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Short Bio

Luis Felipe Ortega (Mexico City, 1966) is an artist with a long carreer experimenting with diverse media such as video, action, drawing, installation, and sculpture. Having started his career as a philosopher, theoretical and literary references have molded his thinking through the years. A decidedly heterogeneous artist, in the 1990s Ortega was part of the independent artist collective in Mexico City called “Temístocles 44” and founded legendary publishing projects such as Casper, a mutating publication that operated as a platform for the references and allegiances of his generation to be heard.

Since 1993 he has exhibited individually and collectively both in Mexico and around the world, notably representing Mexico in the 56th Venice Bienniale in 2015. Amongst his solo exhibtions the following can be selected: A Horizon Falls, a Shadow, Mattatoio, Rome (2018); Regarding the Edge of Things, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2017); So it is, now is now, Alameda Art Laboratory, Mexico (2010); Inverted Horizon, The Clauselito, Mexico City Museum, Mexico (2010); Before the Horizon, Maison d'Art Actuel des Chartreux, Belgium (2006); Occupancy, Public Art Room Siqueiros, Mexico City (2004). Selected group shows include: Punk, its traces in contemporary art, MACBA / Barcelona, Museo Universitario del Chopo / Mexico (2016); Strange Currencies. Art and Action in Mexico City 1990-2000, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia (2016); Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965-2015, Ely and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2016); Before the hangover. A fraction of the nineties in the collection of MUAC, Mexico (2011); The Age of Discrepancy, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina / Pinacoteca of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2008); After the Act, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2005); Something Happens, Nothing, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York (2002). He has participated in a number of international biennials: 4th Prague Biennial, Karlin Hall, Thamova (2009); Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2002); Biennial of Tirana, Albania (2001) and Biennial of Gwangju, South Korea (2000).

Throughout his career, Ortega has maintained an investigation of media and its relationship to the artistic language. Interested in the infinite trajectory of the horizon line, his work explores the sculptural, temporal, and material conditions of landscape, silence, and emptiness as resources that lead to the possibility of rethinking the contemporary subject. 


CV
Solo exhibitions
2013

(Notes for an Inclusion of Silence)

