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Ulises Carrión

Walden, Buenos Aires, B29

Ulises Carrión, from the series Margins, 1976, torn graph paper sheets, 31 x 23 cm. Courtesy: WALDEN, Buenos Aires

Ulises Carrión, from the series Margins, 1976, torn graph paper sheets, 31 x 23 cm. Courtesy: WALDEN, Buenos Aires

In a wild attempt to contravene traditional forms of books, language, and cultural frameworks, Mexican conceptual artist Ulises Carrión (1941-89) developed his practice around new cultural strategies. His works explore a wide range of media, including books, paper works, recordings and video art, in search of renewed critical and creative outcomes and relations.

Walden presents a selection of Ulises Carrión's paper works from the 1970s, including Margins, Addresses of Lost Friends, as well as the photographic series In Alphabetical Order. This body of works unveils Carrión's deep interest in exploring and breaking with linguistic structures and communicative practices, focusing on their most elemental parts and their materiality. A selection of the artist's videos will also be on display. His conceptual and poetic approach towards the creation of new cultural strategies take form in his attempts to define book works or by making visible for movie spectators, the physicality implied in handling a camera.

Ulises Carrión (San Andrés Tuxtla, México, 1941 - Amsterdam, Holland, 1989) was a Mexican artist, writer, performer, cultural theorist, curator and editor. In the early stages of his life, he developed a succesful literary career in Mexico, which he abandoned to pursue new conceptual possibilities in Europe. Once in Amsterdam, Carrión worked with verbal-vocal-visual poetry and mail art. He founded Other Books and So, a gallery devoted to artist's books, correspondence art and bookworks.

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