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 and political history. Describing his oeuvre, the artist has stated: “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, developing narratives inspired by the everyday social realities of his home country, Mexico. The works become documents of mournful sensibility that call our attention to the appalling universality of the problems he addresses.
His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at various institutions including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Mexico (2017); the CAPC, Bordeaux, France (2016); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2016); Tabacalera, Madrid (2014); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, (2012); MoMA P.S.1, New York, (2012); and the Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, (2012).
Group exhibitions where his work has been included have taken place in institutions such as the MAMM, Medellín, Colombia (2019); Beirut Museum of Art in Tripoli, Lebanon (2018); Renaissance Society in Chicago (2018); Jewish Museum, New York (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit (2015); Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2013); Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2013); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012 and 2011); San Francisco Art Institute (2011); Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijón, Spain (2011); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2010). His work has also been featured in the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Young Artists; the 12th Istanbul Biennial, and the 8th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil, among others.
His films have been screened in numerous film festivals in Werkleitz, Germany; Marseille, France and Mexico City. In 2015, Edgardo Aragón was part of the Jeu de Paume project “Inventing the Possible. Ephemeral Video Library”.