(c) Ana Roldán, 2011
Ana Roldán's exhibition "Forms of Contemplation, Ideal Forms in Compositions" is the first solo exhibition of the Mexican artist in Germany. The artist works with such diverse formats as photography, sculpture, video, installations and performance. She is especially interested in processes of Modernism and questions revolving around identity and nation.
For the exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein Roldán has designed a spatial installation, in which she integrates various references in both form and content to the cultural history of Mexico, but she modifies them so that they purposely undermine the notion of national affiliation and identity. The architect Luis Barragán and the artist and film director Adolfo Best Maugard are central to Roldán's exhibition at the Kunstverein: Barragán's architecture exemplifies the history of Modernism in Mexico, conjoining modern forms with a more conservative association with nature, folkloristic objects and a profound religiousness. Best Maugard also drew from Mexican folk art for his drawing methods, combining elements from it with modern and rational forms.
Ana Roldán (born 1977 in Mexico City) lives and works in Zurich.