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 numerous museums and institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America, including important solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bogotá; Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá; and Museo Rayo, Roldanillo. She has frequently participated in art fairs and exhibitions such as the Salón de Arte Joven-Artecámara, 2005 and 2007; the Salón Regional de Artistas, Zona Centro, 2015; representing Colombia at ARCO Madrid, 2015; the SITIO section of ArtBo, 2015; and AIPAD The Photography Show, New York, 2017. Marmorek was nominated for the PremioBienal de Arte de Bogotá in 2010, and in 2017, she received the nomination for the most prestigious art award in Colombia: the IX Premio Luis Caballero Award for Contemporary Art. Recently, she held two solo exhibitions in Europe and participated in Barcelona’s 2019 LOOP festival.