William Cordova

About William Cordova

I want to liberate the world

of your ugly mission.

I want to give you a prison

in a deep abyss.

I want, for a second,

to contemplate face to face

and the cosmos will equip me

with indestructible powers

conjugating a verb to know

that from you I will be liberated.

-excerpt from “Poema Muerte, Si Otra Muerte” by Nicomedes Santa Cruz

Artist William Cordova considers himself a “cultural practitioner” whose work focuses on the duality of meaning in reclaimed objects. His drawings, sculptures, photographs, and videos are research-oriented projects informed and activated by various interrelated sources including architecture, language, film, and music.

William Cordova was born in Lima, Peru, in 1971. He received his MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 2004 and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, in 1996. Currently the artist has work in the 2008 exhibitions NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, and Street Level, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA. Recently his work was included in the 2008 Core Artists in Residence Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX; Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and solo exhibitions at ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL (2008); Arndt & Partner, Zürich, Switzerland (2007); and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (2006).