CV/ABOUT

Tania Candiani

Mexico City, 1974.

 

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With extensive experience in Mexico and internationally, Candiani is interested in the complex intersection between language systems, sound, and logics of technology. There is some nostalgia for the obsolete in her work, which seeks to make explicit both the discursive content of artifacts, and projections for the future envisioned in the past. Her translation processes between sound, words, patterns, and machines create discursive associations and reveal logics of thinking.
Some of her early works took advantage of the language of embroidery to challenge stereotypical images of gender (Gordas, 2002), subverting notions of power within the private and public spheres (Kaunas Graffiti, 2009), or to rekindle what seemed to be lifeless or submissive (La Constancia dormida, 2006). Likewise, her work with embroidery proposes a new insight into the architectural representation of space (From Floor Plans to Confection Patterns: Apartment Houses in New York City, 1900–1914, 2010). As such, her work established a relationship with architecture that would have consequences later in her career.

 

The use of embroidery as a language also intersects with the production of narratives (Tales and Other Nightmares,2009); the thread materializes the existence and the power of the line as containment of meaning, generating shapes and functioning as symbols transformed into text, allowing a multiplicity of meanings to occur between the image and the word. Written language from its minimum particles to literary narrative, as well as its oral tradition (Refranes, 2008; Otros paseos. Otras historias, 2010), has been the starting point for many projects during her career.
Candiani started exploring the possibilities of technology enabling her to continue her research on time (Plataforma Sonora,2012), embroidery, sound (Sobre el Tiempo, 2008), and narrative (Leer de corrido, 2010).

 

In recent years, she has collaborated with interdisciplinary working groups (Five variations on phonic circumstances and a pause, 2012). Her projects are focused on promoting links between the history of science, empirical observation techniques, and technological utopias (Serendipia, 2013 and Atlas, 2015), based on the reinterpretation and recreation of forgotten ideas in order to rethink the moment of invention (Máquina para volar, Besnier 1673, 2015), as well as obsolete artefacts and the restoration of professions to understand the organization of thought as inventive discourse.
Her solo projects include: Five variations on phonic circumstances and a pause, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2012) and Kiblix IT Linux Festival, Máribor, Slovenia (2014); Serendipia, Artium, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2013); La Magdalena y otros estudios de campo, Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013) and Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, México (2014); Tania Candiani: From Floor Plans to Confection Patterns: Apartment Houses in New York City, 1900–1914, Abrons Arts Center, New York, USA (2010).
Her work has also been included in several group exhibitions such as: La gravedad de los asuntos, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (2015) and Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, Russia (2015); Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA (2015); The Future of Fashion is Now, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014); Prix Ars Electronica, CyberArts Exhibition, OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz, Austria (2013); XI Bienal de Cuenca, Museo de Arte Moderno, Ecuador (2011); Vivienda social y autoconstrucción, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2011); Espectrografías. Memorias e historia, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2010); Textile 07/Textile 09, Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania (2007 and 2009); XI Cairo Biennial,Palace of Arts, Cairo, Egypt (2008); Transactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA (2006); Tijuana Sessions, Sala de Exposiciones, Alcalá 31, ARCO 05, Madrid, Spain (2005); IX Salón Bancomer,Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2004).

 

In 2011, Candiani received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2013, the Award of Distinction by the Prix Ars Electronica, in the category of Hybrid Arts. Since 2012 she has been a member of the National System of Art Creators, Mexico. She has participated in several artist-in-residence programs including in Poland, United Kingdom, Austria, USA, Colombia, Russia, Spain, Argentina, Slovenia, Japan, Egypt, and Lithuania.

 

Statement

My research processes take as starting point language, text, the political implications of the domestic, of what is public and private, and of “the others.”
Translate strategies amongst systems –linguistic, visual, phonic– and practices, generates equivalences and associations, where there is a constant nostalgia for the obsolete, that makes me consider the discursive content of artifacts and on the former projections of future. In this quest, I have gathered interdisciplinary work teams that contribute from their diverse knowledge fields and specific skills to archive poetic intersections amongst art and technology.


Textiles have been present in my work as tailoring, as a narrative resource and as labor, socially embedded with meaning. Tailoring as design is a contact point with architecture, where the space distribution of the plans as sewing patterns re-signifying the idea of inhabited space or the utopia of an space that could be inhabited.

 

My creative processes continue linked with language, and my intention is increasingly oriented towards the materiality of sound, the idea of the automaton, the possibilities of mechanisms and the sensible experience with architecture.

