Meriana Castillo Deball, Parergon, 2014-15.

Mariana Castillo Deball


Hamburger Bahnhof

Parergon, an ambitious, operatic installation from Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball, explored the biographies of objects in various Ber­lin museums, particularly the Nationalgalerie. As the title, which means “supplementary work” or “by­­product,” suggests, the work examined and decrypted the history of these collections, their buildings, exhibits, and protagonists. Castillo Deball collected 20 different, and at first mysterious, objects—some specifically made for her installation, others on loan—choreographing their placement throughout the cavernous, railway-hall of the Ham­burger Bahnhof in such a way as to generate many frames of reference between them. …see the entire review in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.