ASUNCIÓN MOLINOS GORDO
Asunción Molinos Gordo’s eminently political oeuvre is characteristic of the geological age defined by the influence of human activity on the environment, the Anthropocene, focusing primarily on food sovereignty and the contemporary identity of the peasantry in an artistic practice that is always situated in a context but never tied to any particular technical medium.
This group of pieces by contemporary artist Asunción Molinos Gordo (Aranda de Duero, 1979) was acquired over the last two years, when she returned after a long period abroad. In recent years she has pursued her creative calling in several different countries, primarily Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Spain. From the moment we enter the museum, these works invite us to participate in some of the most important debates of our time, such as those surrounding the issue of climate change and the urgent need to rethink our use of natural resources.
Specifically, the four pieces presented here answer a question that Asunción Molinos Gordo asked in the 2017 exhibition Description de l’Égypte at Galería Travesía Cuatro: “How did the lives of the millions of people who protested in Tahrir Square unfold? What lies ahead for them?” That show alluded to the famous attempt to catalogue and illustrate the country of Egypt during Napoleon’s 19th-century campaign of colonisation and conquest—the same one against which the people of Móstoles rebelled in 1808. The artist proposed three levels of analysis: ancient Egypt, represented here by Perfil de empeño [Debt Profile]; modern Egypt, with the display case of Hoyos, panzas, brazos y carne [Holes, Bellies, Arms and Flesh]; and natural history, with the ceramic piece A mayúscula, b minúscula [Capital A, Lowercase b] and the wall hanging Agricultura fantasma [Ghost Agriculture]. These assembled creations manage to revive the critical spirit in a kind of micro-museum about Egypt, erected as an expression of collective mourning for a recently failed revolution.