Galerie Akinci is proud to announce their first video show ‘Crudo' with Miguel Angel Rios, which will open May 30, 2009.
Miguel Angel Rios was born in Catamarca (Argentina). He lives and works in Mexico City and New York. From 2003 onwards, he made a number of poetic videos using tops that spin in dark, undefined spaces. They turn and dance around each other, sometimes skimming each other, sometimes colliding and then moving apart again. The viewer easily projects human attributes onto the tops. Contact and rejection, balance and imbalance, swaying and steadiness, swiftness and slowness; brisk, lively and colliding or falling and dying; all these associations are evoked by them.
In 2008, Rios made Crudo, a film with many similarities to his previous work. All his films combine beauty and violence as an indivisible whole. They also combine control and coincidence. Although he can determine the stage management, the actors, the use of lighting and the camera angles, Rios has no control over the behaviour of the tops or the dogs. Their actions, movements and the length of a scene are determined by chance.
The films are simultaneously abstract choreographies and reflections on the uncertainty and transience of human existence.
Miguel Angel Rios video works has been seen in Art Basel Unlimited (2005), the Hirshorn Museum in Washington (2005), Museum of Fine Arts Housten, Texas, USA (2007) , Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Netherlands (2007), La Caixa Froum Madrid, Spain (2008), Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France (2008/2009), Daros Collection Zurich, Switzerland (currently till September 6)
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