Buenos Aires 1940
Lives and works Buenos Aires
A pioneer in a great variety of artistic practices and explorations, Eduardo Costa developed his oeuvre investigating the material nature and the conceptualism in art. Throughout six decades of career, he has been using diverse strategies including verbal poetry, happening, fictional interventions in communication media, rock songs, utilitarian applications of art in public space, or volumetric paintings among others. He begun literature studies becoming a student of a famous writer Jorge Luis Borges, who instilled in him a concept of literature and language as a system of ideas. From then on, one of recurring interests in his practice has been an exploration, through different methodologies, of how to think of artistic actions and objects in a relation to language, orality and fiction.
Pessac, France, 1978
Lives and works in Bordeaux
Benoît Maire’s practice revolves around the interaction of objects, images, words, and philosophical ideas and how they might co-exist and transform over time. His process is one of collage, montage, and editing. His compositions are assemblages of different elements that he selects, organizes, condenses, modifies, and juxtaposes into one large scenario of ongoing performative life. For Maire the point lies in the performance of an idea, rather than in any finite manifestation. While philosophy is a consistent reference, Maire uses it more as a metaphor than as a theoretical support. Since he sees philosophy as a tool, he has been drawn to the concept of the tool, or, more specifically, to the idea of a measuring tool. Unlike a philosopher, Maire doesn’t intend to frame a problem and define it, but, in his words, to create a “puddle” that is meant to spread and grow over time.
Hundested, Denmark, 1976
Lives and works in Berlin
Beier makes work that deals in the tropes of the image-world, from art history to stock images. The cornucopia, replayed in the coffee cups with beans pouring out of them, was once a sign of wealth and abundance yet now comes to represent loss and waste – and is hence tagged as such in image banks. Digestion becomes regurgitation; scarcity becomes minimalism; object becomes image. But there is always continuity, through whatever warped paths – the symbol remains, in always different forms, with always different meanings, but, as Beier has noted, inexhaustible even as it slips into different registers, received and passed on by the silently changing range of feeling and thought available to be attached to an image/object/form/idea at each embedded moment, coded through matrices of gender, labour, value, commerce, the mythologies of advertising, the aura of art and the signification of its material base.
Excerpts from Alex Scrimgeour’s introduction to the publication Cash for Gold, 2016.
Cali, Colombia, 1972
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Bucher graduated with a Masters in Film from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded a fellowship at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. His work and research spans a wide range of interests and media, focusing on problems relating to the ethical and esthetic problems of cinema and television and of the image in the inter dimensional field.
San Luis Potosí, México, 1976
Lives and works in Mexico City
Graduated from Columbia University, New York in 2003. His work focuses on various aspects of modernity and its legacy in contemporary art.The sculptural objects and installations become starting points of a discussion of the structures that form the perception of the viewing subjects that interact with them, whereas a different group of works with strong references to graphic design, touch upon the theme of communication and the diffusion and reception of information. Seen in this light Cerrillo’s abstract works can be read as alternative systems of representation and investigations of the relationship between object and subject.
London, UK, 1982
Lives and works in Berlin
Simon Fujiwara has created a complex and rich body of interconnecting works that encompass performance, film, installations, sculptures and texts. Bringing personal experiences both real and imagined into contact with larger historical events, his expansive practise has been described as an ‘autobiographical journey through the architecture of modern life – constantly rebuilt as it is retold’. His exhibitions and projects often function as invisible structures in which players – family members, real-life friends, historic figures – and events past and the future cohabit and interact generating scenarios in which the real and the imagined are no longer distinguishable. Often appearing himself within his works and shifting into various guises, Fujiwara’s personal narratives form an unstable core from which the world is observed and re-performed, confronting us with our notions of truth, authenticity, morality and the credibility of the artist.
Monclova, Mexico, 1975
Lives and Works in Mexico City
Mario García Torres creates cinematic narratives that explore obscure histories and personalities associated with conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s. He presents his projects in a variety of media, including video, installation, photography, and sculpture, and he often uses antiquated technology, such as 16-mm film and slide projections, to parallel the era he is revisiting. For each work, García Torres researches evidence and myths related to relatively unknown events from the larger, more well-known moments of that specific period in art history. Embellishing these events through reenactment and fictionalized narrative, his work analyzes how history is constructed and interpreted. By juxtaposing facts with imagined scenes and dialogue, García Torres also emphasizes how the division between truth and fiction is blurred. He also investigates subjectivity and nostalgia and how they come into play through author and reader biases when history is retold.
Göttingen, Germany, 1968
Lives and works in Berlin
The work of Christian Jankowski is a performance, which engages often unsuspecting collaborators to innocently collude with him, making them 'co-authors' of the final result. They often (sometimes inadvertently) participate in the very conceptualization of the work. The collaborative nature of Jankowski's practice is paramount, as each participant unwittingly contributes his or her own texture. There is as much emphasis on the journey as the destination, and the risks and chances inherent in his collaborations ultimately give surprising shape to the final works. The inherently populist influence of omnipresent television is evident throughout Jankowski's work.
Lives and works in London
Marie Lund graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2004. Marie Lund’s poetic works are formed as conceptual investigations of objects, forms and materials, often focused on the interaction between the human body and the object as well as the relation between surface and content, abstraction and its reference to a specific reality. Her sculptural objects frequently place themselves in a limbo between image and solid object and the notion of medium often flickers in a complex alternation between painting, photography and sculpture. Thus rethinking not only the idea of the object, but also the space and the experience that surrounds it.
Mexico City, Mexico, 1979
Lives and works in Mexico City
Through a research encompassing a variety of media the practice of Pérez Córdova focuses on the seemingly paradoxical relationship between the materiality of making and its inherent narrativity. Her work looks at objects as ciphers for abstract situations, still remaining faithful to their formal and conceptual coordinates. In Perez Córdova’s practice, the clashing between an object’s temporality and its physical appearance reveals the unexpected emerging of personal narratives, interrupted stories, fragments of dialogues or simple abstract moods, transforming her sculpturally-rich vocabulary into a quasi-performative approach to object-making.
Los Angeles, USA,1976
Lives and works in Guadalajara, México
He received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. After a brief stay in Berlin ,where he initiated his traveling project Salon Aleman, Eduardo Sarabia moved to the country of his ancestors. His works are largely inspired by local economies and folk history of northern Mexico. He frequently works with materials favored by the local craftsmen, using ceramics and hand-woven materials.
Julia Rometti, France, 1975,
Victor Costales, Belarus, 1974,
Live and work México City
Julia Rometti and Victor Costales treat nature as a space for political inscription.If globalization has tended to configure an international code (aesthetic and otherwise), they are part of an emerging generation of artists forging a path out of this code. Their work should be considered against the backdrop of postcolonial practice and‘peripheral’ art, whose anthropophagist strategy of appropriation and syncretism – intended as a form of cultural resistance – has in retrospect continued to reproduce the same hegemonic culture it sought to contest. The particularity of their work lays not only in its multifacetedness, but also in the positing of local models for global thought. This strategic reversal advocates what the noted curator Gerardo Mosquera recently termed the ‘from here’ paradigm. In this, artists become active constructors of their own meta-culture, drawing from their personal, historical, cultural, linguistic and social contexts and projecting them internationally. Rometti Costales work toward such an epistemological transformation, shifting from an aesthetic operation of creative incorporation towards one of direct international construction.