Adriana Marmorek was born in Bogotá in 1969. She developed her career around publicity and television, from which she would later borrow certain elements and rethink them through the artistic practice. She earned a Masters in Plastic and Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Marmorek began as a sculptor, later expanding her horizons toward other mediums such as photography, video, installation, and most importantly, what she defines as “Architecture of the Desire,” an investigation exploring concepts of desire and pleasure using erotic, social, historical and human elements. This is an evolutionary and contemporary concept that defines the parameters of the Colombian artist’s creative activity, and constitutes a sociological analysis about desire in our world..
In Marmorek’s brilliant career there is a clear line of work, a personal mark that evolves and flourishes around the concepts of desire and pleasure. Her artistic expression is not limited to the erotic element, but also incorporates social, historical and human elements fundamentally relative to the Western world’s imagination and questioning.
For Marmorek the direct intervention of the spectator in the work of art is fundamental. Objects such as mirrors, built-in rooms, windows or projections in the walls and ceilings serve as an outlet for voyeurism, vigilance, autoanalysis and introspection, and also as a converging element for centuries of artistic tradition and sociocultural assimilations. The spectators participating action contributes to the ultimate and utmost complete creation.
Marmorek’s work has been exhibited in several museums and institutions nationally, as well as internationally in countries such as Ecuador, Argentina, Italy, Belgium, Austria and the U.S. Her works are represented in several public and private collections. She participated in the Salón de Arte Joven-Artecámara, 2007, was nominated for the Premio Bienal de Arte de Bogotá, 2010, and participated in the Salón Regional de Artistas, Zona Centro, 2015. Additionally, she represented Colombia at ARCO Madrid, 2015, participated in the SITIO section of ArtBo 2015, and exhibited solo at AIPAD The Photography Show New York 2017. Most recently, Marmorek was nominated for the Luis Caballero Award for Contemporary Art in 2017, the most prestigious art award in Colombia, followed by an exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogotá, Colombia.