Maria Berrio

Flowered Songs and Broken Currents

6 October - 18 December 2020

Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Clouded Infinity (Detail) 2020 Courtesy of Victoria Miro

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‘This exhibition began with the idea of a fictional town attempting to overcome a catastrophe, but it soon opened outwards into my own response to a very real, global catastrophe.’ — María Berrío

The central theme of this exhibition is the quiet of catastrophe’s aftermath, a solemnity that points as much towards modes of resilience and adaptation as it does to the crushing devastation of loss. This theme takes shape through María Berrío’s narration of a small Colombian fishing village that has undergone a tragedy. In these works, the artist explores how the formation of historical memory occurs amidst processes of grieving in a village that maps the site of her own imagination.

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Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Ananda Tandava 2020 Collage with Japanese paper, watercolour paint, and coloured pencils on canvas 213.4 x 213.4 cm 84 x 84 in Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Ananda Tandava (Detail) 2020 Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Crowned Solitudes 2020 Collage with Japanese paper and watercolour paint on canvas 213.4 x 266.7 cm 84 x 105 in Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío There Is No Sky for Ground Spirits 2020 Collage with Japanese paper and watercolour paint on canvas 182.9 x 152.4 cm 72 x 60 in Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío There Is No Sky for Ground Spirits (Detail) 2020 Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Miracles of Ordinary Light 2020 Collage with Japanese paper and watercolour paint on canvas 233.7 x 299.7 cm 92 x 118 in Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío The Combed Thunderclap 2020 Collage with Japanese paper and watercolour paint on canvas 76.2 x 61 cm 30 x 24 in Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío The Combed Thunderclap (Detail) 2020 Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Clouded Infinity 2020 Collage with Japanese paper and watercolour paint on canvas 213.4 x 304.8 cm 84 x 120 in Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Under a Cold Sun (Detail) 2020 Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío Under a Cold Sun (Detail) 2020 Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío The Quiet Undoing (Detail) 2020 Courtesy of Victoria Miro
Maria Berrio at Victoria Miro London 2020
María Berrío The Quiet Undoing 2020 Collage with Japanese paper and watercolour paint on canvas 213.4 x 213.4 cm 84 x 84 in Courtesy of Victoria Miro

Biography

Based in Brooklyn, María Berrío was born and grew up in Colombia. Her works, which are meticulously crafted from layers of Japanese paper, reflect on cross-cultural connections and global migration seen through the prism of her own history.

María Berrío’s work is in permanent collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, USA; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, USA; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, USA, among others. Her work has been shown as part of significant exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA; Nasher Museum of Art, USA; Prospect.4 Triennial, New Orleans; and the Museo del Barrio, New York. The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, is organising the first survey of Berrío’s work, scheduled to open in early 2021.

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