Amsterdam

Amsterdam

“CARLOS AMORALES: THE FACTORY”

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
November 23, 2019–April 5, 2020

Curated by Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen

As an art student in 1990s Amsterdam, Carlos Aguirre Morales designed a mask that launched his new persona, Amorales, the protagonist of performances and videos based on lucha libre (Mexican wrestling), such as The Invisible Man (My Way), 2001. Soon after, he began a roughly decade-long project of compiling imagery taken from childhood objects, photographs, and the hypersaturated visual landscape of the internet to produce a digital collection of vector drawings titled Liquid Archive. Combined with collaborators’ ideas, this became the backbone and repository for numerous multimedia installations, including Black Cloud, 2007, and Psicofonías, 2008. An expansive exhibition at the Stedelijk (and its catalogue) will include a selection of the artist’s early experiments to contextualize much of the collaborative work he later made in Mexico City. Several new pieces—including Narcissus’ Orgy, 2019—will highlight Amorales’s analog methods of reclaiming artistic authorship in a culture of digital anonymity.