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Discover the art of Johanna Unzueta whenever and wherever you are with this new online exhibition. 

During Modern Art Oxford’s temporary closure, this page will be dedicated to bringing you visually stunning and thought-provoking alternatives to visiting our acclaimed exhibition, Johanna Unzueta: Tools for Life, which was due to be on show in the gallery from 8 February – 10 May 2020.

“Finally, this type of armchair gallery going has reached the point where it is really effective. I highly recommend this.” – Antonia Cunliffe, That’s Not My Age

Enter Tools for Life online and discover new insights into Johanna Unzueta’s works with short videos, behind-the-scenes moments, curator’s notes, children’s activities and more.

Virtual Exhibition – Johanna Unzueta: Tools for Life

About Johanna Unzueta: Tools for Life

Tools for Life marks the first ever UK solo exhibition of New York-based Chilean artist Johanna Unzueta (b. 1974). Full of humanity and alive with meaning, the works in the exhibition reflect Unzueta’s interest in shared histories of community, geography, nature and labour practices. Combining elements from Chilean craft techniques, natural tinting processes and repetitive mechanised movement, through her art Unzueta explores labour’s technological, historical and social impact on the human condition, and its relationship to nature. Through her manipulation of materials, scale, and manual processes, Unzueta draws the humanity out of the industrial. Tools for Life prompts us to consider the unseen human actions and efforts required to produce the objects and technologies we so unthinkingly rely on in our everyday lives.


Showreel - Johanna Unzueta silent films

Time lapse - The making of Johanna Unzueta's wall mural



Very beautiful exhibition. And judging from the preview party, Johanna Unzueta is as inspiring and humane as her work. Thank you @mao_gallery for bringing yet another amazing artist to town!

— Visitor

I thought this exhibition was fantastic! Unzueta's recreation of everyday objects with unconventional materials was a very effective reminder not to take the labour-intensive technologies and tools around us for granted.

— Visitor

So incredibly moved by this today

— Visitor

Supported by

Johanna Unzueta Exhibition Circle, and Modern Art Oxford’s Commissioning Circle