List of Exhibitions and Events

List of exhibitions and events

ARCHIVE  (2015-2018)



Paloma Ayala (b.1980, Matamoros, Mexico) is a visual artist interested in empowering the relationship between domestic living strategies and political contexts. She is a diaspora mother and a mestiza daughter whose work fictionalizes historical, ecological or social problematics as means of analysis and critique. Paloma´s projects nourish visions of connection between human and more than human spheres, they dream of emancipation from marginalizing dominant structures, and emphasize practices of care across different topographies and borders. Her favorite spaces to work range from kitchen to river shore, from international crossing bridge to agricultural land, from community meeting to aquelarre. Her work takes the form of publications, videos, installations, reading/cooking sessions, and zine workshops directed to different public, including humans outside of cultural institutions.

Paloma’s work is rooted in her home, the eastern US/MX border landscapes, simultaneously blooming in her current base in Zurich. She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Universidad de Monterrey 2002), a Teaching Degree (Arte AC 2003) and a Master in Fine Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste 2017).

Her professional background as a teacher and community worker has led to the development of a community praxis focused on care. She is part of the all womxn
BadLab Collective, practicing domestic hacks since 2019. She collaborates with curator Adriana Dominguez as heads of the MEXA! Independent Mexican Publications Archive for VOLUMES, visibilizing Latin American narratives in the European context. She collaborates in the music project KARAOKE READINGS with queer border musician Luna León. She collaborates with curator Gökçe Ergör in the this room called GROUND program hosted by Les Cómplices*. She co-founded ExpoTranskultur, organization focused on developing intercultural bonds in Switzerland.

Selected Exhibitions:

Images from my soul´s eye, DISTRICT Berlin, 2021
Monument, solo exhibition, Platteforum Denver, 2020
Letters from Onion Island, solo exhibition, Les Complices* Zürich, 2019
In der Suche...nach Zürich, Helmhaus Zürich, 2019
Border Bienal, MACT Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Tamaulipas, Matamoros, 2018
Auswahl 16, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 2016

Her work has been showed in Switzerland (Aargauer Kunsthaus, Helmhaus, Les Complices*, La Cápsula, OnCurating Space, sic! Elephant House, Das Feministische Kapital, OTO Museum, Hochrhein Triennale), in DISTRICT Berlin, in New Delhi (SAA University Gallery), in Mexico (Monterrey, MACT Matamoros) and in USA (Platteforum Denver).

«Привет Complicxs, das ist ein Loveletter 4U»

by Vic Kiefer for RosaRot: Zeitschrift für Feminismus und Geschlechterfragen, Nr. 60
An der Grenze zwischen Wahrheit und Fiktion»

by Vic Kiefer for Die Republik
Artist Profile: Paloma Ayala»

by Cori Anderson for DARIA Denver Art Review, Inquiry, and Analysis