• Raul Ortega Ayala

    Raul Ortega Ayala

    Wellington, Región de Wellington, Nueva Zelanda, b. 1973
    Raúl Ortega Ayala (1973) studied Painting at ‘La Esmeralda’ in Mexico City after which he traveled to the Glasgow School of Art for a Master in Fine Arts. He then moved to London, where he worked for five years on various research projects. During his masters degree, he moved away from painting and veered his practice towards Anthropology and began working with the ethnographic method of ‘participant observation.’ Since then, he has purposefully immersed himself for periods of one or two years in various different contexts such as the office world, food and gardening, resulting in three different series titled: Bureaucratic Sonata, An Ethnography on Gardening, and Food for Thought. He is currently exploring other methodologies used in History and Archaeology for an ongoing series ‘From the Pit of Etc.’ devoted to the concept of absence, trace, and iconoclasm. Ortega Ayala is currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Stirring the Pot of Story’ at the Delfina Foundation in London, ‘Silent Light’ at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, ‘True Story’ at Proyectos Monclova in Mexico City and ‘Yes Naturally’ at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague. Solo exhibitions include ‘Living Remains’ at Stroom Den Haag and ‘Melting Pots’ at Rokeby Gallery in London. Work by Ortega Ayala is held in private and public collections, including the David Roberts Art Foundation, the AkzoNobel Art Foundation and the VandenBroek Foundation.

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  • Benjamín Torres

    Benjamín Torres

    Mexico City, México, b. 1969
    Benjamín Torres formation began in the field of sculpture. Later on he directed his work to experimentation in a more open and postmodern concept in the practice of three-dimensional art. His pieces combine registers ranging from plaster casts to collage and décollage, from the creation of original forms to reconstruction (and deconstruction) of previously existing objects. The artist produces three-dimensional pieces and environments in which he uses conceptual strategies such as installation, site-specific work and ephemera as materials. Torres finds his references in the reinterpretation of certain devices in consumer culture, and information media Studied Visual Arts at the ENAP (UNAM) and at The Art Student’s League of New York. His work has been exposed in several public institutions of our country and around the world; at Galería Hilario Galguera (Diario se cuela la luz, diario se fuga el color, 2016), at the Museum Carrillo Gil (Los efectos a largo plazo son aún desconocidos, 2013) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca (Polvo de un sol distante, 2013), at the National Museum of San Carlos (Diagramática, 2011), at the Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Inventario, 2007), The Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City), at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan and in shows in Japan, Spain, England, Germany, Switzerland, USA and Canada. In 1999 he received the support of the Programa de Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales, and in 2002 the scholarship for Young Creatos, FONCA.He is represented by Galeria Hilario Galguera and currently lives and work in México City .

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  • Elia Festa

    Elia Festa

    Milán, Italia, b. 1956
    Elia Festa was born in Milan, Italy on January 1, 1956. In 1970 he met the painter Ibrahim Kodra and became his student. From ’71 –’74, Elia  freelanced for the Young & Rubicam Agency, working together with Franco Scheichenbauer, Richard Noble and other photographers. In ’89, he began his photographic research project “L’età del Pensiero” (The Age of Thought) with his friend Pierre Restany, which led to his first one man exhibition “Riflessioni” (Reflections), produced by Kodak in ’93 at the D’Ars Gallery in Milan. In ’92 he exhibited his work during the 25th anniversary show of the Diaframma photography gallery in Milan. In ’93 he made portraits of Japanese designers, shown as a one man exhibition at the Frankfurt Trade Show Center. In ’93 he began working with the Photology Galleries in London and Milan; from this, new ideas and work came to the fore: “la Habana” 1995; participation in the international “AIPAD Photographers” shows in New York in ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99; “Artbasel ‘96” in Basel, Switzerland. In ’95, in collaboration with AFIP, G. Calvenzi, R.Valtorta and K. Bolognesi, Elia produced the book and exhibit “Vita da bambino” (Life as a Child), which traveled throughout the major Italian cities to benefit “Telefono Azzurro”, an agency protecting children’s rights.  In 2000, Elia published a collection of portraits and moods that were ten years in the making; these works were included in “100 al 2000”, a review of important international art photographers, published by Photology. In the same year, he held the exhibition “Bla Bla & Co” with the sculptor K.H.Steck at “Studiogalerie” in Hamburg. In 2002 he completed the Landscape project “il Mondo che non c’è” (No Such World). In 2006, in collaboration with the director Salvino Raco, Elia participated in the making of the performance piece “La corsa di Sizwe Kondhile” (Sizwe Kondhile’s Race), creating a projection of photographic works on the subject, shown at the Triennale of Milan, with the sponsorship of the Commune and Province of Milan. Inspired by this work, Elia made “It’s About Blood”, which depicted the pain and soul of the great human sacrifice of African history. In 2007, in another collaboration with Salvino Raco, he made a trailer on international terrorism called “La strategia della tensione” (A Strategy of Tension), with the Commune and Province of Milan and the Lombardy Region at Olinda-ex Gaetano Pini. In 2009 he worked further on and exhibited a preview of “I miei numeri (My Numbers), a project he carried out from 1989 to 1998. From August to September 2009, he exhibited “ La Habana” in Noto, curated by Davide Faccioli. In January 2010, he will exhibit a series called “Microbi” (Microbes) at the “Studio Visconti” Gallery in Milan. In the same month, the “Photology Gallery” will show “Ho vissuto qui” (I Lived Here), a video created by Elia using footage made in 2010 and from 1993 to 2002.

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  • Sara Chang Yan

    Sara Chang Yan

    Lisbon, Portugal, b. 1982

    Sara Chang Yan (Lisbon, Portugal, 1982) lives and works in Lisbon. Her artistic practice is focused on drawing and investigates the spatial potentialities of the sheet of paper, not treated as a two-dimensional surface but as a field that actively responds to her interventions and gestures. Dots, lines, geometrical shapes and clusters of signs, traced by pencil or watercolour, are the transcription of an intimate vision that becomes concrete on the paper support, which is also marked by holes, cuts, and by the removal of thin layers of paper itself. Through this interplay of solids and voids, the artist underlines the lightness and fragility of the material and at the same time, instead of merely considering it as the plane of representation, the sheet is charged with a new sculptural force.

    Recent exibitions include: ‘Escuto o Silencîo, Fala interiro e com Precisão’, Madragoa (2016); ‘Álibi’, EspaçoAZ, Lisbon (2015); ‘Getting Lost’, Fundación Botín, Villa Iris, Santander (2015); ‘Phonambient Sound Maps’, Sonoscopia, Casa da Música, Porto (2015). In 2015 she was awarded with the Prémio Artes Visuais para Jovens Criadores, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. In 2016 she participated in Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan at the Drawing Center in New York.

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