Turismo Madrid


Carla Hayes' exhibition


The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum hosts a new temporary exhibition called "Memorias Castizas". The young artist Carla Hayes Mayoral invites us to a reflection on the Western colonial past through her art, read on! 

The museum's Kora program surprises every year with an original exhibition that delves from gender perspectives into various contemporary realities. In this fifth edition of the program, the young Málaga-born artist with African roots composes an exhibition in which she mixes the raffia technique with familiar images to the Western world.

Raffia is a fabric made from a natural African fiber that gives rise to numerous decorative elements, such as tapestries or capelines. The artist recovers this technique and superimposes it on the work of international masters such as Rubens, Linard or Hals, resulting in a display of contrasts, inspirations and frictions.

Thus, the exhibition can be described as mestizo, a mixture of two historical realities personified in the artist herself. Carla proposes a revision of the hegemonic narrative and calls for the recovery of the colonial vision in order to approach the interpretation of current phenomena, not only of the past. The artist excels in embroidery techniques, having made numerous paintings, banners and curtains.

Visitors will be able to see vases decorated with fabrics, large curtains woven with the raffia technique, dresses, banners, shawls or printed canvases.

The exhibition can be visited until May 15 in the Exhibition Hall on the 1st floor of the museum, in addition to rooms 19, 21 and 23 of the permanent collection of the center.


More information: "Memorias Castizas". Carla Hayes Mayoral at the Thyssen

Image credits: Exhibition rooms © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza