Claudia Fontes

Claudia Fontes is a visual artist who explores through her actions, objects and research the poetic space and alternative modes of perception of culture, nature, history and society that emerge from processes of decolonisation, be they personal, interpersonal, or social.

UK-based Argentinean artist, Fontes is currently representing Argentina at the Venice Biennale, with her large-scale sculptural installation The Horse Problem. She is also one of seven artists who have been invited to serve as the curatorial team for the upcoming Bienal de São Paulo, which opens in September 2018.

Fontes has exhibited widely internationally, including Documenta (13), Kassel, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, I.C.I. (Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana), and her sculpture Reconstruction of the Portrait of Pablo Miguez is permanently installed at Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires.

Her work features in public collections including MALBA (Museum for Latin American Art), MAMBA (Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art) and MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art Rosario), as well as in private collections internationally.

In parallel to her artistic practice, she has spearheaded the creation of several artists’ networks of cooperation, and has generated spaces for the development of critical thought, particularly in relation to artist-led culture. Amongst them was TRAMA, a platform of cooperation amongst artists that became a strong point of reference for DIY, self organised visual artists culture both locally and internationally. Since 2013, she directs The Appreciation Society, a non-for-profit company based in England for the production of collective artistic projects worldwide, involving communities left out from the globalised art scene.

Fontes will have a solo exhibition at Cecilia Brunson Projects London in the summer of 2018.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964
Lives and works in Brighton


EDUCATION

1982 – 1985 Degree in Art History, Buenos Aires University, Buenos Aires
1983 – 1987 Degree in Fine Arts, National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Buenos Aires
1996-1997 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Post-degree residency program during which she worked under the advice of Richard Deacon, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Avis Newman, Peter Struycken, Dennis Adams & Hermann Pitz.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
The Horse Problem, Argentina Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2017, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2016
500. Performance. Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2011
El sonido del árbol caído, Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2003
Colectiva. Galería Luisa Pedrouzo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1999
Tres días antes. Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1995
ICI (Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana), Buenos aires, Argentina

1992
Casal de Catalunya, Buenos Aires, Argentina 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Lifting the Veil, Rosenfeld Porcini, London, UK

2012
The Worldly House, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany.

2011
Frieze Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair. London, UK

2006
Again for Tomorrow, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2002
Últimas tendencias, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Galería Luisa Pedrouzo, arteBA, Feria de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Exhibition of winning projects for Parque de la Memoria, Centro Cultural la Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2001
Movimientos inmóviles, Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires, Argentina

1999
Parque de la Memoria, Salón Dorado, Legislatura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Escultura y memoria, Sociedad Central de Arquitectos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
International Sculpture Prize for Parque de la Memoria, Legislatura de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Failure, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1998
Analogías del Sur, Fundación Santillana, Santillana del Mar, Spain

1997
Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam Netherlands
Object Reader, Cultural Center of Brugge, Belgium

1996
Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1994
90-60-90, Fundación Banco Patricios, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Taller de Barracas, Galería Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires, Argentina


PUBLIC ART

Reconstruction of the Portrait of Pablo Míguez. Sculpture installed permanently on the waters of Río de la Plata at Parque de la Memoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


AWARDS

1999 Parque de la Memoria Award. In homage to the victims of the State Terrorism in Argentina. Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires


GRANTS

1987 Tercer Premio Air France
1993 First Mention Bienal de Arte Ciudad Joven
1994 Taller de Barracas, Scholarship granted by Fundación Antorchas, Buenos Aires
1998 Fundación Antorchas Travel Grant to attend the symposium Biella, L’arte al centro in Italy
2000-2001 Fundación Antorchas Grant for the development of project Trama
2009 DOEN Foundation. Grant for research on the impact of artistic practice on the development of communities in East and West Africa
2013 Eaton Fund, stipend for art materials and items of equipment.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011
-Soto, Mariano, Mapa de sombras, Revista Sauna, 20 August 2011
-Herrera, Mónica, Decoy for Andean Condor, Ramona online, 2 december 2011.
-Lebenglik, Fabián, Una Vuelta con Evocaciones, Página 12, 30 August 2011.
-Battistozzi, Ana María, La Inminencia de algo irreparable, Revista Ñ, Clarín, 11 September 2011.
-Villar, Eduardo. Articulaciones en torno al Parque de la Memoria. Sauna, revista de arte. Año 1, número 12
-Schevach, Gabriela. The fine thread of transformation. Juanele AR, 18 August 2011
-Farina, Fernando- ROSARIO: Un nuevo museo será inaugurado en septiembre. Página 12, 16 March

2004
-Tortosa, Alina, Un perfil del arte contemporáneo argentino. Archives of the Present / Year 8 / Number 32 / Buenos Aires / Argentina – pages 201 to 205.

