Iván Argote is an artist and film director. Through his sculptures, installations, films and interventions, he questions our intimate relationship with others, institutions, power and belief systems.
He develops strategies based on tenderness, affect and humour through which he suggests critical approaches to dominant historical narratives and attempts to decentralise them. In his interventions on monuments, large-scale installations and performances, Iván Argote proposes new symbolic uses of public space.
He is a pensionnaire (resident) at the Académie de France in Rome - Villa Médicis in 2021-2022. He was the recipient of the CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Foundation Prize in 2015, First Prize of the Audi Talents Awards – Contemporary Art in 2013 and Sam Art Projects Prize in 2011. He was also nominated for the Pinchuk Art Centre’s Future Generation Art Prize in 2017. Works by the artist are included in the permanent collections of numerous prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum (New York, US); Centre Pompidou (Paris, France); ASU Art Museum (Phoenix, US); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami, US); Colección de Arte del Banco de la República (Bogotá, Colombia); Kadist (San Francisco, US); MACBA (Barcelona, Spain). Films screening include International Film Festival (Rotterdam, Netherlands); MACRO (Roma, Italy); FID (Marseille, France); ICA (London, UK); LAXART (Los Angeles, US); South London Gallery (London, UK)