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Renata Molinari, Dragon foetus, 2020. Latex, copper and liquid soap. Courtesy of the artist.

Renata Molinari, Trichonaut, 2018. Suit made of jute thread. Courtesy of the artist.

Renata Molinari, Scalp, 2020. Three small oil paintings on canvas sewn on a larger oil painting on canvas, 150x180 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Renata Molinari, Homunculus, Reptilian Jewellery, 2019. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist.

Renata Molinari works across painting, performance and sculpture to explore the life of objects through animism. She often works with discarded or hoarded materials which are rendered as social and geographical markers of the location in which they were found. In her work, objects are invested with the capacity for action, memory and consciousness, and blur the borders and hierarchies of what is considered a rightful being.

During her residency at Gasworks, Molinari will continue a project based around objects fabricated with or related to human hair, with a specific focus on the tradition of Victorian mourning jewellery. Her work will consider the body as a farm and bodily extractivism, as well as the potential of affective relationships with the deceased.

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Renata Molinari lives and works in Buenos Aires. She studied Physics in the UBA for two years and later gained a BFA from the UNA. She participated in UTDT’s XI Artists’ Program. Recent exhibitions include Propio Mundi, PM, Buenos Aires; Presentación en sociedad, Media, Buenos Aires, (both 2020); Banda Pop Metal, R202, Buenos Aires; Desgracia, La Verdi, Buenos Aires (both 2019); El Burro y la Moto, Call center (xEl Mirador), Buenos Aires (2018); and Informe sobre sombras, CCGSM, Buenos Aires (2017). Her works have been selected for Klemm Prize and Bienal de Arte Joven.

Renata Molinari’s residency is supported by Erica Roberts and hosted in the Roberts Residency Studio. The residency is developed in partnership with URRA, in alliance with arteBA Argentina.