Abraham GómezAne GraffAnna Rún TryggvadóttirGabriel Mestre ArriojaHéctor VargasHesselholdt & MejlvangMarja HelanderNikolina StällbornPablo CastilloPepe Mogt and Raymundo Barnet

Abraham Gómez
Lives in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico

Abraham Gómez is an experimental photographer influenced by contemporary conceptual art. He directs his gaze towards his native Chamula, and explores by questioning his role as artist-observer in the context of his Tsotsil-speaking community and in that of the art world today. “My photographs depict a part of how we live today… everyday life, suffering, collectivism, the transformation and the history of Chamula.” Born in Ichinton, Chamula, Gómez works in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, and continues to form part of the Ichinton traditional community. He lives there with his wife, the linguist and professor, Margarita Martínez.

Gómez was a prize-winning bilingual writer, in Tsotsil and Spanish, before he took up photography.  In 2012, he began studying photography with Luis Aguilar at the Gimnasio de Arte, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.  Later he attended the Seminary of Contemporary Photography in the San Agustin Art Center in Oaxaca. Among his photography exhibitions are: Chiapaneco – Contemporary Indigenous Photography and Film from Chiapas, en Galerie der Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin, Germany, and Between Thanatos and Hypnos, from the Colectivo Fotografia Conteporanea Chipapaneca (Focochi), in San Cristrobal de las Casas, Chiapas. His work is also featured in the photography book Reveal and Detonate (Mexico, 2016).

Ane Graff

Lives and works between Amsterdam and Oslo.

A poetic fusion of the natural and synthetic, Norwegian artist and research fellow at the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts, Ane Graff, explores how we define the distinction between the analogue and the digital. Graff’s recent sculptures call attention to the alchemical forces at play in our daily lives, where objects are transformed by deep time geology and the present day touch of the human hand.

Ane Graff became a research fellow at the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts in 2015, where she is currently doing a 3-year project titled “Why Matter Matters: Questions of Materiality in the Physical World”. The project combines knowledge from the sciences, philosophy, and feminist science studies with poetry, reflecting upon matter and materiality. A selection of recent exhibitions, will be: What Oscillates, 2017, The 11th Gwangju Biennale, The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju, ROK, Surround Audience, The New Museum Triennial 2015, NY, USA, Distant Moods in a Blue Evening, Cesis Art Festival 2015, Riga, LV. She will be part of the Nordic pavilion in Venice 2019.

Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir 

Lives and works in Reykjavik and Berlin

Tryggvadóttir uses raw materials to investigate the intersection between the natural and the humanly constructed. She gives the materials structure, space and time to manifest their agency or potential narrative within a processual installations. The framework is set but the materials have full autonomy to play out their act in unpredictable ways. These situations bring the focus away from a goal-oriented narrative and place the emphasis on the process itself, the endless unfolding.

Tryggvadóttir has shown her work in Galleries and Museums internationally, most recently solo exhibitions at the Reykjavík Art Museum, Hverfisgallerí and ASÍ Art Museum in Iceland, a solo exhibition at The MAI Montreal Canada, artist residency at The Banff Centre Canada and residency and exhibition at The Disko Arts Festival Oqaatsut Greenland.

She is currently making a large-scale land art sculpture in Thingvellir national park in Iceland on commission by the Cycle Music and Arts Festival in Iceland

Héctor Vargas

Lives and works in Mexico City

Hector Vargas is a Mexican visual artist whose main interest lays on the possibilities of drawing. The youngest member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular – TGP (People’s Graphic Workshop, est. 1937) and one of the most prominent figurative draughtsmen, he explores notions such as masculinity, physicality, struggle, violence, fight and contact sports and the always revisited concepts of human condition and high culture.

Exhibitions include: Museo de Arte Moderno Mexico City (2011, 2012, 2013). “A Call for Drawings: Symposium”, Academy of Art, Utrecht (2014); Recent Gifts & Adquisitions”, The Mexican Museum, San Francisco California (2014). “Aislamiento”, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño (CPAPD) Havanna (2015); El Tigre de Malfica, Gimnasio Rafael Trejo, 12ava. Havanna Bienal (2015), 1era. Bienal del Sur, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas (2015). Artist in Residence Helliden Art Academy, Tidaholm Sweden; Guapo, H. Kunsthandel, Copenhagen (2016); Performing the Drawing, Masterclass with William Kentridge, Columbia University, New York, (2016). “Bismarck”, The Ballery, Berlin, (2017). He has been lecturer at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, CEDINCI Buenos Aires, The Mexican Museum- California, The Carlos Cruz Diez Museum, Venezuela and the University of Stanford among others. He lives and works in Mexico City.

