Jota Castro is one of the most interesting and active artists today to propagate a political activism within his practice. In the late 1990s, Jota Castro brought his career at the United Nations and the European Union to a close and decided to devote himself totally to the field of art. Through his different professional activities, Castro gained an in-depth knowledge of the world of politics. He considers his studies in law and Political Sciences as his real training in art. Conjuring up trivial humor, politically incorrect sarcasm, and a wide range of references, Castro’s sculptures, installations, and performances point up certain mechanisms at work in society whose imbalances and weaknesses are skillfully highlighted by the artist. Castro’s works reinterpret facts connected with current events along with the artist’s personal history.
Jota Castro is an artist and a curator. He has exhibited widely, among other venues at thePalais de Tokyo in Paris, Kiasma Helsinki and the Gwangju Biennale, where he was the recipient of the Biennale’s Grand Prize. He most recently curated “The Fear Society, Pabellon de la Urgencia” for the 53rd Venice Biennale. In 2010 Castro will exhibit at: the Sydney Biennale, Uplands Gallery and Y3K Art Center in Melbourne, Contemporary Art Museum Santiago de chile, Josee Bienvenu Gallery in New York, Barbara Thumm Gallery Berlin and the Jumex Collection in Mexico.
Text provided by González y González Gallery
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