Asunción Molinos Gordo
Asunción Molinos Gordo (Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Spain. 1979) is a researcher and visual artist strongly influenced by disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. She questions the categories that define “innovation” in mainstream discourses today, working to generate a less urban-centric way of understanding progress.
The main focus of her work is contemporary peasantry. Her understanding of the figure of the small or medium farmer is not merely as a food producer but as a cultural agent, responsible for both perpetuating traditional knowledge and generating new expertise. She employs installation, photography, video, sound and other media to examine the rural realm driven by a strong desire to understand the value and complexity of its cultural production, as well as the burdens that keep it invisible and marginalized.
She has produced work reflecting on land usage, nomad architecture, farmers’ strikes, bureaucracy on territory, transformation of rural labor, biotechnology and global food trade.
Molinos Gordo won the Sharjah Biennial Prize 2015 with her project WAM (World Agriculture Museum). She took part in the XIII Havana Biennial in 2019 and in the Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador curated by Blanca de la Torre in 2021.
Her work has been exhibited in museums and institutions including Art Jameel (Dubai, UAE); IVAM Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (Valencia, Spain); Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK); Delfina Foundation (London, UK); ARNOLFINI (Bristol, UK); CCA (Glasgow, UK); Darat Al Funun (Amman, Jordan); Tranzit (Prague, CZ); Cappadox Festival (Uchisar-Turkey); The Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki, FI); The Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico City); MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan (Jalisco, Mexico); MUSAC (León, Spain); CA2M (Madrid, Spain); CAB (Burgos, Spain); Matadero (Madrid, Spain) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain), among others.
Her work is part of international collections including Art Jameel Collection, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Spain; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation TBA21, Austria; Colección CA2M Comunidad de Madrid, Spain; Colección DKV, Spain; Fundación Calosa, Irapuato, Mexico; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, US; The Khalid Shoman Collection Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan; Aileen Getty collection, US.
Molinos Gordo lives and works in Madrid, Spain.