12.11.08 - 16.03.09
Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Damian Ortega, born in 1967 in Mexico City, is the first Latin American artist to exhibit in Espace 315. Along with Abraham Cruz-Villegas and Gabriel Kuri, he is one of the most prominent artists of the new Mexican generation. He first came to wider attention with his Cosmic Thing at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, consisting of a Volkswagen beetle dismantled and suspended from the ceiling, an ironic deconstruction of a cult object of Mexico's consumer society. Damian Ortega began his career as a creator of political comic strips and his art has never departed from this keen sense of playfulness. With a slightly irreverent approach, the artist parodies the purity of minimalist sculpture. His sculptures, photographs and actions often draw on "poor" materials and evoke potential evolution and continual change. A certain scepticism regarding the utopian forms of modern architecture and a pronounced taste for language games are likewise central to his creative approach.

Curator: Christine Macel
Scenography: Maciej Fiszer
Lightings: Centre Georges Pompidou
Contractor: Centre Georges Pompidou
Surface area: 315 m²