Iván Argote was born 1983 in Bogotá, Colombia. He lives and works in Paris, France.
Argote studied at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, 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 videos, sculptures, collages and installations in public space attempt to generate questions about how we relate to each other, to the state, to heritage and traditions. His works are critical, sometimes anti-institutional, which relate to the idea of bringing affections to politics, and politics to affections, with a strong and tender tone.
Some of his solo exhibitions are Juntos Together, ASU – Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (AZ) 2019; Radical Tenderness, MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2018; Somos Tiernos, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico, 2017 and Sírvete de mi, sírveme de ti, Proyecto Amil, Lima, among others. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, biennials and film festivals such as Global Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR, 2020; Desert X, Coachella Valley, CA, US, 2019 and Poéticas de la emoción, Caixa Forum, Barcelona; 2018 and Regreso al futuro, Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2018, among others.
His works are part of important collections such as Guggenheim Museum, New York, US, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, USA, CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques), Paris, FR, Colección de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, CO, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, USA, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA, MACBA, Barcelona, ES, MUNTREF, Buenos Aires, AR and Saatchi Art, London, UK among others.
Last year he was nominated for the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp and presented his work in an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou that ran from October 2022 to January 2023. In 2022, Argote participated in an artist residency at the Villa Medici, Rome.