Carmen Amengual is an interdisciplinary artist from Argentina, based in Los Angeles.
Through engagement with research, archives, literature, myths, and oral histories, her work examines the interstices between memory, biography and history. Carmen Amengual is interested in the transmissibility of experience within and across generations, and the legacies of worlds about to be lost, from endangered or extinct political imaginaries to biological life. Her projects often take shape as multi-media installations in which paintings, sculptures, films, sound and written pieces resonate one over another creating oblique layers of meaning.
Currently, Carmen Amengual is investigating an episode in the movement of solidarity among Third World countries in the 1970s: the first Third World Film Committee, held in Algiers in 1973. Stemming from a tenuous archive, her project Fragments from Algiers explores the story of dreams and political organizing that are condensed in this event and the historical forces that determined its narrative. Investigating the revolutionary potential of friendship and the praxis of a democratic sociability that happened through letters, conversations, and smuggling of books and films, the project follows the steps of four South American friends who, after organizing the encounter, made plans to film a documentary on the decolonial movements in the region.
Carmen Amengual’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. at Human Resources, E.D. Freeman Gallery and Dread Lounge (Los Angeles); table (Chicago); and in Latin America at Biquini Wax EPS (Mexico City), Museo Trabucco and EFC (Buenos Aires). Carmen Amengual holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Buenos Aires.