UNAM’S Casa Del Lago, located in the Chapultepec Park in Mexico City currently presents a solo show with works by the Berlin-based artist Ignacio Uriarte. The exhibition is titled Preferiría No Hacerlo (I’d Rather Not) and features a wide selection of works that allude to different aesthetic experiences in the bureaucratic or administrative context.
Prior to his career as an artist Ignacio Uriate worked in an office. As an artist he has not stopped using the same tools and methods, similar to those of an office employee. The starting point for his works are the little creative moments within the office routine, such as the scribbles made during a phone conversation.
Ignacio Uriarte was born in 1972 in Krefeld, Germany, and raised there. From 1992 to 1995 he studied Business Administration in Madrid and Mannheim and worked since then for corporations such as Siemens, Canon, Interlub and Agilent Technologies in Germany, Spain and Mexico. Parallel to his administrative work, he studied audiovisual arts at the Centro de Artes Audiovisuales in Guadalajara, Mexico from 1999 to 2001 and quitted his last serious fulltime-job in November 2003, dedicating himself since then to what he calls ‘office art’. His work is part of major collections such as La Caixa (Barcelona, Spain), MUSAC (León, Spain), FRAC Piemonte (Torino, Italy), and JUMEX (Mexico City, Mexico). Since 2007 he lives and works in Berlin.
His work is part of major collections such as La Caixa (Barcelona, Spain), MUSAC (León, Spain), FRAC Piemonte (Torino, Italy), and JUMEX (Mexico City, Mexico).
Ignacio Uriarte: Preferiría No Hacerlo at Casa Del Lago, Mexico City. Opening reception, June 23, 2011. Video: Jacinto Astiazarán.
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