Ciudad de MéxicoMéxicoMarso Galería
2012

Some Things Last a Long Time

Mexico CityMexicoGalería Desiré Saint Phalle
2009

Desayuno para Dino Campana

SinaloaMexicoNivel 5. Museo de Arte de Sinaloa
2006

Before the Horizon

BrusselsBelgiumMaison d’Art Actuel des Chartreux
2004

Occupancy

Mexico CityMexicoSala de Arte Público Siqueiros.
2002

Something Happens, Nothing

New YorkUSAInternational Studio and Curatorial Program.
2001

Nothing Else

New YorkUSAArt & Idea Gallery
2000

Yo, Nosotros

Mexico CityMexicoCentro de la Imagen
1999

Reisen

HamburgGermanyButtclub
1997

Campo de acción

MexicoMexicoGalería Art & Idea
Group exhibitions
2017
Le immagini reinventate
Carrara Italy .
2017
Body / Action / Object
Oslo Norway .
2017
Between Words and Silence. The Work of Translation
Pasadena USA .
2016
Punk. Sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo
Barcelona / Mexico City Spain / Mexico .
2016
Time Test. International Video Art Reasearch Exhibition
Beijing China .
2015
Moving time: video art at 50, 1965-2015
Michigan USA .
2015
Strange Currencies: Radical Objects and Dissident Acts – Mexico City, 1990-2000.
Philadelphia USA .
2015
In Girum Imus Nocte et Consimur Igni
Mexico City Mexico .
2014
Contemporary Mexican Art
London England .
2014
On what there might not be
Mexico City Mexico .
2013
Yo es otros. Contemporary Selfportrait.
Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico .
2013
Todos los fuegos.
Guadalajara Mexico .
2012
(la distancia interna)
Mannheim Germany .
2011
1, 2, 3, Volume
Mexico City Mexico .
2011
God only knows who the audience is: Performance, video and television through the lens of La Mamelle
San Francisco USA .
2011
Antes de la resaca. Una fracción de los noventa en la colección del MUAC
Mexico City Mexico .
2011
Lonarte 11 Project
Madeira Portugal .
2011
Lásku. Z. Peklalove. From. Hell.
Prague Czech Republic .
2010
IP Détorunement.
Paris France .
2010
The moles’s horizon
Brussels Belgium .
2010
Trayectorias Aleatorias
Brussels Belgium .
2010
¡Son techo está pelón!
Mexico City Mexico .
2010
Constante, la nueva Babilonia
Zapopan Mexico .
2010
Cineseptiembre.
Mazatlán Mexico .
2009
4th Prague Biennale
Prague Czech Republic .
2009
4ta Bienal Nacional de Arte Visual Universitario
Toluca Mexico .
2009
Solar
Mexico City Mexico .
2008
The Age of Discrepancies.
Buenos Aires Argentina .
2008
Percepciones
Mexico City Mexico .
2008
Ambulante.
Mexico City Mexico .
2007
Patio y Jardín
Puebla Mexico .
2007
The Age of Discrepancies.
Mexico City Mexico .
2006
Esquiador en el fondo de un pozo
Mexico City Mexico .
2006
Singular e/o Plural
São Paulo Brazil .
2006
Videomuros
Cuernavaca Mexico .
2005
After the Act
Vienna Austria .
2005
Metropolis Mexica: Aspects De L’art Contemporain Au Mexique
Amiens France .
2005
Killing Me Softly
New York USA .
2003
Clouds beneath your window
Piacenza Italy .
2003
Cover Theory
Piacenza Italy .
2003
Elephant juice (Sexo entre amigos)
Mexico City Mexico .
2002
Gwangju Biennale
Gwangju Korea .
2002
ABC DF
Mexico City Mexico .
2002
Salón Bancomer
Mexico City Mexico .
2001
Lost In Space
New York USA .
2001
Mutations. La video mexicaine actuelle
Toulousse / Montpellier France .
2001
Ventanas
Madrid Spain .
2001
Metrópolis Mexica
Amiens France .
2001
Tirana Biennale 1
Tirana Albania .
2000
c/o La Ciudad
Ottawa Canada .
2000
Gabriel Orozco Invite À La Galerie Chantal Crousel La Galerie Kurimanzutto
Paris France .
2000
Five Continents and a City
Mexico City Mexico .
2000
Permanencia Voluntaria
Mexico City Mexico .
2000
Action Videos
New York USA .
2000
Creación en Movimiento
Mexico City Mexico .
2000
New Generation Video Art
Switzerland .
1999
Market Economy
Mexico City Mexico .
1999
It looks like rain.
Itinerant. England, Ireland, Holland, Mexico. .
1999
Paradise 8
New York USA .
1999
La sala del artista
Mexico City Mexico .
1999
Desmaterialización en raciones. Objetos de morfologías
Guanajuato Mexico .
1998
Cambio
Mexico City Mexico .
1998
Videos D´ Art Du Mexique Et Des Etats-Unis
Lyon France .
1997
Shopping
Mexico City Mexico .
1997
Cambio
New York USA .
1997
Mercurio, comunicación y dinero
Guadalajara Mexico .
1996
Arts Scenes
Paris France .
1996
Muestra de Arte y Cine Independiente
Ciudad de México México .
1995
La liga de la injusticia
Mexico City Mexico .
1995
UMAGUMA. Especies de indeterminación.
Guadalajara. Mexico. .
1994
Terror on the Roller Coaster
Mexico City Mexico .
1994
Jonge kunst uit México
Hasselt Belgium .
1994
Tongue
Mexico Mexico .
1994
Monochrome
Mexico City Mexico .
1994
Calm
Mexico City Mexico .
1993
Installations at Temístocles 44
Mexico City Mexico .
Grants
2006-2009, 2010-2013 and 2015-18
Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. Discipline: Alternative media
FONCA
Mexico
2002
Artist in Residence
International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP
New York
1998-99
Jóvenes Creadores. Discipline: Alternative media
FONCA
Mexico
1993
Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales Program, Project funding for: Temístocles 44, Mexico City.
CONACULTA
MEXICO