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Marco Montiel-Soto studied Photography and M.A. Sound Studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in South America, United States and Europe such as Museo de arte contemporáneo del Zulia Maczul, Maracaibo 2015; Galería Carmen Araujo, Caracas 2014; 5th Marrakech Biennale 2014; Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin 2014; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin 2013; Galería D21, Santiago de Chile 2013; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz 2012; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach 2011; Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin 2011; Savvy Contemporary, Berlin 2011; Kommunale Galerie, Berlin 2010; Espacio Al Borde, Maracaibo 2010; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2009; CCCB, Barcelona 2009. In 2013 he participated in Taller Bloc-D21 art residence program in Santiago de Chile, in 2015 participated in Lamosa Permanencias art residence program in Cuenca – Spain, and has been invited to participate in different projects for the Berliner künstler-daad program. In 2016 he has exhibited in ARCO Madrid, 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and in 2017 participated in documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.
In 2002, Marco embarked on a singular journey through Europe that began one Parisian summer day and ended in Barcelona at the end of that year. It was a journey that acquired exponential connotations when narrated through the filter of memory and became a testimonial version of events. The installation outlines a path that opens into multiple directions, as the visitor walks through the exhibition space listening to the narration of this journey. Five sound landscapes have been disseminated and altered with display of elements that represent Marco’s memories. It is an opportunity to enter into Marco’s memory as we listen to his voice-over repeating, time after time, the remembered phrases that shape stories into short narratives on his random encounters with one person after another and his willingness to continue moving forward in his journey. Coldness, friendship, solitude, protection, confusion, illusion, passion, and hallucinations occupy the comings and goings of memories that sometimes are lucid, but that at other times are unreliable. It is nevertheless, a journey that can only be taken through his memories. Through overlapping frequencies and small stories, Marco interprets the role of the exiled, tourists and curious urban.