• Events
SEE ALL
Sep 22
Performance
When the Waves Have Come and Gone Plage des Catalans
Sep 22
Talk
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
Talk
Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 

All Here Together, by Iván Argote

All Here Together, by Ivan Argote

From July 15 to September 5, Artpace San Antonio presents All Here Together, a solo exhibition by France-based artist Iván Argote, with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy through the FACE Foundation's Etant Donnés Contemporary Art Grant.   


About the Exhibition

With the removal of many colonizer statues across the globe, Iván Argote’s exhibition All Here Together contemplates a world where community members are given the recognition and importance often allotted to statues of historical and problematic figures. “Public space is not always gentle to the public,” Argote told Artpace, reminding us that the areas meant for public use are rarely democratic and often represent a specific legacy.

Created with sketch-like strokes of black paint, the gallery walls are covered in a mural with a faceless statue descending from his plinth. In the center of the gallery, a large pedestal is open to public use with the hopes of motivating visitors to become a part of the installation. Embedded into the treads of the sculpture, the words DEAR WE ARE ALL HERE TOGETHER THIS IS A PLACE FOR US welcomes participants.

Argote’s exhibition encourages viewers to imagine the possibilities of communal spaces and become a part of the conversation to get there.


About Iván Argote

Iván Argote’s public space performances, videos, films, sculptures, collages, poster campaigns and public installations generate questions about how we relate to others, to the state, to patrimony and to traditions. Argote makes political and sociological critics and proposals using affection, emotion, and humor as subversive tools, with which he tries to generate spaces of dialogue away from polarization and confrontational rhetoric.

Iván Argote was born in Bogotá in 1983. He grew up in the middle of a politically engaged family who’s still active in the Colombia’s political landscape. Iván Argote made his studies of Cinema and Graphic Design (simultaneously) in the National University of Colombia, then at age of 23, he moved to Paris and studied at Beaux-Arts de Paris school. Since then, he's based in Paris where his studio is located. His works are part of important collections such as Guggenheim, Pompidou, Arizona State University, Saatchi, among others. He frequently moves to different countries with his team to do research, work on site-specific installations and film shootings.

Photo credit: Claire Dorn

RELATED