 

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Tania Candiani is a Guggenheim scholarship fellow in the Creative Arts category and she is part of the Mexican National System of Creators since 2012.

 

Solo projects

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Serendipia. Artium. Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

La Magdalena y otros estudios de campo. Flora ars+natura-Casa del Lago, Colombia-Mexico City.

Cinco variaciones sobre circunstancias fónicas y una pausa. Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Mexico City.

Plataforma sonora. Condesa DF Hotel-MACO Art Fair, Mexico City.

Refranes. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, U.S.

Tania Candiani: From Floor Plans to Confection Patterns: Apartment Houses in New York City, 1900-1914. Upper Main Gallery, Abrons Art Centre, New York, U.S.

Otros paseos. Otras historias. Lugar Cero, Casa Vecina, Mexico City.

Tales and Other Nightmares. Kuntshaus Miami, Miami, U.S.

Writters y Escritores. Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City.

Other Narrratives. Meno Parkas Galerija, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Kaunas Graffitti. Kaunas, Lithuania. 

Battleground. Tania Candiani & Regina José Galindo, Rubin Center, University of El Paso, Texas.

Habita intervenido. Habita Hotel, Mexico City.

Refranes. Centro Cultural España, Mexico City.

Instrucciones y recetas. La Refaccionaria Gallery, Mexico City.

Toque de valla. Playas de Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico.

Cierre Libertad. Colonia Libertad, Tijuana, Mexico.

Habitantes y fachadas. Façades intervention, Urbi (Social Housing Program), Tijuana, Mexico.

La Constancia dormida. La Constancia Mexicana, Textile Factory, Puebla, Mexico.

Studio Dust. STUDIO, London, U.K.

Food Quilt. The Eating Project, Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas, U.S.

Lo visible intervenido. Centro Cultural España. Mexico City.

Mattresses. Kunsthaus Miami, Miami, U.S.

Mi casa no es tu casa. White Box, New York, U.S.

Protección Familiar. Festival Internacional Cervantino. Kunsthaus Santa Fe Gallery, Mexico.

Gordas. MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latinoamericana, San Jose, California, U.S.

Cerca Series: Tania Candiani at MCA. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, U.S.

Gordas. Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Mexico.

Gordas. Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico.

 

Group Shows (Selection)

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An Antipode so Close. Mexican Contemporary Art, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Dehli, India.

Sonorama. Del Hi-Fi al Mp3. Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City.

Prix Ars Electronica. Cyber Arts Exhibition. OÖ Kuturquartier, Linz, Austria.

Art at the Border. 21 Century Responses. 516 Arts. Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

Ninguna forma de vida es inevitable. Flora ars+natura, Bogota, Colombia.

La elipsis arquitectónica. Centro Cultural Tlatelolco, Mexico City.

Teoría de la entropía. Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico City.

The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, U.S.

Exhibición grupal. Galería del Infinito Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Contested Territories. Dorsky Gallery, New York. U.S.

Maletas migrantes. Museo de la memoria y la tolerancia, Mexico City.

Mnemografías. Entre la superficie y la memoria. Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City.

About Change. In Latin America and the Caribbean. The World Bank, Washington, D.C., U.S.

XI Bienal de Cuenca. Museo de Arte Moderno, Ecuador.

Arte y política. Conflictos y disyuntivas. Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico.

SF>DF>TJ>GOT. Galleri Rotor, The Valand School of Fine Arts, Gotenburg, Sweden.

Vivienda social y autoconstrucción. Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

Fashion is for Ugly People. Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, New York, U.S.

Obra Negra. Centro Cultural Tiijuana, Tijuana, Mexico.

Tracing the Unseen Border. La MaMa Galleria, New York, U.S.

DF < SF < TJ. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. San Francisco, California, U.S.

Espectrografías. Memorias e Historia. MUAC. Mexico City.

Fake It. Studio XX. Quebec.

smART. Miami Dade College. Miami.

Citizen Participant. Darb 1718. Cairo.

Open Studios. ISCP (International Studios & Curatorial Program). New York.

Trienal Internacional del Caribe. Museo de Arte Moderno. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Project Birch Forest Part II. White Box. New York.

Ready Media. Arqueología de los medios y la invención en México. Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Mexico City.

Creación en Movimiento. Jovenes Creadores. Biblioteca Vasconcelos. Mexico City.

Mudanzas: Migraciones múltiples. Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo. Oaxaca, Mexico.

Textile 09. Textile Biennial. Textile 09. Kaunas, Lithuania.

