Born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1983, Iván Argote settled in Paris in 2006. Argote creates videos, photographs, sculpture, public interventions and performances, as a way to explore our inextricable links to history, tradition, art, politics and power. Argote investigates the city as a place of transformation and potentiality, traveling the world in search of vestigial signs of fallen power, studying the indirect manifestations of control, and observing the conventions that gain acceptance in order for one vision of history to become the official version. Public monuments and sculpture are also recurring themes in the artist’s work. Through his personal narratives, and their connections to history, ideology, and consumerism, Iván Argote questions a Western perspective of History. Emmanuel Perrotin met Iván Argote in 2008 while the artist was a student at Paris Fine Arts School. Perrotin has represented Argote since 2009.
Iván Argote’s work has been shown in many international exhibitions, such as “La Venganza del Amor” (solo) Perrotin, New York, 2017; “Future Generation Art Price” Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev, 2017; “Ideologue”, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, 2016; “Sírvete de mi, sírveme de ti” (solo) Proyecto Amil, Lima, 2016; “An idea of progress” (solo), SPACE, London, 2016; “Intersections”, Cisneros Fountanals Foundation, Miami, 2015; “Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will”, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, 2015; “Buildering: Misbehaving the City”, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston and CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in 2014; “Strengthlessness” (solo), Galerie Perrotin, Paris, 2014;
“La Estrategia” (solo), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013; “Tectonic, Moving Museum”, Dubai, 2013; “Los irrespetuosos”, Museo Carrilo Gil, México DF, 2013; The 30th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, 2012, among others. Iván Argote won the CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Foundation Prize in 2015, the Audi talents Award in 2013, and the Sam Art Projects Prize in 2011. He was selected by 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles for a Residency in 2013.
Here eating dirt mom…
2014. Installation of 1250 handmade bitten bricks (clay)
Variable dimensions / Courtesy the Artist.
2014. concrete, wood, gold leaf – 379 x 912 x 180 cm
Courtesy the Artist, Museo de Arte de Zapopan – MAZ, Zapopan, MX & Galerie Perrotin © Photo: Maj Lindström.
In Someone Else’s Lips-Skin
2018. 177 x 123 x 5,5 cm
Concrete, oil-based painting
2017-2027. Independent poster campaign across 7 different cities in colombia:
Bogota, Madellin, Cali, Manizales, Pereira, Armenia, Bucaramanga.
Courtesy the artist
Si mi sol
2018. video commission, led screen, on the 4 sides of the Torre Colpatria, 196 meters, Bogotá,
CO curated by Babel Media Art.
We gave a disposable camera to the artist so can take pictures of his work during a week.