The fourth issue of CANICHE presents original works by 29 international artists and was published in April 2019 with an edition of 1,000 copies. The launch took place at Casa de Francia (Mexico City) under the format of a collaborative performance between the artists Armando Rosales, Wendy Cabrera Rubio, Victor del Moral and the editor Elsa-Louise Manceaux. They later adapted another version of the performance for the Queretaro Museum of Contemporary Art (MACQ).
Rita Ponce de León
Wendy Cabrera Rubio
Ana Elena Garuz
Cwel Mogami de Haas
Jean Luc Moulène
Diego Salvador Rios
Victor del Moral
The launch of Caniche #4 at the Casa de Francia
Thomas Kong (circa 1950, Korea) is an artist working in collage and assemblage, using advertising, packaging and other surplus material from his convenience store, Kim's Corner Food, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Jaakko Pallasvuo (1987, Helsinki, FL) is an artist. Pallasvuo makes videos, texts, performances and installations that explore the anxieties of being alive now, and the prospect of living in some possible future. In recent years this work has been presented at The New York Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Kunsthalle St. Gallen and Jupiter Woods, among other places. Pallasvuo's first book, Scorched Earth, was published by Arcadia Missa in 2015.
Jorge Satorre (1979, Mexico City) The narrative possibilities of drawing allow him to make the objective register coexist with elements of fiction, understanding this relationship as an oscillation of scales between the individual and subjective and the general or hegemonic versions. Some places where he has presented his work individually are: Redcat, Los Angeles. Tamayo Museum. Labor Gallery. Artspace, Auckland. Le Grand Café, St-Nazaire, France. FormContent, London.
Rita Ponce de Léon “I was born in Lima, Peru, 1982. I live in Mexico City. I get involved in situations that allow, through artistic and learning processes, the generation of frank human ties, even if they are ephemeral, for which the intuitive encounters that the body allows have been useful to me. I decant this diversity of experiences in drawing, as a way to get to know my particular thoughts and share them with others.”
Wendy Cabrera Rubio (Mexico City, 1993) works mainly with the discursiveness of scientific stories, as well as its consequences on the economy, industry and aesthetics. She has a particular interest in research, insertion in specific communities and collaboration with third parties. Her projects are carried out in different media such as installation, video and didactic theater. She completed her undergraduate studies at the ENPEG La Esmeralda and later entered the SOMA Educational Program. Her work has been presented at the MUCA, Karen Huber Gallery, Biquini Wax EPS, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual and the National College. Wendy is also a member of LADRÓN galería, an independent platform for the production, discussion and exhibition of contemporary art in Mexico City.
Julie Escoffier (1989, Lyon, FR) lives and works between Tapachula and Lyon. Graduated from the National Superior School of Fine Arts of Lyon in 2013, she was awarded the same year with a scholarship for higher studies by the Fondation Kenza through which she completed a residency at the National School of Painting and Sculpture, La Esmeralda (2013–2014). In her work, photography moves to the alchemical terrain where the artist transforms the elements that make up photography into a fascinating and multiple visual and material investigation.
Pinar & Viola (2009, Amsterdam, NL) is an artist duo, founded by Pınar Demirdag and Viola Renate. Their work suggests new forms of visual representation in the age of digitalization. Contemporary desires, decadence, folk expressions, scandals, ambiguities, Internet; form the basis of their work which subverts conventional proportions, offering new ways of bringing back the dignity of ornamentation in the field of art and design.
Their have exhibited in and partnered with museums including New Museum NY, Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Meanwhile they do surprising collaborations and make custom tailored visual experiences for world leading brands, people and events in culture including Google, IKEA, Nike, Adidas, Diplo, Koché, MTV and Amsterdam Fashion Week.
Lucía Vidales’s (1986, Mexico City) work focuses on an imagination of painting. She has participated in seven individual exhibitions and more than fifty group exhibitions. She obtained the first prize at the National Meeting of Young Art and Lumen Art. She has been selected in various national biennials and a scholarship by FONCA on two occasions. Vidales lives in Mexico City.
Ana Elena Garuz (1971, Panama City) lives and works in Panama City. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and New York University. She works with different media such as drawing, installation, painting, collage and sculpture. Her work focuses on exploring the aesthetic and poetic possibilities of the line, with simple and everyday materials, such as collage or tape. Garuz is interested in finding a new relationship with space, concentrating on the shape and properties of materials.
