Andrés Denegri: Uprising, 2022 / Rolf Art / Art Basel Miami Beach Meridians

Andrés Denegri’s artwork “Uprising” (2022) was another highlight of Art Basel Miami Beach and its Meridians sector, especially for friends of kinetic art and film.

Andres Denegri: Uprising, 2022 / Rolf Art / Art Basel Miami Beach Meridians. Miami Beach (Florida, USA), November 29, 2022.

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Exhibition text:

Andrés Denegri produces works where the technological devices of memory are transformed into an allegory of the forgetting and denial of history. Uprising, a large-scale film installation, brings together different works from his ongoing series ‘We Were Expected.’

In reuniting artworks for this project, the magic of the photochemical images, filmstrips, and film projectors unfold to merge with the sound environment of all the functioning pieces, yielding an installation that resembles a large operating machine. Uprising reflects on the origins of cinema in relation to the Industrial Revolution, of which cinema was both proof and apologist. The images taken from the Argentinian national archive come into dialogue with the scaffolding platforms supporting the machines; the translucent screens become as much a testimony to a work in progress as to Argentina’s failed endeavors at industrialization. Andrés Denegri (b.1975, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a visual artist who works in the field of contemporary audiovisuals and expanded cinema. His projects generate dialogues between formats, addressing them poetically and conceptually to create a tension in the classic employment of audiovisual technologies.

He graduated from the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires and he has completed artist residences in Colombia, Serbia, Canada, and the USA. His prizes include the Grand Prix – National Hall of Visual Arts (2015); the Grand Prix – MAMBA/Fundación Telefónica of Art and New Technologies (2009); the John Downey Prize – Santiago Biennial of Video and New Media (2007); Best Experimental Film at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival (2012). He is director of the Electronic Arts Degree at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, where he created a research center dedicated to promoting audiovisual arts. He is also co-director of the Biennial of Moving Image (BIM) and guest curator of film and video at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. His work has been exhibited internationally at the Fundación OSDE (2014), Recoleta Cultural Centre (2015), MACBA (2016), ENERC (2018), MUNTREF (2017) in Argentina; Biennale of Asunción, (2015), Salón de Arte y Tecnología Bogotá (2017), AVXLab Auviosual Expandido, Sao Pablo, (2017), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016), Tabacalera, Spain (2019), among others. His work is part of public and private collections in Latin America and Europe. Denegri lives and works in Buenos Aires.

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