MIGUEL ANGEL RÍOS (b. 1943, Argentina/Lives in New York and Mexico)
"...I make visible the violent moment in which we live, where we feel that life has no value. It is competition, power, violence, and chaos. The viewer may choose to identify with the powerful or with the vulnerable..."
Miguel Angel Ríos studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to New York in the 1970s to escape the military dictatorship in Argentina. He subsequently relocated to Mexico and now divides his time between the U.S. and Mexico.
In his work, Ríos pairs a rigorous conceptual approach with a meticulously constructed, often handmade aesthetic. Since the 1970s, he has made work about the concept of the "Latin American," using this idea as both an artistic strategy and a political problem. In the 1990s, he began creating a series of maps, which he carefully folded and pleated by hand. Marking the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of the Americas, the maps indicate long histories of power and colonial experience, and they reference traditional indigenous arts in the Americas, including the Andean quipu.
Since the early-2000s, Ríos has also delved into the medium of video to create symbolic narratives about human experience, violence, and mortality. His videos of spinning tops--trompos--use the childhood game of tops as a backdrop for a meditation on the transience of life and the mechanics of power. In his 2012 Untitled video from The Ghost of Modernity, Ríos references high Modernism--with direct nods to John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Donald Judd--in the midst of the Mexican desert. "Is this ghostly geometric figure a lens through which the world can be reinterpreted?" the artist asks. "Or is it the paradigmatic principle of modernist thought that organizes the world around it? Are we inside or outside the cube?"
21 C Museum Hotel, Lexington, KY, USA
Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
Cisneros Fontalnals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA
Colección Isabel y Augustín Coppel
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA
Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo, "La Caixa", Barcelona, Spain
Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain
Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
The Art, a Hotel, Denver, CO, USA
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA
Leading contemporary conceptual artist Miguel Angel Ríos and his video Crudo, 2008, on view at The University of Texas at Austin.
A French and a Swiss curator – Paul Ardenne, art historian and author of an authoritative work on the art of the Anthropocene epoch, and Barbara Polla, writer and initiator of an Environment and Health Program of the University of Geneva – have been organizing yearly video reviews since 2011 for showcasing the most progressive works of video art. This year, exceptionally, the event is held in Hungary, within the framework of Art Capital. In terms of thematics, the works share in common references to the relationship between the natural and built environments, to the global effects of human interventions, as well as to the memory of Paradise Lost and the idea of creating a new Eden.
We are urged to imagine a sustainable, beautiful, inviting world: to reconstruct Eden and a post-human way of being in the world.
Bienvenue au Paradis !
Dans le cadre de l'exposition TALKING ABOUT A REVOLUTION, conçue par Paul Ardenne, Visconti22 et VIDEO FOREVER ont le plaisir de vous inviter à la projection VIDEO FOREVER 36 *RÉSISTANCES À LA MARGE*