Artist Talk | Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Antimonuments: A Draft of Shadows
Christensen Endowment Lecture Series
University of Utah Art & Art History
Thursday, April 20 | 7 pm | FREE
UMFA Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium
Mexican-Canadian media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will present his work—interactive installations at the intersection of architecture and performance art. By subverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance, projectors, multichannel sound systems, and telematic networks he creates platforms for public participation that interrupt objectionable corporate narratives. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, he creates light and shadow works as "antimonuments for alien agency."
Lozano-Hemmer was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with his exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel (2007). His work is represented in collections such as Museum of Modern Art in New York, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, and Tate in London.
Recent large-scale public installations include the pre-opening exhibition for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (2015), Vancouver Winter Olympics (2010), Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), and the Tlatelolco Student Massacre memorial in Mexico City (2008). Lozano-Hemmer's many awards include two BAFTAs from the British Academy, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, the Governor General's Award in Canada, the Trophée des Lumières in France, and an International Bauhaus Award in Germany.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Carmen Morton Christensen Endowment, the Department of Art & Art History, the College of Fine Arts, ASUU, the International Association of Lighting Designers, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
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