Edgardo Aragón was born in 1985 in Oaxaca, Mexico. He currently lives and works between Oaxaca and Mexico City.
In the work of Edgardo Aragón the structures of power, violence and politics are addressed in recorded performances that recreate past events, freely mixing stories from domestic and political contexts. Describing his oeuvre, the artist states: “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, display 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 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, México (2017); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2016); the CAPC, Bordeaux (2016); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2012); and MoMA P.S.1, New York (2012). His work has participated in various group exhibitions including at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (2017); the Jewish Museum (2015); the Kadist Art Foundation (2013); the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012); Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijón, Spain (2011); the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA (2011); and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2010), among others.
His work has participated in the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Young Artists, Russia; the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; the 8th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; and the Contour Biennial (2013). 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”. Aragon’s works are part of the Tiroche de León collection among others.