Lozano-Hemmer at the Mexican Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2007

Lozano-Hemmer at the Mexican Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2007

Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Pulse Room, one hundred incandescent light bulbs controlled by the heartbeat of the public. Dimensions variable, 2006.

May 21, 2007

Mexican Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia
Some things happen more often than all of the time
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Press Preview: 7-9 June, 10 AM-8 PM
Receptions: 7, 8 and 9 June, 8-10 PM
Exhibition: 10 June-21 November,2007

Palazzo Van Axel, beside the Chiesa dei Miracoli
Cannaregio 6099
Venice 30121 Italy
Tel. 39-041-520-4807


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer represents Mexico at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia with the exhibition Some Things Happen More Often Than All of the Time, curated by Príamo Lozada and Bárbara Perea, a show which will mark Mexicos first official participation in the Biennale. The exhibition will consist of 6 large-scale installations covering 1,000 square metres of the Palazzo Van Axel, a 15th-century gothic landmark bordering the Chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracoli, in the vicinity of the Rialto bridge.

Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico City, 1967) develops large-scale interactive installations combining the languages of architecture and performance art. His work uses technologies such as robotics, surveillance and telematic networks to create platforms for audience participation, creating “anti-monuments for alien agency”. His large-scale light and shadow installations are inspired by animatronics, carnivals and phantasmagoria, situating the spectator as a fundamental component to complete the work.

His work succeeds in giving the unchoreographed the power of a full orchestra. Go look him up, go be part of his next project!
— CK Kuebel, NY Arts Magazine

Lozano-Hemmers work in kinetic sculpture, installation, video and photography has been shown in over thirty countries, including the Biennials of Sydney (Australia), Shanghai (China), Liverpool (United Kingdom), Istanbul (Turkey) and Havana (Cuba). His work is part of important private and public art collections such as those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, La Colección Jumex in Mexico City, Fundación Cisneros Fontanals in Miami, the Daros Latin America Collection in Zürich and the Tate Collection in London.

The official participation of Mexico in Venice is the result of joint efforts by Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Consejo de Promoción Turística and the generous support of the Fundación/Colección Jumex and the Fundación BBVA Bancomer. The non-profit Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, which has also contributed funding and resources, is in charge of the administration of the project. The receptions, starring DJ sets by Sonido Changorama, will feature sponsored drinks by Jumex, Tequila Cuervo and Cerveza Sol.

A bilingual catalogue will be published by Turner Libros, featuring essays by Manuel de Landa, José Luis Barrios, Barbara London, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Victor Stoichita and curators Príamo Lozada and Bárbara Perea.

Coinciding with the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Lozano-Hemmers work will also be exhibited at Art Basel Unlimited, at the Luminato Festival in Toronto and in the exhibition Automatic Update at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Contact information:
Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes:
Plácido Pérez Cué, Director General de Comunicación Social
Tel. 52 555 662 1907
Fax 52 555 662 4314
Contact for Rafael Lozano-Hemmer:
Natalie Bouchard
Tel 1 514 597 0917
Fax 1 514 597 2092


Contact for the curators:
Proyectos Hélix
Príamo Lozada and Bárbara Perea
39 340 755 9584 in Venice
52 555 207 6411 in Mexico
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is represented by Galería OMR (Mexico City), bitforms gallery (New York) and Galerie Guy Bärtschi (Geneva).

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