Visual Arts World Premiere Mexico / Germany

Mariana Castillo Deball

Replaying Life’s Tape

Presented with Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)

Free Event

Castillo Deball’s richly presented objects radiate contextual strata fused with visual depth and discovery.


Free Event

Some artists take a long view of history, but few cast their gaze as far as Mariana Castillo Deball. Her canvas is deep time, often drawing on the practices of Western sciences such as anthropology, archaeology and paleontology to reconfigure our understanding of history and our place within it.

An area north of Adelaide is home to recently discovered fossils that resulted in the naming of an entirely new period in our planet’s geological history, the Ediacaran Period. In 2018 Castillo Deball undertook a site visit to the Ediacara Hills to document the sandstone-based impressions, using techniques to capture images often more readable than the fossils themselves.

For her new project at MUMA she drills a wormhole through time to this unimaginably far off era, combining objects and viewing technologies to unearth new understandings of history, site and life itself.

Opening Event

Sat 5 October 3—5pm

Join us for the opening of this special exhibition. Free and no RSVP required.


Hannah Mathews

This exhibition has been supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

Mariana Castillo Deball. Ediacara panorama, 2019. Courtesy the artist.