Delfina Foundation

Ala Younis

London: 21/09/15 — 17/12/15

Ala Younis is an artist, curator and writer. She distributes her creative efforts among films, installations, printed editions and exhibition projects. Through her work, Younis addresses current situations through the lens of historical phenomena in a variety of ways. Using objects, film and printed matter, she often seeks instances where historical and political events collapse into personal ones.

Her work has been exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, (2014); 2nd Generational Triennial, New Museum (2012); 9th Gwangju Biennial (2012); 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Home Works 5 (2010); PhotoCairo 4 (2009); and BBC 4, among others.

Her curatorial projects include Kuwait’s first national pavilion at 55th Venice Biennale, Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence (2013); This land first speaks to you in signs, Cimatheque, Cairo and Archival Kabinett, Berlin (2015); Covering One’s Back, Gezira Art Center, Cairo (2013); The Crowd Behind Us (2012) and Momentarily Learning from Mega-Events (2011) in Amman. She co-founded the non-profit publishing initiative Kayfa ta, and is on the advisory board of Berlinale’s Forum Expanded.

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.
César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.