Víctor del Moral (Mexico City, 1987) is a textual artist who lives and works in Mexico. His work moves between words, installation and performance. It explores identity as a negotiation between language and landscape; he uses the materiality of the word, orality and matter to translate the text into its texture, and thus explore it in its graphic, sculptural, choreographic and sound dimensions. He has done residencies and exhibited his work in France, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, among others. He has been a beneficiary of programs such as Young Creators of Fonca and the Emerging Artist Award of the Cisneros Foundation.
Jean-Luc Moulène was born in Reims in France in 1955, and studied the aesthetics and science of art in Paris, where he still lives and works. He made his name in the 1990s with a series of photographs of objects, portrayed in a cold and impersonal way. Since the end of the 1990s, Moulène’s practice has explored different means of expression, like sculpture, drawing and installation. His art reflects on the social status of the artist: he is staunchly critical of seductive and beautifying representations, and explores the opposite, often ironically. When asked what are the characteristic elements of his work, he says: ‘absurd evidence, horrible revelation, a burst of laughter…’
He participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 2002 Sao Paolo Biennale and Documenta in 1997. Numerous international institutions have dedicated exhibitions to him, among them the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève (2003), the Louvre Museum (2005), Culturgest in Lisbona (2007), Dia:Beacon in New York (2011), the Kunstverein in Hannover (2015) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2016).
Hayal Pozanti (1983, Istanbul, Turkey) has a BA from Sabanci University and a MFA from Yale University. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the San Jose Museum of Art and JP Morgan. Pozanti has enjoyed many solo exhibitions, including one at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut. Her work was been featured in group shows at the Kitchen (New York), MCA Santa Barbara (CA), Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL), Sabanci Museum (Istanbul) and Prospect 3 for the New Orleans Biennial and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 2017, she presented a monumental digital video installation, titled Relentless Tenderness, at the new World Trade Center. Pozanti lives and works in Los Angeles.
Anika Schwarzlose (1982, Berlin, DE) is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Konsthögskolan i Malmö, Sweden. With degrees in photography and Fine Art she often engages processes of image creation and mediation not only as means but as subject to her work. She works across a range of different media, investigating the structures and methods we invent to organize the world around us, by re-contextualizing sometimes personal, sometimes political-historical events.
Her work is exhibited internationally in spaces such as FOAM (Amsterdam), Fotomuseum (Winterthur), WKV (Stuttgart), Bemis Art Center (Omaha, Nebraska), W139 (Amsterdam), Gallery Format (Malmö), Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen), V Art Center (Shanghai). She has given presentations and has taught workshops in places like ICA (London), PR project (Moscow) and The University of Lethbridge (Canada).
Yann Gerstberger (Cagnes sur Mer, France, 1983) lives and works in Mexico City. Gerstberger's textile tapestries are inspired by Mexican popular culture, art history, and nature. These works are produced based on an original technique by the artist, mixing natural and industrial techniques. Through his tapestries/ paintings, Yann Gerstberger builds a vernacular vocabulary by making references to Jodorowsky's panic fables, the fantasy of the tropical seen from Europe, post-graffiti and the history of abstraction, with its repertoire of ambiguous and mystical forms.
James Beckett’s (1977, Capetown, South Africa) work in diverse media explores subjects of an historical nature – including the development (and subsequent demise) of European industry, and various systems of display, ranging from the scientific to the cultural. The outcomes of these investigations entertain the peculiarity of human behaviour.
Drawing from word games’ ability to reveal properties of language Marianne Vierø creates nonsensical rebuses in the form of installation, sculpture and print. Like with traditional rebuses the various elements of her work subtract or add to the value of one another leaving the original meaning nullified while another emerges from the sum of all. In this synthesis of values Vierø shifts the balance between material, method and form to construct a visual vocabulary rich with precarious alliances that transcends traditional boundaries of categorization.
Marianne Vierø (1979, Copenhagen, DK) has been a resident artist at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam; Triangle Arts Association in NYC; and Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Recent solo shows include Dunk at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2017); Coat Concave at die Raum, Berlin (2017); and Glyph at 427, Riga (2015). She has participated in group shows at Future Gallery, Berlin; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and 1857, Oslo among others.
Diego Salvador Rios (Mexico City, 1988) is an artist and researcher. Its production is based on poetic production in terms of language and relationships, for this reason it explores the intersection between art and curatorial practices, mainly through the construction of collective situations and experiences that investigate the politics of representation and the production of knowledge.
