In this edition of Bajo el Sol, Naama Tsabar and Mateo López analyze how territory and the notion of it has impacted their work throughout their artistic production. They find common ground in having left their places of origin and from there explore ideas about control, the cartography and frontiers of their exhibitions, the action of looking and art as a platform for interaction.

Naama Tsabar, Perimeters (2021) at THE BASS, Miami Beach.

Image: Courtesy of THE BASS, by Michael Del Riego.

Naama Tsabar (b. 1982, Israel) lives and works in New York. Tsabar’s practice fuses elements from sculpture, music, performance and architecture. Her interactive works expose hidden spaces and systems, reconceive gendered narratives, and shift the viewing experience to one of active participation. Tsabar draws attention to the muted and unseen by propagating sound through space and sculptural form.
Solo exhibitions and performances of Tsabar have been presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Art and Design (New York), The High Line Art (New York), Nasher Museum (Durham, NC), Kunsthaus Baselland (Switzerland), Palais De Tokyo (Paris), Prospect New Orleans, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Herziliya Museum for Contemporary Art in Israel, MARTE – C (El Salvador), CCA Tel Aviv (Israel), Faena Buenos Aires, The Bass Museum (Miami), The Wadsworth Museum (NY), among others.

Mateo López (1978, Bogotá) is a multidisciplinary artist based between Bogotá and New York. His practice speaks of cartographies, journeys and construction processes while revolving around the themes of chance, encounter, time, and the connection of eventsthat take place in our daily life. His work traces a conceptual approach and expands from drawings to installations, architecture, films and sculptural coreographies. He reproduces memories and converts them into something susceptible to displacement through the creation of portable modules that host different collections of objects.

His work has been presented in MAC, Lima Peru (2023); Casey Kaplan, New York (2022 and 2019); Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2022); Museo Banco de la República, Bogotá (2021); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2021, 2016 and 2011); Goodman Gallery, London (2020); Travesía Cuatro, Mexico City (2020), Madrid (2019) and Guadalajara (2018); Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona (2018); Drawing Center, New York (2017).

BAJO EL SOL is a project by Travesía Cuatro | Coordinated by Claudia Llanza and Andrea Celda