Gustavo Artigas’ latest works relate ludic structures to disaster situations, creating interfaces to be played and developed by spectators or specific human groups. Themes such as social tension and behavior, encompassing extreme or unusual situations, are important subjects in his projects.
Gustavo Artigas, born in Mexico City in 1970, continues to live and work there. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, FONCA-CONACULTA. His recent solo exhibitions include Gustavo Artigas: Relay (Endless), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado, 2011; Recent accidents, documents and executions, Galería Hilario Galguera, Mexico City, 2007; Gustavo Artigas: Three Times, Galerie B-312, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, 2007; Unexpected, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, 2006; The History of Shock Therapy, École des beaux-arts, Palais des Arts, Toulouse, 2005; Cerca Series: Gustavo Artigas, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2004; and The Rules of the Game, A Space Gallery, Toronto, 2003.
Artigas’s recent group exhibitions include New Productions: Project Juárez, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, 2010–11; Games & Theory, South London Gallery, 2008; Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2007 (toured to Museo Alameda, San Antonio); Urban Voids, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2007; Declaraciones, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2005; Don’t Call It Performance, El Museo del Barrio, New York, 2004; and Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, 2002 (toured to Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin).
He is part of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, FONCA-CONACULTA, since 2007. Artigas currently directs a Contemporary Art Workshop at Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado, LA ESMERALDA in Mexico City.