For her first major solo exhibition in the United States, Los Angeles-based artist Erlea Maneros Zabala re-photographs archival and journalistic images to disrupt the logic, order, and underlying violence within pictorial space. With a basis in the processes of research, Maneros Zabala’s practice restages visual information in order to unearth narratives that have gone otherwise overlooked through time. Expanding upon a series of recent projects that examine the circulation and proliferation of images throughout forms of print and digital media, Maneros Zabala presents an installation of new sculptures and photographic objects that consider the conditions under which pictures are viewed and experienced. The project for REDCAT focuses on a selection of discrete images that the artist has extracted from local photo-study collections to expose the material processes that documentary photography uses to convey information and reveal how a picture’s context determines its meaning.
Erlea Maneros Zabala (b. 1977, Bilbao, Basque Country) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2002. She has been included in such notable exhibitions as Manifesta 8, Murcia/Cartagena, Spain; After the Final Simplification of Ruins, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; and Meanwhile, in another place, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Basque Country. She has had solo exhibitions at Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway; Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; Carreras Múgica, Bilbao; Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles; Seamen's Art Club, Hamburg, Germany; and Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco.