Asier Mendizabal

Birth placeSpain Birth date1973

Asier Mendizabal’s work pays most attention to the relations between form, discourse and ideology and has been said to be related to the constructivist sculpture with its roots in the abstract utopia of the first decades of the 20th century. The question of the sign and its materiality and identification as a social and political emblem also has a place among the artist’s interests. Through sculpture, photography, video, textual or graphic works, Mendizabal gives a view on ideology based on the mise en scène of the concepts or structures shaped by it. The works by Mendizabal cannot be interpreted at first sight as they accumulate layers of meaning and sometimes refer to multiple ideas which are not of common knowledge. Whereas in some works a direct connotation in the recent history and reality of the Basque country can be read, in others he chooses referents which belong to historic or ideological legacies.


Between 1998 and 2000, he was awarded a residency at De Ateliers, Amsterdam. He has since participated in numerous exhibitions, including Chacun à son goût (Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao), Beste bat! (Sala Rekalde, Bilbao), Cine y casi cine (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid) and Great Theatre of the World (Taipei Biennial). In 2008 he had a solo exhibition at the MACBA.

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