Archivist and curator Verónica Rossi, a long-term collaborator of artist Mercedes Azpilicueta, contributes to the exhibition Bondage of Passions with an essay addressed to the artist.
Written in the form of a letter, Rossi’s text is an intimate reflection on the intergenerational and cross-geographic conversations that weave together the work of women travellers and diasporic writers, tracing the steps of Eduarda Mansilla and Catalina de Erauso.
The essay is presented in dialogue with a roaming gaze across the intricate tapestries produced for the exhibition. Featuring cut-up imagery from early modern South America, Azpilicueta’s tapestries have the hallucinatory quality of dreams, offering viewers a rare glimpse into Erauso’s fears and desires.
Based on a text by Verónica Rossi.
Narrator: Mercedes Azpilicueta.
Camera: Reynir Hutber.
Editor: Joel Furness.
A transcript of this essay is available in the resources section below.
Verónica Rossi is a curator at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA). She has co-curated MALBA’s current exhibition Therapy (2021), which explores the relationship between art and psychoanalysis in Argentina and beyond. She is also co-curator of the most recent presentation of the museum’s permanent collection: South of the South, MALBA (2020). In addition to collaborating with Mercedes Azpilicueta, providing the archival research underpinning her exhibitions, Rossi has worked in advisory roles for numerous archives of artists and writers. Between 2011 and 2016, she re-organised the archive of Argentinian writer Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, raising awareness of his work and leading to various publications.
Mercedes Azpilicueta is an artist born in La Plata, Argentina. She was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 2015-16, and received the Pernod Ricard Fellowship in 2017. Solo exhibitions include CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (2021); Museion, Bozen (2020); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2019); CentroCentro, Madrid (2019); and MAMBA, Buenos Aires (2018). Her work has been featured at Villa Vassilieff, Paris; REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles; MACBA, Barcelona (all 2018); CA2M, Móstoles (2017); Onomatopee, Eindhoven (2016); TENT, Rotterdam (2015); and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014). Azpilicueta is nominated for the Prix de Rome 2021.