1968, Mexico City
Sofía Táboas investigates both natural and man-made spaces, examining how they are constructed, transformed, contemplated and perceived. Her interests are evident in the materials she utilizes and activates in her sculptures and installations, including artificial and live plants, mosaics, pool equipment, construction materials, plastic, light bulbs, fire, among others. Her work creates a threshold—a boundary between elements that may appear incongruous or irreconcilable—that serves to redefine the boundaries of the public and the private, the interior and the exterior. Táboas adeptly manipulates space to create interactive structures and contexts where materials can be reinterpreted on new terms. Despite its ostensibly formal sobriety, her work has the capacity to create habitats, such as floating gardens or underwater scenes, and explore new protozoan life, with the potential to alter perceptions, movements, and material attributes. Influenced by the Arte Povera and Neo-Concrete movements, Táboas’s practice might be conceived of as an archeology of the future, where the use of common materials helps bridge the gap that separates us from what lies outside or a distant tomorrow—while enveloping us in the familiar, here and now.
Táboas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City (1986-1990). In the 1990s, she was a founding member of the alternative space Temístocles 44in Mexico City.
Sofía Táboas currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico
Solo exhibitions include: dia cronía, Casa Ortega México, Mexico City (2023); Sofía Táboas: Gama térmica, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico (2022); and Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2021); Azul extensivo, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City (2016); Azul sólido, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Spain (2016); Sofía Táboas. Verde Terrestre, Galería Bacelos, Madrid (2015); Piedra principio, Fundación RAC, Pontevedra, Spain (2013); Revisiones. Sofía Táboas, 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 Luis Barragán, Mexico City (2008); Silvestre, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2002), among others.
Past group exhibitions include: TODOS JUNTOS (All Together), kurimanzutto, New York, NY (2022); El cordón umbilical retiniano, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo (ESPAC), Mexico City (2018); Lugar: contingencias de uso, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2017); Post Neo Mexicanismos, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo (ESPAC), Mexico City (2016); Strange Pilgrims, The Contemporary Austin, TX (2015); Strange Currencies. Art & Action in Mexico City 1990–2000, The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA (2015); Gares & Connexions, FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2013); Panorámica 2013–1969, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2013); Play with me, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA (2012); Recent past: new acquisitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA (2011); Superficies del deseo, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC-UNAM), Mexico City (2010); Edén, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City (2003); Siete dilemas: Diálogos en el arte mexicano, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2002), among others.