Débora Delmar_ Stressed, blessed and coffee obsessed

posted on December 19th 2018 in with 0 Comments

31 January 2019 – 30 March 2019 all-day

opening 2.2.19 h.18

31.1.19 > 30.03.19


“Coffee is the only place where discourse creates reality, where gigantic plans, utopian dreams and anarchic conspiracies are born without having to leave your chair”.                             



Cafés as hybrid places between function and leisure, consumption and production, social and personal. Débora Delmar (1986) project is an attempt to bring links between Cafés function and the gallery space as well as the way of using aesthetic choices these influence our behavior inside them.

Débora Delmar is investigating consumer culture, capitalistic lifestyle, and aspirational aesthetic. She is particularly focused on class issues and globalization effects on daily lives, as well as cultural hegemony and gendered, racial and class images used in advertising.

“Stressed, blessed and coffe obsessed” is more than a quote; it is a way of being connected to contemporary issues like the furious pace of our society and it underlines how social consciousness can be reinforced by consumers habits.

At GALLLERIAPIU, the artist works draw from the influence of European Café Culture in the development of cities, social relationships and interactions and in contemporary lifestyle. The European Café originally as a social hub that has been transformed from a place for artists and intellectuals to gather to nowadays becoming depending to the context either a symbol of status, hipsterism, or tradition.

Café’s traditional identity as intellectual and artist’s hubs for cultural production have nowadays shifted. Global coffee chains have been appropriating from the original European Café style architecture, furniture and decor. By doing so, these contemporary consumer spaces have fashioned fictional authentic aesthetics and experiences. Café becomes a brand keeping a typical specific image.

In the gallery, the artist draws from her iPhone captured images collected during her travels and visits to cafés and merchandising sites, in cities such as Mexico City, Vienna, Beijing, Venice and London where she currently lives and works, creating an installation-environment that branches off throughout the exhibition space with a series of unpublished works and a sound installation, which raise links and meta reflections on the logic of the bar and the gallery.

Stressed, Blessed and Coffee Obsessed will be supplemented by the publication of a poster and two bulletins in collaborations with Droste Effect Magazine, curated by Vincenzo Estremo. Those bulletins will merge into a publication that will be presented at the end of the exhibition. The bulletins designed by Vincenzo Estremo e Débora Delmar will firstly investigate on the entire practice of the Mexican artist based in London, and then they will analyze some social and political issues connected to Café dissemination in Europe and Latin America. Starting from a cross-disciplinary attitude and relying on cultural studies, the artist and the curator will piece together some theoretical and iconographic documents in order to share all the different facets of the globalized culture of coffee and Cafés.



Débora Delmar (1986, Mexico City) lives and works in London where she is completing the Postgraduate Programme at the Royal Academy of Arts. She previously attended the School of Visual Arts in NY. Her work explores global consumer culture in the 21st century  and corporate aspirational aesthetics impact on everyday life. Delmar frequently creates multi- sensory installations composed of appropriated and solely authored images and intervened everyday objects as well as fabricated sculptures. In her installations she frequently  utilises  elements such as scent, sound, and online interventions. The work of Débora Delmar has been presented in solo and group exhibitions including the 9th Berlin Biennale (Berlin), Museo Universitareo del Chopo (Mexico City), Modern Art Oxford (Oxford, UK), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Denver), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca