Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mauricio Alejo | POSSIBLE WORLDS @ AMA | Artist 8 of 9

Mauricio Alejo

Mauricio Alejo
Photography and Fiction in
Mexican Contemporary Art Exhibition

Open through August 28th at AMA | ART MUSEUM of the AMERICAS

Mauricio Alejo was born in Mexico City in 1969.  He attended the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México (UNAM) where he studied communication.  His carrier in photography started as a hobby. Alejo is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, which allowed him to obtain his Masters in Art at the University of New York.  

His photographs and videos record everyday objects, sometimes cut, painted, or set up in absurd arrangements.  During his career he has demonstrated an intense interest and a predisposition towards the object; his work deals with the re-signification of forgotten objects that he has rescued from the accumulation around us, revealing their aesthetic worth.  Alejo is interested in objects that reference childhood and inspire reflection about memory and the qualities which we associate with such objects. As a result his photographs suggest certain nostalgia, implying that a better world may exist in our collective imagination rather than in everyday reality. 

Bubble (2009) by Mauricio Alejo

Alejo is now living and working in New York City. His solo shows have included Faleria OMR, Mexico City (2007), Galeria Ramis Barquet, Mexico (2005) and Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York (2004). He has also been in group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts at New York, Miami Art Central, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina at Sofía, Madrid, and the 8th Havana Biennial. One of his images graced the cover of the April 2006 issue of Wallpaper*. 

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