1968, Mexico City
Sofía Táboas investigates both natural and man-made space; how it is built and transformed, thought about and perceived. This interest is evident in the materials she uses in her sculptures and installations: artificial and live plants, mosaics, pool equipment, construction materials, plastic, light bulbs, and fire, among others. Her work creates a threshold, a boundary between elements that may be incongruent or seemingly irreconcilable, that serves to reinvent the borders of the public and the private, the inside and the outside. Táboas deftly manipulates space to create interactive structures and contexts where materials can be interpreted on new terms. Despite its seeming formal sobriety, her work is capable of creating habitats, such as floating gardens or underwater scenes, exploring new protozoan life, and give rise to new movement and perception exercises. Influenced by the Arte Povera and Neo-concrete movements, Táboas’ practice can be thought of as an archeology of the future, in which the use of common materials serves to breach the gap separating us from what is outside, of a distant tomorrow, surrounding the spectator with the familiar, in the here and now.
Sofía Táboas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNAM, Mexico City (1986-1990). During the 90s, she was a founding member of the alternative space Temístocles 44 in Mexico City.
Sofía Táboas currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico
Her most important exhibitions include: Intermediate Key, kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2019); Azul sólido, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Spain (2016); Sofía Táboas. Verde Terrestre, Galería Bacelos, Madrid, Spain (2015); Piedra Principio, Fundación RAC, Pontevedra, Spain (2014); Revisiones Superficies Límites, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2011); Cinco Jardines Flotantes Para Cinco Piedras, Casa de Lago Juan José Arreola, Mexico City (2009); Azul Pacífico, Casa Barragán, Mexico City (2008); Silvestre, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, (2002).
Additionally, she has participated in group exhibitions at the following institutions: FRAC Bourgogne in Dijon, France (2014); Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2013); Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) Long Beach, California, United States (2012); MUCA-UNAM (Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte), Mexico City, (2008); The Moore Building, Miami, United States (2002).