(Buenos Aires, 1998)
Inspired by the idea that every action prompts a reaction, the Argentine collective Doma creates fantastic, absurd and often playful universes that have a direct reference in the society they live in. The group, formed by Mariano Barbieri, Julian Pablo Manzelli, Matias Vigliano, and Orilo Blandini, came of age in 1998 amid the Argentinean political and economic collapse, immediately taking a critical stance, yet optimistic and fun, against the chaotic environment they experienced. Doma’s early urban interventions made the group one of the most important collective in the 1990s Buenos Aires. Currently, Doma works with various media, mainly audiovisual, creating animations, films, drawings, silkscreens, and sculptures, which are usually part of large installations. Their monumental plush toys not only challenge the visual perception, but also offer unusual points of view, forcing the viewer to an active reaction.
Doma’s artists have training in illustration, graphic and audiovisual design from the Buenos Aires University (UBA). In May 2008, they opened Turbo gallery, aiming at fostering and promoting local artists, in addition to their own initiatives. As a collective, the group has developed projects and exhibitions in some of the major art centers of the world, such as Buenos Aires (Contemporáneos II, Malba, 2003), Berlin (In Tango, 2004; Stupid Tank, Planet Prozess, 2007; Meat Tour, Berlin Neurotitan gallery, 2009), New York (Doma Exhibition, Zakka Corp., 2004), Barcelona (Doma Show, Maxalot, 2006), Mexico (Pictoplasma, 2006-2007), Santiago de Chile (Transferencia, Feria Chaco, 2011), São Paulo (Multiverso, LOGO gallery, 2014; Templo Criptométrico, 2012), and Toronto (This is Not a Toy, Design Exchange, 2014).