b. 1959 Matanzas, Cuba
Resides in Boston, MA
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ (b. 1959, Matanzas, Cuba) work of the last 20 years covers an extended range of visual language investigations. Campos-Pons’ work emerges from the early 1980s focus on painting and the discussion of sexuality in the crossroads of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to incisive questioning, critique and insertion of the black body in the contemporary narratives of the present. Installation art, performative photography and cultural activism define the core of Campos-Pons’ practice of the last two decades. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons has been exhibited internationally since 1984 when she won the Honorable Mention at the XVIII Cagnes-sur-Mer Painting Competition in France, and the Bunting Fellowship in Visual Arts at Harvard 1993; solo shows followed at MoMA, the Venice Biennale 2001, Johannesburg Biennial, the First Liverpool Biennial, and the Dak’ART Biennial in Senegal. A 20-year retrospective of Campos-Pons & work, Everything is Separated by Water: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, opened in Indianapolis in 2006 and traveled to the Bass Museum in Miami. In 2016, the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, MA exhibited Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Currently, Campos-Pons is a part of Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany as well as Athens, Greece.