20 años FONCA. Creación en Movimiento. Biblioteca Vasconcelos. Mexico City.

Mudanzas: Migraciones múltiples. Celda Contemporánea. Mexico City; Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Oaxaca, Mexico.

El Ahijado. Alterna y Corriente. Mexico City.

Drawing the Line. Museum of Contemporary Art. San Diego.

XI Cairo Biennial. Palace of Arts. Cairo.

Laugh Track. Brussels Biennial 1/Off Program. Brussels.

Insurrectas y estridentes. Festival Internacional Cervantino. Guanajuato, Mexico.

Neurotic Playground. Symptoms of Distress, Tension and Irritability. The Redhead Gallery. Toronto.

Parientes de Ocasión. Centro de la Imagen. Mexico City.

Detrás del sueño. Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Oaxaca, Mexico.

Textile 07. Kaunas Art Biennial. Kaunas, Lithuania.

Mi Tema. Centro Cultural Tijuana. Tijuana, Mexico.

Viva México. Zacheta National Gallery of Art. Warsaw, Poland.

Media Asta/Half Mast. Haydee Rovirosa Gallery. New York.

Nit/Thread. Koroska Galerija. Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.

Behind the Dream.Contemporary Mexican Photography. National Center for Contemporary Art. Moscow.

Sister Cities Testing Boundaries Exhibition. El Paso Museum of Art. El Paso, Tx.

Art for Art's Shake. Palazzo Zambeccari. Bologna, Italy.

Transactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art. Museum of Contemporary Art. La Jolla, Ca.

Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana. Museum of Contemporary Art. La Jolla, Ca.

Tijuana Organic: Women's Border Realities. Cornerhouse. Manchester; SPACE Gallery. London; Centro Cultural Tijuana. Tijuana, Mexico.

Tracking and Tracing: Contemporary Acquisitions 2000-2005. San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego.

Tijuana Sessions. Alcalá 31. ARCO 05. Madrid; Centro de Historia de Zaragoza. Zaragoza, Spain.

Vértigos y Delirios. Centro Cultural España, Mexico City.

Espejos/Mirrors, Contemporary Mexican Artists in the United States. Instituto Cultural de México. Washington, D.C.

Democracy was Fun.  White Box. New York.

Soy y que. New Chicano/Latino Representations. Yerbabuena Center for the Arts. San Francisco.

Larva. Centro Cultural Tijuana. Tijuana, Mexico; Pinacoteca, Centro de las Artes. Monterrey, Mexico.

IX Salón Bancomer.  Museo de  Arte  Moderno.  Mexico City.

Manualidad. UABC. Proyecto del Grupo Martes. Tijuana, Mexico.

Torture. The Latino Museum of History, Arts & Culture. Los Angeles; Herbst International Exhibition Hall, Presidio. San Francisco.

Tapetes 01. Centro Cultural Tijuana. Proyecto del Grupo Martes. Tijuana, Mexico.

Bienal Internacional de Estandartes. Centro Cultural Tijuana. Tijuana, Mexico.

IV Bienal de Monterrey. Museo de Monterrey. Monterrey, Mexico.

 

Grants/Artist in Residency

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Prix Ars Electronica. Award of Distinction, Hybrid Arts, Linz, Austria.

Flora Ars+Natura. Residency, Colombia.

Production Residency. Artium, Spain.

Fonoteca Nacional. Production Residency, Mexico City.

URRA. Programa de Residencias. Argentina, Buenos Aires.

Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. Fellowship. Mexico.

Fundación Bancomer. Grant for Production. Mexico.

Guggenheim Fellowship. Creative Fields. Latin America & Caribbean Fellows.

Trienal Internacional del Caribe. Jury Special Mention.

Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes & ISCP. Artist in Residency Program. New York.

Kaunas Biennial. Residency Program. Kaunas, Lithuania.

XI Cairo Biennial. Special Mention of the Jury. Cairo.

Textile 07 Biennial. First Prize. Kaunas, Lithuania.

Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Fellowship for Young Creators. Mexico.

Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes. Fellowship. Mexico.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Artist in Residence. Nebraska, US.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Artist in Residence. Nebraska, US.

Alberta Du Pont Bonsal Foundation. Prize in Arts. La Jolla, Ca.

Fondo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes. Fellowship. Mexico.

 

 

Public Collections

 

Deutsche Bank; INBA, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes; Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla; The Mexican Museum. San Francisco, California, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California; Alberta Du Pont Bonsal Foundation, La Jolla, California; Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, California; Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico; among others.