Andrés Pachón, Madrid, 1985.
He has an academic background in Contemporary Art (Fine Arts degree, UCM - CES Felipe II, 2008; Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art master degree, UCM, 2009) and in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Social and Cultural Anthropology master degree, Coimbra University, 2019). In the last years, his visual practice focused on the construction of the colonial imaginary through the use of photographic archives in anthropology and ethnography. In this context, he developed his work through collaborations with institutions such as the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, National Museum of Anthropology in Madrid and the Photographic Archive of Art Museum of Lima (MALI) in Peru. His visual work reflects on the construction of knowledge through photography, establishing relationships between the practices of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the current uses of technology, as is the case of his current research on socio-technical activity in Computer Vision Systems.
His work has been exhibited in solo shows, in places such as National Museum of Anthropology in Madrid and the Alcobendas Art Center. The artist has also collaborated in group shows such as "Colonia Apócrifa" at MUSAC; "Reencontres Internationales. New cinema and contemporary art 2014 "in Gaîté Lyrique - Palais de Tokyo, in Paris; and "VIVA Collections on Tour 2013", in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid. He has participated in international fairs such as ARCOmadrid 2014, Art15 London, Volta 11 in Basel and Estampa 2016 and 2018 in Madrid.
During this years he has received various awards and grants, such as Leonardo Grant BBVA Foundation to Researches and Cultural Creators in 2019, Comunidad de Madrid Visual Art Grant in 2017, or Transvisiones 2015, developing a residency at the Limas' Center of Image, Peru. His work is in severals international collections, like as Pilar Citoler Collection (Madrid), Jozami Collection (Argentina) or CA2M Museum Collection (Madrid).
His work “Tropologías II” won the 9th edition of the ARCO-BEEP Electronic Art Award
Work at the collection: Tropologías II
Tropologías II, 2014
In the year 1900 Doctor Ripoche sent a collection of photographs, studies of African Types from the Museum of Natural History of Paris to the National Museum of Anthropology of Madrid. In this piece a virtual 3D mask has been created for each portrait by means of a facial recognition programme that needs two photographic images, the same ones necessary for any anthropometric register of this kind: front and profile. Each photographed face has been replaced by its synthesised image, thus questioning the “truth” that these images enclose, and how the post-human can reflect the authentic construction that lies behind the image of the “other”.