Manuela Ribadeneira is known for her particular way of producing sophisticated objects that, by means of diverse metaphorical operations, skilfully synthesise a series of narratives that allow for a critical focus on the present. Her works stem from concerns connected to the specific conjuncture of their moment of creation, which she usually approaches through scientific curiosity or historical anecdotes, responding to them from personal experience or a familiar memory. Such quality of seeking an intersection between the intimate and the political allows her works go beyond their original context of creation to become thoughts projected over time, giving place to continuously actualised readings.

Manuela Ribadeneira, 1966, lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Objetos de duda y de certeza_2000-2019 at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador [2019], En la Dirección em la que sopla el viento at Museomático – Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Cuenca, Ecuador; Ouça at Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Temblores armónicos. A menudo una advertencia, FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá, Colômbia [2018];Varillas de la Esperanza at Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil [2014]; Objects of certitude, objects of doubt at Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil[2012]; Improptu op. 26 at Arte Actual, Quito, Ecuador, in collaboration with the musician Nelson García [2011]. She took part in the recent group shows Contagio at Cecilia Brunson Projects, London, UK [2020]; On the Quiet at Galeria Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany; Portadores de Sentido, Museo Amparo, Puebla, México [2019]; XIV Bienal de Cuenca – Estructuras Vivientes – El Arte como Experiencia Plural, Cuenca, Ecuador [2018]; Agitprop! At Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA [2016]; The world was flat, now it’s round, and it will be a hologram at Blidmuseet, Umeå, Sweden; En y Entre Geografias at Museo de Arte Moderno Medellín, Medellín, Colombia [2015]; 12th Cuenca Biennial at Cueca, Ecuador; Casa Triângulo no Pivô at Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil [2014]; Deffered Archive - Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition atCIFO Art Space, Miami, USA; Ante un Fusilamiento at TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica; Nouvelle Vagues - Artesur, Collective Fictions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France [2013]; A House of Leaves at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK [2012]; 8th Mercosur Biennial at Porto Alegre, Brazil [2011]. Manuela Ribadeneira and Nelson García are founding members of the art collective Artes No Decorativas S.A. In 2011, along with curator Vincent Honoré and designer Benjamin Reichen, they launched a journal of contemporary art called Drawing Room Confessions (London/New York). She represented Ecuador in the 52nd Venice Biennale [2007] and in the 8th Havana Biennale [2003].




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