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.