MIGUEL FERNÁNDEZ DE CASTRO

Sonora, MX, 1986.

Miguel Fernández de Castro’s practice is developed through long term projects that involve writing, video and photography. He turns to ideas that revolve around the possibilities of geological language to set in motion a critical reflection on phenomena such as erosion and sedimentation. Then he sets these in relation to processes of circulation and displacement derived from drug trafficking in Northeastern Mexico. His installations and photographs are an extension of his Instagram and Twitter feeds which the artist understands and uses within a specific dynamic of publication and socialization of the work. He displays images and texts in a non-linear sequence that include historical and political events, associative routes that lead to the development of a concept he calls narcology. A familiar sounding notion that remains nonetheless ambiguous in epistemological terms. Fernández de Castro analyses a territory that allows him to question different current economic processes, from the routes of mobilization of illegal merchandize to the displacement of cattle. These processes not only determine the way of life for the people involved, but more importantly, redefine in the medium and long-term different geographical aspects in the territory itself.

 

EDUCATION

2013-2014 Home Workspace Program. Ashkal Alwan. Beirut, Lebanon.

2009-2012 Philosophy. Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. Mexico.

2006-2008 Fine Arts. Universidad de Sonora. Mexico.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Negro, negro. Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico City, Mexico.

Politica de los Estratos: Dialogo de los Pliegues de la Institución. Sonora Art Museum (MUSAS), Hermosillo, Sonora.

2015

SÁSABE.MOV. Critical Investigation Center of Sasabe. Sonora, Mexico.

Toda acumulación es violenta y la mercancía circula mejor erosionada. Emma Molina Gallery. Monterrey, Mexico.

2014

A Micro History of YouTube in Beirut. Ashkal Alwan. Beirut, Lebanon.

2013

Trabajo de campo. Atlas marginal de geología. ATEA. Mexico City, Mexico.

Finjamos disidencia. Bikini Wax. Mexico City, Mexico.

2012

Foirade. Contemporary Art Fair San Diego. San Diego, USA.

Algo que habiendo empezado bien se ha estropeado. Luis Adelantado Gallery. Mexico City, Mexico.

2011

Fin del camino. Sonora Art Museum. Hermosillo, Mexico.

2010

Imposturas. Eusebio Kino Gallery. Hermosillo, Mexico.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Prácticas de campo. Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico.

2015

OBJECTSFOODROOMS. Proyecto Paralelo. Mexico City, Mexico.

Tres pies: el enigma de la sucesión. Envejecimiento y retiro. Casa del Lago, UNAM. Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexico: The Future is Unwritten. Contemporary Artists from Mexico. Palazzo Cini, Venice, Italy.

Develar y Detonar. Photography in Mexico. Cibeles Center. Madrid, Spain.

2014

A Museum of Immortality. Ashkal Alwan. Beirut, Lebanon.

Ilusión Óptica. Museum of Modern Art. Mexico City, Mexico.

Pequeño Formato. Museo El Castillo. Medellin, Colombia.

2013

Interim. Zico House Gallery. Beirut, Lebanon.

The Marvelous Real. Museum of Anthropology. Vancouver, Canada.

Variables en un tiempo contínuo. ATEA. Mexico City, Mexico.

Disrupted nature. Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA. Los Angeles, California.

Overdue synchronicity. La Tallera-Royal College of Arts. Cuernavaca, Mexico and London, United Kingdom.

After Álvarez Bravo. Museo de América. Madrid, Spain.

Rotura. 206 Contemporary Art. Tijuana, Mexico.

X Bienal FEMSA. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. Mexico City, Mexico.

2012

Creación en Movimiento: Jóvenes Credores 2011-12. City Museum. Queretaro, Mexico.

X Bienal FEMSA. Contemporary Art Museum of Monterrey (MARCO). Monterrey, Mexico.

Fe para no creyentes. Frontera 96. Mexico City, Mexico.

Danger! The Collaborative, Museum of Latin American Art. Los Angeles, USA.

2011

Des(c)ierto sentido. Pabellón multimedia, Cenart. Mexico City, Mexico.

The Tierney Fellowship in Photography. New York Photo Festival. New York, USA.

Boundaries: selections from the MOLAA Permanent Collection. MOLAA. Los Angeles, USA.

2010

Confesiones. Jaus Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.

 

RESIDENCIES | AWARDS

2016 PAOS Residency, Guadalajara, Mexico.

2013-2014 Home Workspace Program Fellow. Ashkal Alwan. Beirut, Lebanon.

2012 Aquisition Price X Bienal FEMSA. Monterrey, Mexico.

2011-2012 FONCA Scholarship. Young Creators Category. Mexico.

2011 Selected in  “Discoveries”, Photoespaña. Madrid, Spain.

2010 Tierney Fellowship in Photography. Nueva York, USA.

2009 Honorable Mention, XII Bienal de Artes Visuales del Noroeste. Sinaloa, Mexico.

2008-2009 FECAS Scholarship. Young Creators Category. Sonora, Mexico.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2015

Artforum International. Review-In Print. December Issue. New York, USA.

A Library of Web Printings # 3. Digital and print versions. New York, USA.

2014

En el límite. EXIT # 52. Madrid, Spain 2014.

A Micro History of YouTube in Beirut. Ashkal Alwan, First Edition. Beirut. Lebanon.

A Dialogue on Marginal Geology. Ashkal Alwan, primera edición. Beirut, Lebanon.

2012

El desplazamiento. Ediciones Económicas Workshop, First Edition. Guadalajara, Mexico.