Edgardo Aragón was born in 1985 in Oaxaca, Mexico. He currently lives and works between Oaxaca and Mexico City, Mexico.
In the work of Edgardo Aragón the structures of power, violence and politics are addressed in recorded performances that are recreations of past events, freely mixing story lines from family history and political history. Describing his oeuvre, he says: “My work often evolves around how power from a higher level is used to segment a large part of the population.” His videos, serene in appearance, show scenarios formed by landscapes that in fact hide a political discourse. They develop narratives inspired by the everyday environment and harsh social realities, mostly of his home country Mexico. They become documents of mournful sensibility that use an eerie silence to bring awareness in a most piercing way.
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at various institutions including the Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2016);CAPC, Bordeaux (2016) Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico (2012); MoMA P.S.1, New York, USA (2012). His work has also been included in various group exhibitions in venues such as the Jewish Museum, New York, USA (2015), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2012 and 2011); San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA (2011); Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijon, Spain (2011); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgim (2010). His work was also included in the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Young Artists, Russia; the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey and the 8th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil.
His films have been screened in film festivals in Werkleitz, Germany; Marseille, France and Mexico City, Mexico. In 2015, Edgardo Aragón was part of the Jeu de Paume project “Inventing the Possible. Ephemeral Video Library”.