Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a B.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. As an electronic artist, he develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his light and shadow works are "antimonuments for alien agency".

His large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City, the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam, the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon, the opening of the YCAM Center in Japan, the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin, the memorial for the Tlatelolco Student Massacre in Mexico City, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi.

He was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition at Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel in 2007. Recently solo exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, MUAC Museum in Mexico City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Work Images by Monica Lozano