Hesselholdt & Mejlvang

Live and work in Copenhagen, Denmark

Hesselholdt & Mejlvang is the working-name of an artist duo that is based in Denmark, which was established in 1999 during Sofie Hesselholdt (1974) and Vibeke Mejlvang’s (1976) years of studying. The inherent condition of being two artists working together is almost symptomatic of the character of their work. Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s practice could be described as tricky rebuses: puzzling and engaging, but never readable as singular statements. Their works are mostly built of several identifiable objects or readymades, National identity, Eurocentrism, and the creation of a collective are the focal themes in their works. They have exhibited widely in institutions, galleries and public spaces in Denmark and abroad. Most recently, they have presented solo exhibitions at Turku Art Museum, Finland; KUNSTEN-Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark; Kunsthal NORD, Denmark; Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Denmark; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden; SKMU-Sørlandets Art Museum, Norway; Oslo Kunstforening, Norway; and Platform Arts, Northern Ireland.

Nikolina Ställborn

Lives and works in Stockholm

Ställborn´s work departs from her background in analogue photography and a long-term interest in the history of medicine, medical libraries and illustrations of anatomy, disease and treatments through the centuries. She often departs from an indication to stale the feeling of various conditions associated with disease or well-being. This is envisioned in various ways throughout her production, often in attempting to highlight individual organisms and their complexity. Mushrooms are given subjectivity while anatomical illustrations can become abstract poems when images drawn with the aid of a microscope become enigmatic sculptures

She was educated at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and works primarily with sculpture and installations. Ställborn has produced several public artworks in Iceland and Sweden, including at Henriksdalsallén in Stockholm, and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions at differing places, including the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, Färgfabriken, Hangmen Projects and at the Hagströmer Medico-Historical library, in Stockholm.

Marja Helander

Lives and works in Helsinki and Finnish Lappland

After originally training as a painter, Helander then pursued her interest in photography she, was one of the ten finalists of the Fotofinlandia-competition. Since then she has presented works in solo- and group-exhibitions both in Finland and abroad, with many shows in Scandinavia, including the Hasselblad Center in Göteborg, BildMuseet in Umeå, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copengahen, Galleri F15 in Moss, Norway and in Nuuk, Greenland, and internationally further afield in Canada, The Art Gallery of Hamilton; South Africa, Johannesburg Art Gallery; and Mali, The 7th African Photography Biennial. Helander’s work explores the question of identity with regards to her Sámi background, the Sámi being the indigenous people of Scandinavia. Recent work has focused on landscape in which dark, mysterious views are portrayed without people. These examine the modern union between nature and mankind as not harmonious, but dark.

Pablo Castillo
Lives and works in Mexico City

”The universe of Pablo Castillo, is limited by the rules that his own creator determines with each finished work, with each result, with each challenge that is imposed when he decides to build a new piece and even with each error that allows him to take another path. But lies behind these post-industrial cyberpunk characters of enormous anatomies, super stylized and of such forceful corporalities? Is it possible to establish points of contact with these mechanical-mythological beings? …Let’s enter the glassy, deep blue eyes, focus on the inexplicable brightness of its transparencies that seem to shine from the very center of these mechanical bodies, admire its thousands of pieces of watchmaking, its aerodynamic constructions, its post apocalyptic futuristic heritage. Because these characters are on the way, they visit us from another universe, the alternate universe of Pablo Castillo.”

(from a text by the curator Leonardo Ramírez)

Pepe Mogt

Lives and works in Tijuana.

