Mariela Sancari was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She lives and works in Mexico City since 1997. Self-taught artist who reclaims practice and thought outside the hegemonic circuits of validation and training.
Her work revolves around truthfulness and fiction in images, using personal narratives to explore the boundaries of the scope of photography as a means of representation. It refers to the affective dimension, yet not sentimental, of autobiographical work, as well as formal explorations of the medium, through questions related to staging and self-referentiality in photographic practice.
Founder of FOLIO, the public photobook collection of Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, she has published 3 photobooks: Moisés (La Fábrica, 2015), Mr. & Dr. (This books is true, 2017) in collaboration with writer Adolfo Córdova and The two headed horse. Reenactment in ten acts (Asunción Casa Editora, 2021).
She has received numerous awards: winner of the VI Yucatán National Visual Arts Biennial 2013 and the PHotoEspaña 2014 Discovery Award, her work was selected at the XVI Biennial of Photography of the Centro de la Imagen and received an Honorable Mention at the XI Monterrey FEMSA Biennial, among others and has participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Athens, Barcelona, Bratislava, Buenos Aires, Busan, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Houston, Jaipur, Los Angeles, London, Madrid.