IMMATERIAL is Material’s pioneering program dedicated to performance-based works. Its third edition is an experiment in camouflage and relational practices, with the majority of the works being realized unannounced over the four days of the fair. The attempt of this year’s program is to broaden the modality in which we present performance, by showcasing a series of artists whose practices question the very transmission and circulation of live art. This includes one-on-one activations of works with the audience as well as public group actions open to all. IMMATERIAL Vol. 3 is curated by Michelangelo Miccolis and features works by Cally Spooner, Simon Asencio, Mette Edvardsen, Dora García, Débora Delmar, and Roman Ondak.

READING MATERIAL is our new section dedicated to artists’ books and arts publications, located on the terrace level of the fair. It features a group of 36 exhibitors from 10 countries, curated by Eva Posas. In response to the fair’s unique spirit, we imagine READING MATERIAL as a park inside the fair, a place to comfortably relate to the printed circulation and exhibition of contemporary art. There will be various presentations, talks and performances taking place in READING MATERIAL and we invite you to review the schedule of events below.

We are also thrilled to present two prizes this year: The Hennessy Prize for Best Project Space and The ELLE Prize for Exceptional Talent.

We will be hosting two roundtable discussions in the central patio of the fair. On Friday, will be the conversation “Multitudes: New ways of building collaboration and community into contemporary art,” and on Saturday, we will also host the official presentation of the new ArtPrizeCDMX along with a panel discussion on the state of Mexico City’s contemporary art scene, titled “One of Many Futures.”

We also have two special performances apart from the IMMATERIAL program. On Saturday evening, we welcome Bendik Giske (NO/DE) for a live musical performance in the central patio. And on Sunday evening before the fair comes to an end, we will host WATERMELON COCOON DELUSION by Mexico City’s Preteen Gallery.

Finally, don’t miss Beverly’s fifth collaboration with Material. You’ll find them in the Frontón México’s locker room (just look for the neon signs), with sculpture, installation, photography, and performance by artists Colin Tom, Carolyn Sickles, Azikiwe Mohammed, Elise McMahon, Yeni Mao, Sean Fader, Leah Dixon and Sam Chun.

We look forward to seeing you at Material!

Mårten Spångberg, Herradura Reposado, 2018. Photo: PJ Rountree.

Maria Hassabi, STAGING: solo (2017) — undressed. Photo: PJ Rountree.


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