Ramón Mateos

Madrid, 1968. Lives and work in Madrid, Spain

He is currently working on a project that, although part of an individual development, maintains a firm interest and commitment with the intention of approaching an artistic practice focused on the confrontation of ideas and forms of action, creating collaborative networks with other groups and artists, addressing not only the production of own pieces but also the curatorship or the production and organization of projects, publication of magazines, etc.

Being faithful to the approaches that as an artist have led him to work in the difficult fringe that connects the work of art in the discourse of reality. An artistic model that collects and adopts strategies that come from activism and social struggle, taking them to the field of artistic creation. It is this character that configures the very reality of the work of art, not as an isolated and generational fact, but as a gesture that is read at a specific moment, by a concrete collective and whose reality evolves with society, putting into question the myth of the unique artistic product, different from the world and whose truth is equally imposed on any point of view. His works, and especially the latter, propose to the spectator to reflect on his situation as a citizen, assessing his capacity for action and to what extent he is aware of the state of the situation that surrounds him, as well as his capacity to modify it.

The analysis of the social and political reality in which we were developed like individuals and society beginns from the idea of an undifferentiated artistic practice form the society in which it grows, looking for models of performance and intervention in the real. On occasions people have theorised to the point of converting artistic practice in a task of innovation that acts as a substitute for the absence of transformations in society. This supposition perpetuates the myth of the autonomy of art, and overlooks the fact that work does not evolve in an autonomous manner, but rather in the context of the moment and the social reality whose framework is understood rationally and dialectically.

At the present time he faces a new project that although begins from an individual develop, maintains a firm interest and commitment with the intention to also approach an artistic practice centered in the confrontation of ideas and forms of action, creating collaboration networks with other groups and individual artist approaching not only the production of his own pieces but also curatorials projects or the production and organization of projects, publishing magazines, etc. He had participate (selection): Proyecto Juarez, Mexico (2007); Interferencia 07. Public art project. Barcelona (2007); had curated War Trade… Plataforma ’06, Mexico (2006); co-direct the project Black & Noir, Madrid (desde 2007).

Founder and component of the group El Perro until its dissolution in 2006, participating in (selection): II Moscow Biennial (2007); Memorial. Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2007); Brave New World at Cobra Museum, Amsterdam (2007); Dirty Yoga, Taipei Biennial (2006).

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