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Patricia Domínguez, Eyes of Plants (film still), 2019. 4K video, color, audio, 24:54 min. Commissioned by Gasworks.

Throughout May and June 2020 Gasworks presents a second series of online screenings of artist films commissioned for our exhibitions programme over the last few years. Featuring works by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Patricia Domínguez, and Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, each piece is available to stream on Gasworks’ website for two weeks and is accompanied by interviews with the artists, texts and reviews.

Eyes of Plants (2019) explores the practice of healing with roses and other mestizo rituals emerging in the contact zones between radically different cosmologies. Introduced by European settlers, roses acquired magical power in the colonial imaginary through the legend of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who chose the rose as a symbol to manifest herself to Juan Diego, the first indigenous saint from the Americas. Incorporating optical illusions, homemade props and close relatives as actors, Domínguez’s video induces a hallucinatory experience. 

Following up on her Gasworks’ exhibition, Madre Drone (2020) was produced during a recent residency that Domínguez undertook at KIOSKO Galería in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The same dreamlike aesthetic draws us into something akin to a mirage in which a woman-serpent has a luminous encounter with a robot, a cosmic annunciation in which the lights produced by this character connect with the laser lights used by the protesters in Chilean student riots to blind spy drones.

Press coverage and resources

Read a review on Green Irises in Burlington Contemporary, Boundary Magazine, and an article on Art Viewer about the artist’s exhibition at Centro Centro in Madrid (2020).

Eyes of Plants was commissioned and produced by Gasworks for Patricia Domínguez’s exhibition Green Irises at Gasworks in 4 July - 8 September 2019. READ MORE.

Scroll down to download the publication Technologies of Enchantment, produced to accompany the exhibition.

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Madre Drone was commissioned by CentroCentro, Madrid, and produced at KIOSKO, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, during 2019-20. It was first presented at Patricia Domínguez’s exhibition Madre Drone at CentroCentro in 21 February - 24 May 2020.

Gasworks commissions are supported by Catherine Petitgas and Gasworks Exhibitions Supporters.

Patricia Domínguez is based in Santiago, Chile. Recent exhibitions include: CentroCentro Madrid (2020), Momenta Biennale and Gasworks, London (2019); SeMA Seoul Museum of Art, Korea; ARCO Madrid; Twin Gallery, Madrid (all 2018); Museo MAC, Santiago; Sala CCU, Santiago; CA2M, Madrid (2017); Pizzuti Collection, Ohio; Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago (2016); El Museo del Barrio, New York; FLORA, Bogotá (2013); The Watermill Center, New York (2010). She is the founder of Studio Vegetalista, an experimental platform for ethnobotanical research based in Santiago.