Espai 13

Exhibition program
Cycle:Something for Everyone
Nicola Costantino
Curated by
Mònica Regàs, Ferran Barenblit i Frederic Montornès

Nicola Costantino (Rosario, Argentina, 1964) graduated in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Humanities and Arts in Rosario, specialising in sculpture. She now lives and works in Buenos Aires. In addition to having participated in a number of solo exhibitions in various museums and galleries in Argentina, and in the last São Paolo Bienale in Brazil (1998), she is well known to the Spanish public as a result of having exhibited at recent editions of ARCO with the Galería Ruth Benzacar of Buenos Aires, and in the group show "With the five senses" at the Casa de América in Madrid. She is currently exhibiting in the Deitch Project gallery in New York.

Her works, which have been described as rebellious, reveal her interest in opposites and her desire to provoke. The natural and the artificial, life and death, reality and fiction, public and private - these are the principal themes of her objects in which the most intimate parts of a body, or the decadence and degradation of the human body or skin, show the artist’s vision of present-day society, suffocated by its voracious consumerism.

In her project for the Espai 13, Nicola Costantino will be exhibiting a low-relief frieze produced in resin, on which we see the foetuses of various animals as well as the solid, compact resin sculptures that are exact reproductions of pigs’ ears, tails, snouts and trotters, recreating realistically the cruelty and violence to defenceless animals and, metaphorically, the consumerist anthropophagy of our society. The works by Nicola Costantino included in "Sophistication" are being shown for the first time in Spain.