Al­ter­na­tive His­to­ries

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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.

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