The work of Tania Candiani* (Mexico City, 1974) has been developed in various media and practices that maintain an interest in the complex intersection between languages systems -phonic, graphics, linguistic, symbolic and technological. She has worked with different associative narratives, taking as a starting point a proposal to invent from re-ordering, remixing, and playing with correspondences between technologies, knowledge and thought, using the idea of organization and reorganization of discourse, as a structure of creative and critical thinking and as material for actual production.
The translation between diverse systems of representation is key in the materialization of her work. She has created interdisciplinary working groups in various fields of knowledge, consolidating intersections between art, design, literature, music, architecture, and science, with an emphasis on early technologies and their history in the production of knowledge. Candiani has projects that involved craft, labor, tradition, synesthesia, rhythm, and translation. She has a particular interest in projects developed for a specific site due to the precise social-historical bonds that these triggers. Candiani uses historical records and archives as materials, just as if it were a fabric, which leads to intuitive forms of materialization.
She is fellow of the National System of Art Creators, from Mexico since 2012, in 2011 received the Guggenheim Fellowship for the Arts, and in 2018 the Artist Research Fellowship awarded by the Smithsonian Institution. Represented Mexico in the 56th Venice Biennial. Her work has been exhibited in museums, institutions, and independent spaces around the world and is part of important public and private collections. Among her monographic books are Cinco variaciones de circunstancias fónicas y una pausa (2014); Habita Intervenido (2015); Possessing Nature. Pabellón de México. Bienal de Venecia (2015); and Cromática (2018).
*Member of the “Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte para el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes”.