Eden is a Magic World is a story of obsession. The central figure of Calderón’s book is Flor Eduarda, a former child actress in her native Mexico. After Carrusel (the hugely successful telenovela she appeared in as an infant) began screening around the world, Eduarda started to receive letters from a besotted admirer, Choi Chun Moon, an 18 year old student based in Seoul, Korea.
Moon’s letters demand that Eduarda reply in her own handwriting, so that he may study her spirit, and also send pictures of herself to him. While the offscreen persona of Eduarda remains a mystery to the obsessive Moon, Calderón happily obliges our own curiosities by providing insight into Eduarda’s private life—no longer the innocent girl of television. Capturing many lost days and nights spent between the pair, Calderón’s images detail a close friendship, and Calderón’s subsequent and brilliant transformation into Eduarda’s number one fan.
Within Eden is a Magic World, Calderón’s own obsession, coupled with that of his rival Moon’s resembles the building melodramatic narrative of a soap opera. Hints of attraction develop into hidden displays of longing and keep the viewer guessing. In the end, ultimately, Calderón’s story of Eduarda avoids a clear resolve, continuing evermore as it would on the small screen.
Mexico City based artist Miguel Calderón has exhibited worldwide, with notable solo exhibitions at the Kurimanzutto gallery and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York among others. In addition, his work has been shown at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Museo Carilo Gil, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Mass MOCA, the Sao Paolo Bienal, the Bussan bienale and the Yokohama Trienale. His work will appear an the upcoming exhibition at Regen Projects in Fall 2011, and he will have a retrospective of his work at the Rochester Art Center in Minneapolis in 2012.
450 total edition run, signed and numbered
Limited edition (50) with 4×5 print
COVER: Camomile uncoated
PAGES: Mohawk Uncoated 148GSM
Case bound hardback with exposed spine and dust jacket with additional silkscreen.