Livia Corona Benjamin
Proxyco Gallery (DLG3)
Livia Corona Benjamin (born 1975, Ensenada, Mexico) lives in New York and Mexico City.
Livia Corona Benjamin investigates architecture as social performance. Recent objects of study include grain silos built throughout rural Mexico from 1965 to 1999 that were abandoned after the NAFTA agreement. Her photographic works oscillate between representation and abstraction, examine colonial legacies, and reflect on tensions between handmade, serial, and industrial modes production.
Livia Corona Benjamin’s formally diverse pictures build on her extensive photo-documentary project about the thousands of conical grain silos in rural Mexico. Her Infinite Rewrite series attempts to embody complex history through appropriation and adaptation.
While thousands of graneros remain empty to this day, others have been re-appropriated by their communities. They stand as reminders of a now archaic-seeming socialism once promised so much.
Puerto Rican artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo will be presented in a 2-person booth alongside Corona, who aslo reimagines architectural sites as conceptual frameworks. Livia Corona Benjamin has had solo exhibitions at Parque Galería, Mexico City (2016); Sgorbati Projects, New York (2015); Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2014); and Hartell Gallery, Cornell University (2011). Group exhibitions include Whitney Museum, New York (2018); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017); and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2017). Awards include Guggenheim Fellowship (2010), and three-year grants from Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Credaores de Arte (2012, 2015).