Juan Duque

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Juan Duque, Transmission, No Souls for Sale at the Tate Modern, 2010

Juan Duque‘s work focuses on the various ways that landscape is able to manifest itself in drawing, installation and found objects. The notion of space within a particular context, be it intimate, personal or public, acquires different significations by compelling viewers to reinterpret their own surroundings.

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Juan Duque, Transmission at the artist’s studio, 2010

For the exhibition Transmission, a part of the No Soul for Sale – A Festival of Independents at the Tate Modern, Duque collaborated with the Belgian architect Sam de Vocht to create a moveable territory through drawing. The project began at the artist’s studio in Gent, Belgium, to then continue in the ‘Casa Tres Patios’ section at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, to then return to the artist’s studio. For the project, the artist covered a part of his studio with paper and proceeded to work on it through different painterly techniques such as frottage and mixed media. During the two weeks the paper was installed at the studio and during its stay at the Tate Modern, the paper collected footprints, stains and impressions from the artist and the viewer’s movement creating an imprint or visual landscape of time and movement in a particular space. The paper was then returned to the studio to be transformed into a large-scale drawing.

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Juan Duque, id11 Residency, Apartment 636, Delft, Netherlands, 2009

For his residency at De Stichting at id11 Delf Nederlands, Duque worked in a housing community project just outside the city of Delft. Due to an urban renewal plan, housing projects were being demolished and their residents (mostly immigrants) forced to relocate. Id11 called an artist to live and work in the community for a period of two months every time an apartment was emptied. During his residency Duque lived at apartment 636 where he created five site-specific installations based on a series of reflections on space, the re-appropriation of territory and memory. Among the questions posed were how many times the doors found on-site were opened and closed or the imagining of the inhabitant’s daily lives. Here, the importance of the landscape in Duque’s work echoes in an accumulation of doors, a windowscape or an intervened abandoned TV room.

Juan Duque was born in Medellín, Colombia. Trained as an architect, he holds a postgraduate degree in Arts and Media from Hogeschool Sint Lukas in Belgium and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Beeldend onderzoek. He lives and works in Gent, Belgium.

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Juan Duque, id11 Residency, Apartment 636, Delft, Netherlands, 2009

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Juan Duque, id11 Residency, Apartment 636, Delft, Netherlands, 2009

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Juan Duque, id11 Residency, Apartment 636, Delft, Netherlands, 2009
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