This exhibition presents Dark Mirror, 2004/05, a double video projection by the leading Mexican artist Carlos Amorales, which became part of the IMMA Collection in 2005. Amorales’s practice uses drawing as the basis from which to develop paintings, video animations and performances. In Dark Mirror Amorales presents an animation by graphic designer André Pahl and an original score of piano music, performed by the composer and musician José María Serralde. The result is a nightmarish animation depicting man and beast in apocalyptic scenes, the imagery of which is rooted in contemporary popular symbols and Mexican icons. The workwas developed using Liquid Archive – Amorales’s electronic database of digital drawings based on appropriated images and personal memories.
Carlos Amorales was born in 1970 in Mexico City and currently lives and works there. He gained international recognition for his performance works particularly Amorales vs Amorales, 2003,which featured Mexican wrestlers performing in wrestling rings at the Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and the Hebbel Theatre, Berlin. In 2003, Amorales and the composer Julián Lede created the much acclaimed work Nuevos Ricos which combines the visual arts, performance and music in the form of a music label. Recent exhibitions include the Moore Space, Miami, 2007; Yvon Lambert, New York, 2007; Daros Latinoamérica Foundation, Zürich, 2007; MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2006, and Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2006. His work is featured in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; La Colección Jumex, Mexico City, and the Margulies Collection, Miami.