Tania Candiani, La Urdimbre/The Warp, 2015, installation, wood, thread dyed with natural pigments and video

Tania Candiani: Cromática

516 ARTS is pleased to present Cromática, a solo exhibition by Mexican artist Tania Candiani. Making its debut in the United States after having traveling to Oaxaca, Guadalajara and Ciudad Juárez, the exhibition explores color, sound, and synesthesia—a condition in which one sense is simultaneously perceived by different senses. Known for her interdisciplinary approaches that collaboratively mine fields of research and production—both artisanal and industrial—her work navigates the intersections of art, design, sound, architecture, and science.

She says, “I am intrigued by the way in which visions of scientific and technological progress entail ideas about collective futures, public expectations and the common good. And in that sense, how your notions are constantly evolving, not only in terms of technology but also culturally. It seems pertinent to look at the past in a kind of archeology of that knowledge, to observe the possibilities of the future.”

Throughout Cromática, Candiani explores and connects fine art and craft traditions, tracing their origins to indigenous modes of creation and labor. Using weaving, dying, sculpture, poetry, music, performance, and historical context, she approaches art making as a vehicle for preserving memory of ancestral crafts. The exhibition will be accompanied by public performances and discussions that bring together Mexico’s rich artistic history with contemporary issues.


Tania Candiani (born 1974, Mexico City) works in a variety of media and practices at the intersection of different languages systems, including phonic, graphic, linguistic, symbolic, and technological. The translation between diverse systems of representation is key in the creation of her work. She has created interdisciplinary working groups in various fields, consolidating intersections between art, design, literature, music, architecture, and science, with an emphasis on early technologies and their history in the production of knowledge. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Arts (2011), a National System of Art Creators in Mexico Fellowship (2012), and an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution (2016). Candiani represented Mexico at the 56th International Venice Biennial in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in museums, institutions, and independent spaces around the world and is part of important public and private collections. Monograph books about her work include Cinco variaciones de circunstancias fónicas y una pausa (2014); Habita Intervenido (2015); Possessing Nature. Pabellón de México. Bienal de Venecia (2015); and Cromática (2018). Learn
more about Tania Candiani at taniacandiani.com