GINZA SIX 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Claudia Peña Salinas, Tlaloque East, 2018, 61 × 61 × 61 cm

Photo by Kei Okano
Photo by Kei Okano
Photo by Kei Okano

Current Exhibition

Claudia Peña Salinas Atlpan

September 7, 2019 - November 8 2019

THE CLUB is pleased to present “Atlpan”, the first solo exhibition of Mexican born female multi-disciplinary artist Claudia Peña Salinas in Japan. Peña Salinas lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her works are inspired by Mexican landscape, indigenous ideas, and mythology, and are in international museum collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art. For this exhibition, Peña Salinas has created new works during her stay at Nagano prefecture, Japan, starting with her research into the figure of Chalchiuhtlicue (1) and taking inspiration from hikes around the mountains in search of natural objects for her sculptures, and from the Japanese folklore story “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” (2).

―Research, travel and the process of collecting inform my practice. The work unfolds as a sort of travelogue that compresses past and present, vernacular and sacred, through the building of a personal narrative and the research of aesthetic, political and historical issues of interest to me. ― Claudia Peña Salinas

The title of the exhibition, “Atlpan” comes from Nahuatl (3). “Atl” means water and “Pan” as a prefix means place. The exhibition consists of four hanging works which divide the gallery space. They are inspired by the traditional Japanese architecture of Shōji-doors or windows consisting of translucent paper over a wooden frame, four sculptural works placed directly on the floor and a new video focusing on language through the figure of Chalchiutlicue and the Nahuatl words for water (atl) and moon (metztli)

(1) Chalchiuhtlice is the Mesoamerican deity related to water, rain, sea, and fertility.
(2)The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter: Also known as The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) which is after its protagonist. It is about the life of a mysterious moon child called Kaguya, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
(3) Nahuatl is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken mainly in central Mexico by about 1.5 million people.


Claudia Peña Salinas(1975-) Born in Mexico in 1975. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Peña Salinas received her BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and received her MFA from Hunter College, New York in 2009. She has exhibited at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan; The Queens Museum of Art, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and The Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico. Residencies and awards include Arizona State University Art Museum, The Lower Manhattan City Council, Process Space, New York, and SOMA residency, Mexico City. Peña Salinas is a recipient of The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.

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