A preview of Melanie Smith's solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston:
Mexico is widely known for its history of revolutions and struggles. Constant struggles with government and gangs have led artists to work in the political sphere, seeking answers and forcing audiences to take sides. Melanie Smith doesn’t offer answers. Instead, she seeks reverberation. Smith’s current exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, part of the museum’s Perspectives series, focuses on three video installations: Elevator, Bulto: Fragments, and Xilitla: Dismantled 1.
Although she’s originally from Great Britain, Smith is one of the best-known Mexican artists working today. Born in Poole, England, Smith now resides in Mexico City, creating cinematic installations that, in the beginning, showcased the eccentricities of the sprawling chaos that is her adopted city. Her early video work focused on analyzing the bustling markets as well as the physical expanse of the city she lives in. However, her new approach to film has become more sensual, poetic, and surreal.