The first issue of CANICHE presents contributions made by 17 international artists and was published in December of 2014. CANICHE #1 was produced thanks to the MUCA ROMA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo y Ciencias) and UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico).
Denicolai & Provoost
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba
Denicolai & Provoost
Jazael Olguin Zapata
Denicolai & Provoost
The magazine has been shown and distributed for free in the context of the collective exhibition Anverso, that opened in December 2014 through April of 2015. The grids of CANICHE #1 departed from a series of drawings made during a residency at the museum that preceded the exhibition.
After finishing his graphic design studies at UAM Xochimilco, Iván Martínez (1981, Mexico City) joined the studio of Mexican artist Carlos Amorales where he collaborated in the development and execution of animation, installation and editorial media projects from 2005 to 2013. Beneficiary of the FONCA-CONACYT program for Study Abroad, he lived and worked in Arnhem (Netherlands) where he did his postgraduate studies at ArtEZ Werkplaats Typografie and later attended the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, NL. His work has been exhibited at The New York Art Book Fair, MoMa PS1 NY, Le Ateliers, (Amsterdam) and Casco-Office of Art (Utrecht, The Netherlands).
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba (1988, Léon, México) is a visual artist who lives and works in Mexico City. His work manifests itself onto different media such as drawing, sculpture, video and writing. He is interested in new forms of authorship, in questioning the limits of intellectual property and in the conditions of production that make the existence of contemporary art possible. Since 2011 he has co-directed the Bikini Wax exhibition and project space in Mexico City.
Merijn Bolink is a sculptor who tries to capture the soul of things. He looks for objects of our physical world which proof to be carriers of ideas, thoughts, projections, memories etc. and tries to understand them by taking them apart in very small parts and reorganizing them into new shapes and new realities which use to refer to their original source.
Merijn Bolink (Amsterdam 1967), sculpture, installations, public space. Solos: Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam (NL), Post Los Angeles (US), Kunstraum Düsseldorf (DE), Groninger Museum (NL), Ton de Boer Gallery, Amsterdam (NL). Groupshows: Apex Art, NY(US), Museum Arnhem (NL), Gemeentemuseum The Hague (NL), Grand Rapids Art Museum (VS).
Dedicated to observing societies and to the accurate analysis of a site, Bertille Bak (France, 1985) delves into communities and the groups by becoming a member and examining their rituals, gestures, and objects, which she later uses in her projects. In collaboration with the individuals she meets, she constructs narratives between fiction and documentaries where poetry and utopias usurp the simple assessment of a situation. Whether it concerns her own community in the mining areas of Northern France or groups that are unfamiliar to her, she never chooses to distance herself or look on from afar. On the contrary, it is all about sharing a passage of life, a struggle, a resistance. Understanding the organization between individuals, listing their personal and collective histories, traditions and folklores, their hobbies and revolts is central to the practice of Bak. Her work believes in the possibility of inventing together different ways of approaching and appreciating reality.
Balthazar Berling (1985, Paris) recently presented his performance New Men at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (Germany). He is enrolled in the MFA programme at the Malmö Art Academy (Sweden). His current works could be seen as speculations about the forms and the conditions of a new masculinity.
Denicolai & Provoost (Belgium) work together since 1997. Within the aesthetic and political intimacy of their artistic digestive process, they question the artistic freedom given to artists in our Western, supposedly democratic societies. By putting temporary occupations on legs they double reality and confront the signals and limits of public space, as well as the relationship between the public and the intimate sphere. They like to work in collaboration with others.
Ana Jotta (1946, Lisbon, Portugal) works and lives in Lisbon. After studying at Lisbon´s Fine Arts School and Brussels’ École d’Arts Visuels de l’Abbeye de la Cambre, she worked as an actress and stage designer (1976–79) with Produções Teatrais (University Theatre, Lisbon). From the 1980’s onwards, she focused her activity on the visual arts and since the early nineties has been a regular presence at major art fairs and biennales (ARCO, Brussels, Johannesburg, Barcelona, etc.). In 2005, she had a retrospective exhibition at the Museu de Serralves. Ana Jotta has build her work in a sequence of breakthroughs that embody some sort of erasement: of her own previous footsteps; of modernist ideology and post-modern mythologies; and of the notion of authorship – either by deconstructing it or rebuilding it, she has attempted to dismantle the idea of a coherent or univocal style. Through a bare economy of means, her work shows a great sense of intelligence and wit. With Ana Jotta, you can always expect the unexpected.
Meiro Koizumi (1976, Gunma, Japan) graduated from the International Christian University, Tokyo and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London as well as the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2013), Art Space Sydney (2011) and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2009). He participated in numerous group shows, such as at the, 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, China, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Liverpool Biennial 2010 and Media City Seoul. His works are included in a.o. the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Menelaos Kouroudis (1989, Athens, Greece) is a graphic designer living and working in Athens.
Hanne Lippard (1984, Milton Keynes, England) graduated from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2010 and since then she has mainly devoted her time to writing. Her texts comprise personal observations that underscore how she looks at the world around her in what is often a mildly ironic yet hilarious manner. These texts are at the base of her time-based works, which include short films, sound piece and performance. Hanne Lippard lives and works in Berlin.
Serge Onnen (1965, Paris) works with drawing, animations and shadows. He plays in the experimental group oorbeek, and is a professor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). From Rijksacademy Amsterdam.He is currently working on an animation with Chinese dolls and ice.His recent exhibitions are: Art and Animation (Museo del Chopo, Mexico DF, 2013) The Lost Cent, (ONOMATOPEE, Eindhoven, Hollanda 2013), Cloacinae; shadows from the underground (MOCATaipei, Taiwan 2014), ‘The Empire never ends’ (IndyMoca, USA 2014), Shadowfigures: BlackSesame (IFP, Beijing 2014).
Isaac Olvera (1982, Zacatlan, Mexico) writes and then does video-installations or performance readings, which explore the observation of his statements, which depart from caressing homosociability.
Antonia Rossi (1978, Rome, Italy) studied film at the University of Arcis in 1996 and in 2001 she completed a Master in Visual Arts at the University of Chile. She has worked as an audiovisual director since 1999, directing four fiction shorts and two documentary feature films. From 2002 to 2009 she joined the O-inc art collective, collaborating on performance videos and various exhibitions in Chile and abroad. As a teacher, she has held different theoretical and practical positions. During the years 2006/2007/2008 she won the Audiovisual Fund scholarship for the different stages of making The echo of the songs, her latest documentary. She is currently working on the production of her next film.
Rustan Söderling (1983, Götemburg, Sweden) is a video artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Diego Teo (1978, México Df) has explored the theme of miscegenation, his drawing embodies conflict, the interest in the other and blends with otherness. His work is clearly influenced by pre-Hispanic codices and muralism, from which he takes up not only the iconography but the element of continuity characteristic of its structure. His proposal is part of his latest works where he solves these concerns formally through clear explorations of overlapping and saturation of elements.
Andres Villalobos (1978, México, D.F) ‘‘What else could we talk about, there is no room for comedy, we want a laugh that hurts, that digs into the unconscious, laugh at oneself and laugh to wake up and grab forces to collapse. Mexican cartoon. Always, always always again.’’
Javier Villanueva (1983, México) lives and works in Mexico City. His practice is focused on analyzing and rereading the history of art. His work consists in investigating different possibilities of conceptualizing works made by artists of previous generations, specifically, those works with temporary procedures that imply a possible impermanence within the context of art history.
Caniche #1 was produced thanks to the MUCA ROMA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo y Ciencias) and UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico).