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Short Bio

The work of Luis Felipe Ortega engages contemporary thought by seizing words, phrases and ideas of writers and filmmakers, philosophers, anthropologist, music and artists so as to weave a hybrid map of relations. Through this map, through this primary material, Ortega generates actions, situations, videos, drawings, sculptures and installations.  By placing in tension the framework or limits of the pieces with the body of the spectator, his work always frames the specific political dimensions of art. The horizon, the emptiness and the constant silence are locations of arrival and new departures in his production.

To produce ideas (tools) through which we engage with other ideas is one of Ortega’s primary obsessions; his production can thus be understood as a ludic field through which to construct these tools.

 

Luis Felipe Ortega (Mexico City, 1966) completed his undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Since the 1990s, he has published extensively and edited several magazines. In 2002, he held an artistic residency in the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. He has received numerous recognitions, including the Sistema Nacional de Creadores (2006, 2009, 2015) and FONCA, Jóvenes Creadores (1998).

 

His work has also been a part of biennials such as: Bienal de Coimbra, Portugal(2019); La Biennale di Venezia, Mexican’s National Pavillon, Venece (2015); Pague Biennale, Czech Republic (2009); Tirana Biennale, Albania (2001) and Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2000).

 

His most important  solo exhibitions include: A Horizon Falls, A Shadow, Mattatoio-MACRO, Rome (2018); A propósito del borde de las cosas, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico (2017); Así es, ahora es ahora, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico (2010); Horizonte Invertido, El Clauselito, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico (2010); Before the Horizon, Maison d’Art Actuel des Chartreux, Belgium (2006); Ocupación, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico (2004), Km 96, Kurimanzutto, México (2002); Yo, Nosotros, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico (2000) and Campo de acción, Art&Idea, Mexico (1997).

 

Additionally, his work has been included in various group exhibitions: Between Words and Silence. The Work of Translation, Armory Center for de Arts, Pasadena (2017); Punk, sus Rastros en el Arte Contemporáneo, MACBA/Barcelona, Museo Universitario del Chopo/Mexico (2016); Strange Currencies. Art and Action in Mexico City 1990-2000, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia (2016); Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965-2015, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2016); Antes de la Resaca. Una Fracción de los Noventa en la Colección del MUAC, Mexico (2011); La Era de la Discrepancia, MUAC, Mexico, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina/Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2008); Esquiador en el Fondo del Pozo, Jumex, Mexico; After the Act, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst, Austria (2005); Cover Theory. L'arte Contemporanea Come Re-interpretazione, Officina della Luce, Italy (2003); Elephant Juice (Sexo entre amigos), Kurimanzutto, Mexico (2003); Ummaguma: Especies de Indeterminación, Mexico, (1995); Jorge Kunst Uit Mexico, Belgium (1994) y Temístocles 44-I (Decoraciones para el hogar), Mexico (1993).


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
2019
Sumatorio, nuevas incorporaciones a la colección Carrillo Gil.
Mexico City Mexico .
2019
Arte acción en México, registros y residuos
Ciudad de México México .
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