Gabriela López Portillo

(Mexico, 1966)


Mexico City artist Gabriela López Portillo created a two-part project for inSITE94 installed at the Centro Cultural Tijuana. Entitled Towers/Torres and No Return/No regreso, the two pieces poetically resonated with each other in terms of material and form. No Return was a delicate ladder woven from the artist’s own hair and suspended in mid-air. The second piece, Towers, was made of cut and polished black marble pieces stacked to form tapered towers out of which braids of human hair wound like serpents. The artist stated that she wanted to create a piece that drew from her own being and reference the limitations society places on women.

Curator: Walther Boelsterly
Organizer: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes on behalf of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes
Venue: Centro Cultural Tijuana