Delfina Foundation

Zach Blas

London: 24/09/15 — 20/12/15

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. He is the creator of Facial Weaponization Suite, Face Cages, and a new project Contra-Internet, which explores political alternatives and queer futures of the internet. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Blas is also producing two books: Escaping the Face, an artist monograph of recent works to be published by Rhizome at the New Museum and Sternberg Press in 2016, and in Informatic Opacity: The Art of Defacement Biometric Times, a theoretical study of biometric facial recognition and refusals of recognition. His work has been written about and featured in Art Review, Artforum, Frieze, Art Papers, Mousse Magazine, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, and Wired. Blas holds a PhD from the graduate program in Literature at Duke University.

Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; e-flux, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; New Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; the 2014 Dakar Bienniale; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Queer/Art/Film LA; transmediale, Berlin; and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool.

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.