Patricia Bentancur is an Uruguayan artist based in Montevideo. She previously lived in Madrid, Paris and New York.
Patricia works on installations that bring together distinct pieces and reflect upon the politics of everyday individual viewpoints. Drawings, photographs, objects and videos are some of the mediums that she engages with. Based on (our) collective memory, they often recall, through personal references, the mnemonic context of Uruguay, Latin America, and other parts of the world. Although she has attracted more attention with her video works, drawings still constitute a central element. With irony and sense of humour, narratives unfold between memory and oblivion, the questioning of reality and story telling.
Patricia often uses textual strategies to revise the sense of the present and its consequences. Relations are established between what is stated, what is denied, and what is absent from the rhetoric of every day. To this end, she adds the concept of lying by interweaving questions and fictionalized narratives as central means in the construction of (our) citizenship. In her most recent works, Patricia has added conceptual complexity by introducing different artistic devices as tools for reflection on contemporary social and political matters. In this, communication, information manipulation, silence and blindness are proposed as subjects in the intricate conflicts around the world. Still, simplicity has pervaded and provided cues for the foundation of meaning.
Patricia has exhibited regularly since 1990. Among the venues that have presented her work are the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, Colombia; the San Martin Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile; the Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Chopo Museum in Mexico City, Mexico; the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art in La Habana, Cuba; the National Museum of Visual Arts, the Marte Upmarket, the Contemporary Art Foundation and the Goethe Institute in Montevideo, Uruguay; the Caixa Forum in Barcelona (collection) and the Caixa Forum in Madrid, Spain; and the Gallery Rostrum in Malmö and the Gallery Tegen2 in Stockholm, Sweden.