As part of his International Artist-in-Residence Community Collaboration, Iván Argote has recreated the environment of Piazza Italia in the Artpace courtyard and invites the community to come and be a monument themselves. Iván’s recreation of the space and monument will allow anyone in San Antonio to place themselves on the pedestal in Piazza Italia which previously held a statue of Christopher Columbus. This is an open proposal for the city to generate a playful conversation about symbols and representation in public spaces.
The first 100 guests can enjoy free BBQ from a local food truck, a souvenir photograph to take home, and the chance to be a part of Iván’s Artpace exhibition. A family activity, “Create Your Own Monument,” will also be available during the event. If you want to participate at home, you can download the activity template below and tag us on all social media platforms @artpace.
About the artist
Iván Argote was born in Bogotá in 1983. He grew up in the middle of a politically engaged family who’s still active in the Colombia’s political landscape. Iván Argote made his studies of Cinema and Graphic Design (simultaneously) in the National University of Colombia, then at age of 23 he moved to Paris and studied at Beaux-Arts de Paris school. Since then he’s based in Paris where his studio is located. He has develop and international carrer as an artist and film maker. His works makes part of important collections such as Guggenheim, Pompidou, Cifo, Macba, ASU, Saatchi, among others. He frequently moves to different countries with his team to do research, work on site specific installations and films shootings.
About Community Collaborations
Community Collaborations offer an opportunity for the public to connect with artists while in residence at Artpace. Community Collaborations may range from workshops or lectures to studio visits, film, or performance nights.
This event and Iván Argote’s Artpace project are made possible with the support of the Étant Donnés Contemporary Art Grant from the FACE Foundation. Special thanks to our supporters The Linda Pace Foundation, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John L Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.