2003
-Alexandra Jaenicke, Cadena Arte (public channel at French-German TV), December.
-Proyecto Parque de la Memoria, Comisión Pro Monumento a las Víctimas del Terrorismo de Estado, Buenos Aires.
-Tortosa, Alina; The urgent gift; Buenos Aires Herald, 5th October 2003
-Laddaga, Reinaldo, Líneas de dinero. Catalogue for Colectiva, Galería Luisa Pedrouzo, Buenos Aires, October 2003.

2002
-Últimas tendencias, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, catalogue 2002.
-Tortosa, Alina, An illustrated panorama of the 1990’s. Buenos Aires Herald, 2 June 2002.
-Oppenheim, Dennis & Fontes, Claudia. Talking not to forget. Dialogue about Parque de la Memoria, Ramona, 21-22, March 2002, page 64.

2001
-López Anaya, Jorge; La Argentina en el mundo, La Nación, 30th December 2001.
-El arte de los ’90, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, 2001.

2000
-Elling, Iris, Niet-Westerse kunstenaars netwerken in Amsterdam. IS, #3, March 2000.
-Van Voss, Sandra Heerma, Eerbetoon aan de Dwaze Moeders, NRCHandelsblad, 22 April 2000.
-Saccomanno, Guillermo. El libro de la buena memoria, 13 August 2000.

1999
-Oliveras, Elena, Claudia Fontes- Museo de Arte Moderno. Art Nexus, 1999.
-Rebergen, Wils. Nederlands kunstwerk in park Buenos Aires. Trouw, 2 December 1999.
-Casanegra, Mercedes. La condición humana. La Nación, 17 October 1999.
-Santiago García Navarro, Autorretrato. La Nación, 1 October 1999.
-Shows by Claudia Fontes, Adriana Lestido and Enio Iommi, El Cronista, 30 September

1999.
-Ferrer, Christian. Cuando huye el día. Catalogue at MAMBA, October 1999.
-Parque de la Memoria. Página 12, 13 July 1999.
-Se eligen las obras para el Parque de la Memoria, La Prensa, 10 July 1999.
-Capalbo, Hebe Eliana, Claudia Fontes: Tres días antes, instalación. Cátedra de historia del arte argentino II.
-BEELDENDE KUNST, De Volkskrant, 3 June 1999

1998
-Gache, Belén. El travestismo, camuflaje e intimidación. El mimetismo de los cuerpos en el Arte Argentino
-Contemporáneo. Nuevos Ensayos de arte.
-Aristizábal, Irma. Catálogo de Imágenes de Argentina
–Analogías, Fundación Santillana, June-September

1997
-Talent Rijksakademie presenteert zich schuchter, De Volkskrant, 27 November1997

1995
-Laura Batkis, Claudia Fontes, Instituto de cooperación Iberoamericana. Art Nexus magazine, December 1995.
-Anthology for a spatial Buenos Aires. Revista Abitare 342, special issue on Buenos Aires, July-August 1995. Edited by Emilio Ambasz.
-Katzenstein, Inés, Escultura en contrapunto. Elle Magazine, June 1995.
-Oubiña, David, La memoria de las fuentes, catalogue for exhibition at ICI, Buenos Aires, June 1995.

1994
-Battistozzi, Ana María, Muy cerca del paraíso. Página 12, 30 December 1994 -Lebenglik, Fabián, Espacio para diez volúmenes, Página 12, 6 December 1994. -Farina, Fernando, La pisada de los diez artistas de -Barracas, La Capital, Rosario, 2 December 1994.
-Sánchez, Julio, El taller de Barracas. La Maga, 30 November 1994.
-Laura Batkis, El Taller de Barracas, catalogue. Galería Ruth Benzacar, November 1994.
-Oliveras, Elena, La postmodernidad, un debate inconcluso, 1994.

1993
-Herrera, María José, Gazzotti & Fontes, Catalogue Casal de Catalunya, May 1993.
-Lebenglik, Fabián, Una de jóvenes selectos y maestros seleccionadores, Página12, 12 January 1993.


COLLECTIONS

Her work features in the collections of MALBA (Museum for Latin American Art), MAMBA (Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art) and MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art Rosario), and in private collections in Argentina and Europe.