Gala-Porras-Kim (Bogotá, Colombia, 1984) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from CalArts and an MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Recent work has been shown at LACMA, Whitney Museum, and the Hammer Museum. She has received awards from Artadia in 2017, Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2016, Creative Capital and Tiffany Foundation in 2015.
Dana Slijboom (1984, Canada) is a Canadian-Dutch painter living and working in Toronto. She holds a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL (2009). She has been included in multiple group exhibitions in both Canada and the Netherlands. In 2018, she presented a solo exhibition Ranch Dressiong at Towards Gallery, Toronto, CA.
The works of Carl Johan Högberg (1979, Sweden, SE/NL) acquire their meaning from the means by which he shuffles and reassembles individual components, re-contextualizing the source material to generate new connections and relationships – reminding us that there are countless ways to interpret a story, a legend or, for that matter, a painting.
Carla Valdivia (1989, Mexico) is the founder of Studio Katsu, a graphic design studio based in Mexico City. Carla is Mexican born, grew up in New York and has a Bachelors in Arts and Graphic Design from Central St. Martins in London. Apart from her studio practice, she runs a lifestyle store called Hi-BYE in Mexico City with two partners.
Cecilia Barreto (1985, Mexico City) Visual artist. Lives and works in Mexico City. Master’s Degree of Fine Arts at FAD, UNAM. In his artistic research projects she develops narratives of recent events. She is was a BBVA Bancomer MACG program fellow for the years 2016–2018. In 2016 she was the winner of the first place in the contest 2nd edition of Parametro Arte Lumen. She was a fellow of the 3rd edition of Beca Adidas Border. In 2009 she was a fellow of the Young Creators program of FONCA. She was selected in the XVI Biennial of Painting Rufino Tamayo (2014) and Honoured in the Eight National Biennial of Painting and engraving Alfredo Zalce (2011).
Eduardo Navarro (1979, Buenos Aires, AR) was born with many extra limbs. He was abandoned by he’s family when he was just a baby. Adopted by the art scene of buenos aires, he skipped art school and became particularly interested in abandoning his body and transforming into non human entities as a way of exploring what he calls emotional technologies. The extra limbs remain, hidden.
Armando Rosales (1987, Cabimas, Venezuela) works mainly with the sculptural in relation to space and its formal and political characteristics, while also engaging in the creation and management of atypical exhibition spaces such as 10,000. Rosales lives and works in Mexico City.
Ceel Mogami de Haas (1982, Selebi Phikwe, Botswana). “I grew up on a farm in central France where my parents, my brothers and I steadily developed a fondness for land and culture. Surrounded for 20 years by 200 goats that we milked two times a day, we trained our imagination intensively. Now, through performances, ensembles, poetry, music and other reticular counter systems, I pursue my experiments with works that tend to form clouds of hieroglyphic narratives. In other words I work hard to build and share models of edited abstractions.”
Johann Martin Kauth (1984, Flensburg, Germany) is an artist and musician living in Belgium. He holds a bachelor of Graphic Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and is currently finishing a masters degree in printmaking at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. His work evolves around publishing, community based activities and interconnections between sound and visual art.
Marisol Rodríguez (1984, Mexico City) is a writer, editor and curator, focused on the intersections of cultural history, popular culture and contemporary art. Since 2012 and from a work in the archives of El Libro Vaquero, she develops an investigation into Mexican comics, about which she has curated exhibitions, published articles and lectured internationally. In 2018 she was invited curator of the Dakar Biennial under the artistic direction of Simon Njami. She has a master's degree in culture, criticism and curatorship. by Central Saint Martins in London. She lives and works in Paris.
Amanda de la Garza Mata (1981, Monclova, MX) She is a curator, art historian and sometimes writes poems. He is interested in the intersections between contemporary art and other disciplines such as literature, contemporary dance and cinema. In recent years he has developed various archival exhibitions, and it is what guides his thinking for now. Think of curatorial practice as a field full of uncertainties, questions and contradictions never resolved.
Esteban Baladro was born in 2015 as a result of after-dinner conversations about the arts in Mexico City. Through images on social networks, his comments try to reproduce the generalized opinions of a small and apparently comfortable sector of the city. Without wishing to point beyond the visible exercise of artistic practice, Baladro believes he could embody a new type of critic, one that spreads under the format of the meme.
Caniche #4 was produced thanks to the support of the French Embassy in Mexico, IFAL and the Casa de Francia.