Buenos Aires–based artist
created one of the fair’s more provocative installations. She makes sculptures modeled off of her friends and members of her local queer silk printing collective. Each piece is made up of monochromatic canvases of varying sizes that are attached to form figures (individual canvases become thighs, faces, hands, and torsos).
Familia (Daniel, Kinga y Maite) (2019), priced at $18,000, features a green canvas child, sitting against the wall and playing with a Kermit the Frog doll, while its red-and-black-canvas parents engage in kinbaku—Japanese bondage. One parent hangs above the ground, while the other lies on the carpet, strung up by its legs. “It makes sense with the work of Mariela when we think about suspension and restriction and in this environment of restriction,” said gallery director Leopol Mones Cazon. “How much can you support?”