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Tania Pérez Córdova, Starting from... , 2013, Zinc metal objects and graphite crucible filled with melted zinc

Tania Pérez Córdova, Dropped things are bound to sink (Man flexing his biceps to show off his strength) 2012, Foam impression

Tania Pérez Córdova, How to use reversed psychology with pictures, 2012. Artificially aged linen (once black)

Tania Pérez Córdova works with objects and their specific materiality. She claims that her work happens between questioning how to make something and how to make sense of something, and her work emerges out of her curiosity and focus upon the relationship between vision and conviction: how do we think about objects, the spaces between them and how can we think with or through objects. Working with various mediums, the production process plays an essential role in Córdova’s practice. It is from observing and interacting with the mechanics of the materials that her reflections upon objects and their configuration to another initiate. Developing out of this interest, an important part of her research has been focused on the idea of the tool, and thinking about how to invent a device, and how to use an object to create new objects.

For her residency at Gasworks, Córdova will be developing her practice further by exploring production processes as a new way of seeing and thinking about objects, and as a narrative tool for exploring time, relations and places.

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Tania Pérez Córdova lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico. Recent exhibitions include Gente, Algo, Gente (2012) at Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; and If Used like Stones (2012) at Galeria Stereo, Poznan, Poland. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Mexico City’s Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012); How To Work (more for) less (2011) curated by Adam Szymczyk, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Horario triple A (2011) curated by Eduardo Abaroa, Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico.

Tania Pérez Córdova is the first recipient of the Shelagh Wakely Residency Award, hosted in partnership with The Elephant Trust.

Shelagh Wakely (1932 – 2011), was a British artist whose experimental practice combined visual art, sculpture and design with architecture. Wakely travelled widely in South-America, with special interest in Brazil, and her residence in London became a meeting point for Brazilian and Latin American artists.

The Elephant Trust administers the Shelagh Wakely Bequest, and the Shelagh Wakely Residency has been created in partnership with Gasworks to provide an emerging artist from Latin-America with a three-month residency opportunity in London.

This year's selection panel consisted of Dawn Ades (Writer); Alessio Antoniolli (Director, Gasworks); Tanya Barson, (Curator, Tate Modern); Rowan Geddis, (Residencies Programmer, Gasworks); and Isobel Whitelegg (Head of Public Programmes, Nottingham Contemporary).