Our lives are not always straightforward. How we get from one place to the next – and who we are once we get there – is often surprising, vague, or both, despite our best efforts to explain and quantify. Instead of desperately trying to avoid these gaps, Mexican artist (and winner of the National Gallery Prize for Young Art in 2013) Mariana Castillo Deball uses them to create something new. Employing significant research not for the facts it uncovers but for the insight it gives the researcher/curator to reveal – or simply suggest – connections, Castillo Deball’s large-scale installation at the Hamburger Bahnhof (p. 47) charts “biographies of things,” with a particular focus on how museums shape and influence the relationships between objects that cultivate a sense of drama. Parergon (which means “supplementary work” or “byproduct”) runs until next March.