technology and specialized information in economics and finance gathered from news agencies, stock indices, and print media. I aim to establish a body of work that narrates the context of recent events, outlining a field of specific circumstances describing economic liberalism and globalized capital. While observing strategies and alliances among governments of different nations, I depict the conflict of interests and ideologies, or conversely, the political statements that exclude minorities from decision-making within the current economic climate.”


Support: Cecilia Barreto’s residency is made possible with support from Saenger Galeria.

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