Iván Argote (born in Bogotá Colombia; lives and works in Paris, France) studied at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia; and at l’Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, France.
His work explores the relationship between history, politics and the construction of our own subjectivities. Argote’s films, sculptures, collages, and public space installations attempt to generate questions about how we relate to the others, to the state, to patrimony and traditions. His works are critics, sometimes anti-institutional, that relate to the idea of bringing affects to the politics, and politics to the affects, with a strong and tender tone.
Some of his Solo exhibitions include: Juntos Together, ASU – Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (AZ) ; Radical Tenderness, MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2018 ; Deep Affection, Perrotin, Paris, 2018 ; Somos Tiernos, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico, 2017 ; Somos, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, 2017 ; La Venganza del Amor, Perrotin, New York, 2017 ; Sírvete de mi, sírveme de ti, Proyecto Amil, Lima, 2016 ; Strengthlessness, Standard High Line, New York, US, 2016 ; An idea of progress, SPACE, London, 2016 ; Cómo lavar la losa coherentemente, NC Arte, Bogotá, 2016; La Estrategia, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013 ; Sin heroísmos, por favor, CA2M, Madrid, 2012, among others.
He has also participated in several numerous group exhibitions, biennials and film festivals such as: 2020 – Global Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; 2019 – Desert X, Coachella Valley, CA, US; Poéticas de la emoción, Caixa Forum, Barcelona; 2018 – The street. Where the World Is Made, MAXXI, Rome, IT ; How to See [What Isn’t There], The Burger Collection Hong Kong, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Langen Foundation, Neuss, DE ; Wonderland, High-line, New York ; Regreso al futuro, Casa Encendida, Madrid ; Monumentos, anti- monumentos y nueva escultura pública, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan ; Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev & Venice Biennale, among others.