Edgardo Aragón is the youngest AIMIA finalist. He was born 1985 in Mexico. He received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the ENPEG la Esmeralda, Mexico City. He’s had solo exhibitions at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; MoMA P.S.1, New York; and the Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. His work was also included in the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Young Artists, the 12th Istanbul Biennial, and the 8th Mercosur Biennial. His films have been screened in film festivals in Werkletiz, Marseille, and Mexico City. He lives and works in Oaxaca.
Edgardo Aragón works in multimedia. His practice responds to the particularities of its location and is often performative. In Tinieblas (Darkness), he films several musicians playing different parts of a song on top of Mojoneras, piles of stones that demarcate Mexican borders. Each musician plays a part of the song but cannot hear any of the others playing their parts. The piece is about how the miscommunication and disconnection between people over these abstract borders leads to violence. It is ripe with a haunting sadness that reflects how a breakdown of communication can have the most devastating repercussions.
Efectos de Familia (Family Effects) is a video work that depicts different scenes of fabricated children’s games that engage in very serious and disturbing themes including assassinations and punishment. All of the enactments are based on personal stories of known incidents in correlation with organized crime, corruption and border disputes. The work is about the transfer of attitudes about violence and corruption from generation to generation. What becomes playful reenactment becomes a dangerously powerful tool for conditioning behaviour. The video is a critique of this process and highlights it through extreme and exaggerated mimicry.
Edgardo Aragón’s work is accessible, personal and powerful.
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