b. Medellín, Colombia 1979
Arango’s work is achieved in different formats– drawing, printmaking, text, and performance– that interact with one another to create deconstructed installations, which at times are activated by performers or by spectators. The central interest is to reformulate and question the relationships established between history, memory, evidence and information. In this way she is interested in different methodologies through which history is constructed and manipulated. In recent years, she has worked with almost obsolete printing technologies, rescuing and using their qualities as a formal conceptual device in the production of her work. This exploration has become a way of investigating how the media use content in favour of specific ideological agendas under the guise of neutrality. Her intention is then to signal what is invisible, unnoticed, indecipherable and prone to disappearance. She uses data and documents, concentrating essentially on the process of collecting and everything that happens around that activity. Whatever the final form a work takes, each piece or installation is an instrument of memory that brings affect to politics, and politics to affect.
Arango’s work has been shown at Casas Riegner Gallery (2018), Bogotá; La Fermeture éclair, Caen and Centre d’art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France (2017); SQUASH Editions Mexico City (2016); Sicardy Gallery, Houston, USA (2013) and No Soul For Sale: A festival of Independents, Tate Modern 10th anniversary, London (2010). She was a guest artist at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany (2011) and received a special mention by The Anamorphosis photo-book prize (2018). She has received grants from La Secretaría de Cultura Ciudadana – Alcaldía de Medellín (2016) and AMEXCID – Becas de excelencia de programas Especiales del Gobierno de México para Extranjeros, Mexico (2015). Her publications are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Franklin Furnaceartist-books collection, New York, USA, and Chelsea College of Arts Library, University of the Arts London, UK.
Arango gained her MA (2008) and was awarded a PhD (2015) from the University of the Arts London, UK.