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Profile: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Artist, Atmospheric Memory

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (b. 1967, Mexico City) develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. He creates platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains, computerized surveillance, media walls and telematic networks.

He was the first artist to represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007. He has also shown at Biennials in Cuenca, Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Melbourne NGV, Moscow, New Orleans, New York ICP, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.

His public art has been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the Student Massacre Memorial in Tlatelolco (2008), the Vancouver Olympics (2010) and the pre-opening exhibition of the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi (2015).

Collections holding his work include MoMA, Guggenheim and Museo del Barrio in New York, TATE and Science Museum in London, Jumex and MUAC in Mexico City, DAROS in Zurich, MONA in Hobart, MAG in Manchester, ZKM in Karlsruhe, NGV in Melbourne, SAM in Singapore, and many others.

He has received two BAFTA British Academy Awards for Interactive Art in London, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, “Artist of the year” Rave Award from Wired Magazine, a Rockefeller fellowship, the Trophée des Lumières in Lyon, an International Bauhaus Award in Dessau, the Governor General’s Award in Canada and was named Compagnon des arts et des lettres in Québec.

In 2018 Lozano-Hemmer was the subject of 7 solo exhibitions worldwide, including a major show at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, a public art installation transforming a 2,000 year old Roman Theatre in Basel and a mid-career retrospective co-produced by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and SFMOMA.

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