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Patricia Domínguez
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  • Patricia Domínguez

“For Chilean artist and educator, Patricia Domínguez, ethnobotany (the study of how people from certain cultures use indigenous plants) provides a springboard for her artistic practice. Trained in contemporary art as well as in traditional botanical illustration, Domínguez assembles futuristic totems in which our interconnections with plants are explored and given meaning.”

Sandhini Poddar, Frieze Magazine, September 2022


Patricia Domínguez is an artist, educator, and defender of the living. She brings together experimental research on ethnobotany, healing practices, and the corporatization of wellbeing in her practice. Her work focuses on the transference from colonial times to neoliberal practices of extraction and overworking.

*Matrix Vegetal*, 2022, single-channel 4K video with sound, 21min14. Courtesy the artist & The RYDER.

Matrix Vegetal, 2022, single-channel 4K video with sound, 21min14. Courtesy the artist & The RYDER.

*Esfinge Vegetal #2*, 2023, yoga brick, pvc and artificial hair, 145 x 14 x 30 cm. Courtesy the artist & The RYDER. © Aurélien Mole

Esfinge Vegetal #2, 2023, yoga brick, pvc and artificial hair, 145 x 14 x 30 cm. Courtesy the artist & The RYDER. © Aurélien Mole

*Matrix Vegetal; comparto mi espíritu con tu flor*, 2021, analogue photograph on Hahnemühle Ultra Rag Smooth 305g paper, framed with rounded white wooden frame and UV antireflective glass, 100 x 66 x 3 cm. Courtesy the artist & The RYDER.

Matrix Vegetal; comparto mi espíritu con tu flor, 2021, analogue photograph on Hahnemühle Ultra Rag Smooth 305g paper, framed with rounded white wooden frame and UV antireflective glass, 100 x 66 x 3 cm. Courtesy the artist & The RYDER.

Exhibition view, *Multispecies Clouds*, Macalline Arts Center, Beijin, 2023.

Exhibition view, Multispecies Clouds, Macalline Arts Center, Beijin, 2023.

Exhibition view, Wellcome Collection, London, 2022

Exhibition view, Wellcome Collection, London, 2022

Recent exhibitions include Screen Series, New Museum, NY; Rooted beings, Wellcome Collection, London (all 2022); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Transmediale, Berlin; La Casa Encendida, Madrid (all 2021), How to tread lightly Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid; Madre Drone, CentroCentro, Madrid, and Cosmic Tears, Yeh Art Gallery, New York (all 2020); Green Irises, Gasworks, London; MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, Montreal; The trouble is staying, Meet Factory, Prague (all 2019); What is going to happen is not ‘the future’, but what we are going to do, ARCOMadrid; Working for the Future Past, SEMA, Seoul (both 2018), among others.

She has recently contributed to books such as Health (MIT Press/Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art, 2020), Season 1 for st_age from TBA21 (2020), was the recipient of Beca Fundación Botín (2022) and SIMETRIA prize to participate in a residency at CERN, Switzerland (2021). She is currently the Director of the experimental ethnobotanical platform Studio Vegetalista.