Pepe Mogt stands out as an electronic producer in Mexico. Back in 1988, Mogt’s career, which began with industrial music, became a sure thing in various scenes by the year 1999. From 1999 I worked on the experimental themes of ethnic music in the northern part of Mexico. Specifically: It is an experiment leading to the sound of Mexican-US boundary line, Nortech sound. In addition he established the label milrecords, releasing his work, electronic music of Tijuana, and artists of Latin American countries. In 1999, Pepe Mogt invited local musicians to create Nortec Collective, and later founded Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible. Along with Ramon Amezcua which is a partner for many years, we released three albums and various single songs and we took a world tour as a group. Also, as a solo activity, she appeared in numerous festivals such as MUTEK, Glastonbury, SONAR, ULTRA, MWC, Vive Latino, Trópico, FUSION, WOMAD, CRSSD, and was nominated for Grammy Awards. Besides Nortec, Pepe is active in a wide range of activities including production of audiovisual work, production of electro music by techno and ambient approach.

Gabriel Mestre Arrioja

Lives and works in Mexico City

Curators biographies:

Gabriel Mestre Arrioja is a writer, artist, filmmaker and independent curator. Mestre Arrioja works with non-linear projects to generate different epistemological production that reunites artistic practices, the knowledge of the indigenous people of Mexico and the First Nations of the Americas with the history of the avant-garde art movements and notions from critical thinking. His projects are to find different schemes of participation and collaboration with individuals and groups alienated by Capitalism and other production systems, promoting, among other things: aims of decolonialization, the exercise of institutional criticism and civil rights empowerment and the building of alternative and solidarity economies. Since 2002, he has managed several projects as independent, self-supported or freelance curator. His achievements have been developed mostly in the fields of contemporary art and visual culture but also within anthropology and the environmental science. He has collaborated with selected institutions (public, private and personal ones) in Europe and Asia, as well as in the Americas, running his exhibitions, publications and public programs in a number of countries such as: Iceland, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico. Recently, his curatorial research, mediation and management of projects have been benefited by different international grants, programs and institutions, such as: Danish Art Foundation, OCA, FRAME, CCA Estonia, CAC Vilnius, Icelandic Art Center, IFA, Goethe Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum and Jumex Foundation, among others. He is the founder of the Curatorial Residency In Mexico (CRIMEX), the project space Surplus Int. and the non-profit organization Artenación.

Jonatan Habib Engqvist is a curator and writer with a background in Philosophy and Aesthetic theory. Previously project manager for visual art at Iaspis (2009-2014), curator at Moderna Museet (2008-09) and The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2005-07). He manages Curatorial Residency In Stockholm and is editor in mischief of the online journal Engqvist has curated a number of international biennales and festivals including Survival Kit 9 in Riga, Latvia, Sinopale 6, Sinop, Turkey (2017), Tunnel Vision, the 8th Momentum biennale in Moss, Norway 2015 and (I)ndependent People, the visual art focus of Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012. He is currently co-curator of Cycle Festival (Berlin/Reykjavík/Kópavogur 2018), and artistic director of New Småland on commission by 4 regional art museums and a university together with Mike Bode (2016-2019). He has published texts in numerous publications and catalogues. Books include: Big Dig ­– Om passivitet och samtidskonst, CLP Works, 2018, Studio Talks: Thinking Through Painting, Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing, 2014, In Dependence – Collaboration and Artists´ initiatives, Torpedo Press, 2013, Work, Work, Work – A Reader on Art and Labour, Steinberg Press, 2012, Dharavi: Documenting Informalities, KKH, 2008, Academic Foundation, New Delhi 2009.

Guest curator:

Jacek Sosnowski is a Warsaw based curator, culture agitator, publisher and film producer. His current focus is on how time and temporality functions in context of object status of works of art. Beside development of projects focused on artists of his generation, his approach is to reintroduce works that acquired certain history and bring them to new epistemologies trough curatorial means.

Since 2009 he manages Propaganda Foundation that runs independent art space in Warsaw, and from 2014 he is behind Warsaw Gallery Weekend. He curated shows in public and private institutions in Poland and abroad. For many years his main focus was Israeli video art that brought projects to life with Sigalit Landau, Nira Pereg, Gilat Ratman and others. Since 2017 he is curator and consultant for public art commission by Fundacja Dom Development City Art. In the realm of film he produced Martin Scorsese Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, a review of Polish classic films in US, Canada, UK and Australia, and several documentaries and feature films.