b. Medellín, Colombia 1979
Arango’s work is achieved in different formats – drawing, printmaking, text, performance – that interact with one another to create installations, which at times are activated by performers or spectators. She accumulates materials with ingrained histories, such as books, photographs, video footage and public records. These materials are deconstructed and stripped of their initial context and rearranged into works that point out the plasticity of cultural artifacts and information. Arango uses these documents and data, concentrating on the process of collecting them and everything that happens around that activity. Whatever the final form a work takes, each piece or installation is an instrument of memory investigating the fragile relationships that exist between imagery, language, and meaning. The central interest is to reformulate and question the established relationships 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, Arango 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 news media use content in favour of specific ideological agendas under the guise of neutrality.
Arango’s work has been shown at Camara de Comercio de Bogota (2019), 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 (2019) (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 in Art Practice (2015), both from the University of the Arts London, UK.