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Isaac Contreras

Isaac Contreras          

Born in 1984. Ciudad Constitución, Baja California Sur, MX.


Education

2014 - 2017  MFA Haute École d’Art et de Design de Genève (HEAD), Geneva, CH.

2015 (Exchange) Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (AKBILD), Prof. Heimo Zobernig, Vienna, AT.

2002 - 2007  Humanities. Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), Tijuana, MX.


Residencies

2017 Artists Research Laboratory, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, IT.

2014 Triangle France, Marseille, FR.
2013 Viafarini-in-residence, Milan, IT.
2012 Soma Summer Residency, CDMX, MX.


Grants and Awards

2015 Swiss-European Mobility Program. HEAD, Geneva, CH - AKBILD, Vienna, AT.

2011 12 x 12 Arte Emergente Grant, Sinaloa Art Museum. Culiacán, MX.

2010 National Fellowship, Young Creator, National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), MX.

2010 Regional Fellowship, Young Creator, Baja California State Program for the Arts (PECDA), MX.

2010 Acquisition Prize Award, L.A. Cetto Biennial of Contemporary Art, Tijuana, MX.


Individual shows

2016 3. Abstract Machines Orbit the Contemporary Mind. Páramo gallery, Guadalajara, MX.

2015 Double Couper Swivel. Vitrine Rats Collectif. Artist run space, Vevey, CH.

2014 Teoría de la Pared. Biquini Wax. Artist run space, CDMX, MX.
2012 Unfolding Landscape. Project room SOMA, CDMX, MX.

2011 Notes for a Desert. Sinaloa Art Museum. Culiacán, MX.


Group shows

2019

* Abuso de la formas, Cur. Mauricio Marcín, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, CDMX, MX.
* Otr+s, tod+s, nosotr+s, Cur. Gemma Argüello y Dante Ayala, Lab. Arte Alameda, CDMX, MX.

* Silogismos de la construcción, Cur. Alberto Rios, Studio Block M74, Artist’s space, CDMX, MX.


2018

* October 12 - November 25, 2018 with collective GayCouple. Cur. Balthazar Lovay, Fri Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg, CH.

* Longtang, Cur. Tobias Kaspar, Longtang, Artists’s space, Zurich, CH.


2017

* Bourses de la Ville de Geneve, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, CH.
* Provisoire & Définitif, Cur. Dan Solbach, LiveInYourHead, Institut curatorial de la HEAD, Geneva, CH.


2016

* Project1049, “2.Installation on a shared host”. Cur. Dan Solbach. Gstaad, CH.

* Xacto, Kurzbauergasse, Collective dinner installation, AKBILD, Vienna, AT.

* Millenials, Breite Gasse 11. Cur. Ania Shestakova. Artist's run space, Vienna, AT.


2015

* Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary. Cur. Fabiola Iza & Chris Sharp. Lulu. Art Space. CDMX, MX.
* Ethiopia / Utopia. Cur. Marie de Brugerolle. LiveInYourHead, Geneva, CH.

* 10:10 Time as an agent. Cur. Stuart Bailey. LiveInYourHead, Geneva, CH.

* Dig! with Anne Le Trotter. Broadcast event Radio Tramontana, Istituto Svizzero de Roma, Rome, IT.


2014

* feat. Petirama, Friche La Belle de Mai. Self-organized with fellow artists in residence. Marseille, FR.

* Il problema della sicureza, Broadcast event LapTop Radio, Istituto Svizzero Milano, Milan, IT.


2013

* Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition. Cur. Raqs Media Collective. DeviArt Foundation. Delhi, IN.

* Proyectos Ultravioleta presenta. Cur. Emiliano Valdés. Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

San Jose, CR.


2012

* The Hive, 3rd San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial. Cur. Úrsula Dávila-Villa. San Juan, PR.

* State of Exception. Tanja Nijmeijer Gallery. Artist run space. CDMX, MX.
* Saltar con la certeza de que sólo hay concreto. Biquini Wax. Artist run space. CDMX, MX.


2011

* 13th Northwest Art Biennial. Art contest. Sinaloa Art Museum. Culiacán, MX.
* Creación en Movimiento. Art fellowship show. Art Museum of Querétaro. Querétaro, MX.


2010

* L.A. Cetto Contemporary Art Biennial. Tijuana, MX.
* 30th National Contest of Young Art. Aguascalientes Museum of Contemporary Art. Aguascalientes, MX.


2009 Distancia Relativa, Cur. Marcela Quiroz. Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana MX.
2008 Signs and Signals, A Visual Score. Cur. Felipe Ehrenberg. Palacio de la Cultura de Tijuana, Tijuana, MX.


Curatorial

2019

Transhemisferia Radio vol 2. Special Guest Country: Colombia. Radio marathon at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, CDMX, MX.(13/12/2019).

With Lorena Tabarés, CO; Delphine Tomes, La Voz de la Calle, UK-MX; Ángela Cuauhtle, MX; Andrés Pereira, BO; Fiebre Ediciones, MX; Vladimir Hernández, CO; Alejo Duque, CO; Ana Milena Garzón, CO; Chakanais, MX; Tropicaza, MX.


2018

Transhemisferia Radio. Radio marathon at Coopertaiva Cráter invertido, Mexico City, MX. (14/12/2018).

With Paula Piedra, Teorética, CR; Andrea Ancira & Mauricio Andrade, MX; Chris Gruenberg, AR; Dani Zelko, AR; Gaby Cepeda, MX; Metaradio, MX; RadioTropiezo, MX; Chakanais, MX.


Founder member of Gay Couple Group (2017-2018), curatorial collective based in Geneva, LiveInYourHead, Institut curatorial de la HEAD, Geneva, CH.

  • Co-curator and presenter of Après midi person radio. One month long temporary radio station broadcasting 10 hours daily from the gallery space. (1-31 /03/2018).

  • Organizer for Faux U: Sergio de Loof - Arte de Latinoamerica Re Moderno. Solo show of argentinean artist Sergio de Loof. (12 - 21/04/2018).

  • Curator of Particula Coke. Solo show of Israel Urmeer, Collective Biquini Wax-EPS Mexico. (26/04/2018 - 12/05/2018).


Artist publications

2018

(Author, concrete poetry) How Do We Make A We. Compagnia and Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, IT. Motto Distribution.

(Contributor) Pavilionesque No. 2, Artist magazine with Paulina Olowska, HEAD Geneva, CH.

(Editor) Partícula Coke, Collective Biquini Wax-EPS Mexico, HEAD Geneva, CH.

2017

(Author, essay) Hyphens and Dashes, Master dissertation and artist’s book. Geneva, CH.

2016

(Contributor, poetry) Sorry, Writing group, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, öH. Vienna, AT.

(Contributor, poetry) Lui, Publication and poetry event. Cur. Gitte Hendrikx. Geneva, CH.

2015

(Co-editor & contributor) REHAB, Tobias Kaspar (ed.), Artist book. HEAD, Geneva, CH.
2014

(Author, poetry) Teoría de la pared, poster and poem with Luis Felipe Fabre, CDMX, MX.