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alejandro cesarco

biography

Alejandro Cesarco was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1975. Lives and works in New York.

In the past two decades Alejandro Cesarco has been making art as well as publishing books and curating exhibitions. Using film, photography and text, Cesarco's practice investigates the agency of meaning, and how the expression of that agency is embedded within the practices of writing and reading, translating and misreading, repeating and remembering. The formal strategies of Cesarco's (isolating a footnote from its context, the ongoing compilation of indexes for an as-yet unwritten book, a video who's narrative structure is based on secrecy, for example) are often marked by an emotional register, where affect colludes with language to produce a series of metanarratives in dialogue with the histories of Conceptual Art. In addition to his studio practice, the artist has curated several exhibitions and runs Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.), a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to document conversations between artists.

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Alejandro Cesarco was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1975. Lives and works in New York.

In the past two decades Alejandro Cesarco has been making art as well as publishing books and curating exhibitions. Using film, photography and text, Cesarco's practice investigates the agency of meaning, and how the expression of that agency is embedded within the practices of writing and reading, translating and misreading, repeating and remembering. The formal strategies of Cesarco's (isolating a footnote from its context, the ongoing compilation of indexes for an as-yet unwritten book, a video who's narrative structure is based on secrecy, for example) are often marked by an emotional register, where affect colludes with language to produce a series of metanarratives in dialogue with the histories of Conceptual Art. In addition to his studio practice, the artist has curated several exhibitions and runs Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.), a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to document conversations between artists.

His works have been shown in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions include: Alejandro Cesarco, a solo exhibition, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2019); Aprendiendo el Lenguaje, Museo Amparo, Puebla (2019); Tactics & Techniques, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2019); Alejandro Cesarco. Apprendre la langue (présent continu I), Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (2019); Song, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2017); The Inner Shadow, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam (2016); Prescribe the Symptom, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015); Secondary Revision, Frac Île-de-France /Le Plateau, Paris (2013); A Portrait, a Story, and an Ending, Kunsthalle Zürich (2013); Alejandro Cesarco, mumok, Vienna (2012); A Common Ground, Uruguayan Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial (2011); One without the Other, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2011); and Present Memory, Tate Modern, London (2010).

Group exhibitions include: Affective Affinities, 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018); Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo (2017); Question the Wall Itself, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Under the Same Sun, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Tell It to My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2013); and The Imminence of Poetics, 30th Bienal de São Paulo (2012).

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images

Learning the Language (Present Continuous I), 2018

video, color, sound

18'25''

Margarita's Music Book (Spes Vitae), 2018

Archival ink-jet print

95 × 119 cm

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

New York Public Library Picture Collection (Subject Headings - Cross References), 2018

4 archival ink-jet prints

76,2 × 54,6 cm each

Der Familienroman (The Family Novel), 2017

Framed archival ink-jet print

102 × 134 cm

Der Familienroman (The Family Novel), 2017

Framed archival ink-jet print

102 × 134 cm

Where I'm Calling From, 2012

4 archival inkjet prints

76,2 × 101,6 cm (each)

A Portrait of Sherrie Levine, 2017

Two framed archival ink-jet prints

76 × 56 cm (each)

Picture #29, 2013

Archival inkjet print

37,3 × 50,4 cm

Picture #25, 2013

Archival inkjet print

40,4 x 50,4 cm

Interlude, 2017

8mm film transferred to digital, color, sound

2'

The Inner Shadow, 2016

8mm film transferred to digital, color, sound

6'

Allegory or The Perils of The Present Tense, 2015

16mm film transferred to digital, colour, silent

10'21"

Mirrored Portrait, 2015

16mm film transferred to digital, color, silent

3'50"

Musings, 2013

16mm black and white film transferred to video, sound

15' 30''

Present Memory, 2010

HD video and 16mm film transferred to video, color, sound

9'40"

Zeide Isaac, 2010

HD video with sound

6'

public exhibitions

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

Rotterdam

Alejandro Cesarco, a solo exhibition

8.9.2019 – 5.1.2020

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

Rotterdam

Alejandro Cesarco, a solo exhibition

8.9.2019 – 5.1.2020

Contemporary Art Centre

Vilnius

Alejandro Cesarco: Tactics & Techniques

8.2 – 31.3.2019

Photo: CAC/Andrej Vasilenko

Contemporary Art Centre

Vilnius

Alejandro Cesarco: Tactics & Techniques

8.2 – 31.3.2019

Photo: CAC/Andrej Vasilenko

Contemporary Art Centre

Vilnius

Alejandro Cesarco: Tactics & Techniques

8.2 – 31.3.2019

Photo: CAC/Andrej Vasilenko

SculptureCenter

Jackson Avenue, intersection Queens Plaza

Long Island City

Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes

3.6 – 2.7.2017

SculptureCenter

Jackson Avenue, intersection Queens Plaza

Long Island City

Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes

3.6 – 2.7.2017

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

Chicago

Song

18.11.2017 – 28.1.2018

Photo: Useful Art Services

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

Chicago

Song

18.11.2017 – 28.1.2018

Photo: Useful Art Services

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

Chicago

Song

18.11.2017 – 28.1.2018

Photo: Useful Art Services

press

His Back Pages

Gill Partington

London Review of Books

Dicember 31, 2019

Interviews: Alejandro Cesarco

Alejandro Cesarco discusses his show at the Renaissance Society

Lauren O’Neill-Butler

Artforum

November 28, 2017

Alejandro Cesarco e il dilemma del tempo che passa

ATP Diary

March 3, 2014

Alejandro Cesarco

Aoife Rosenmeyer

Frieze

May 22, 2013

Alessandro Cesarco

On secrecy, enigma and regret

Martin Herbert

ArtReview

December 2012

publications

Apprendre la langue (present continu i)

Margarita Fernández, Martín Bauer

Jeu de Paume

Paris

2018

Alejandro Cesarco: Song

Texts by Solveig Øvstebø, Lynne Tillman, Julie Ault and Wayne Koestenbaum

Renaissance Society

Chicago

2017

Alejandro Cesarco

Edited by Matthias Michalka

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2012

Alejandro Cesarco: Marguerite Duras' India Song

Alejandro Cesarco

Art in General

Brooklyn

2007