The Venezuelan born, New York based artist speaks about his film and installation art practice, emphasizing those works that engage with social outcasts, the marginalized and the disenfranchised in order to challenge our concepts of normality and pathology. Téllez blurs the boundaries of reality, reason, and insanity, his projects build a bridge between two worlds and warns us that he seeks “not a therapeutic practice to cure the insane but rather one to cure the sane of their lucidity.”
Moderated by Gaëtane Verna, Director of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
Presented in partnership with Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art.
About Javier Téllez
Javier Téllez studied at Arturo Michelena School of Fine Arts, Venezuela. The son of psychiatrists, Téllez developed a close affinity with institutionalized patients with mental illnesses. Téllez has had solo exhibitions at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2004); Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2005); Figge von Rosen Galerie, Cologne (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2011); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2013); Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2014); Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute (2014); REDCAT Gallery co-produced with Kadist Art Foundation, Los Angeles (2014); Museo de Arte, Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, Colombia (2016); and Koenig &Clinton, New York (2016). He has participated in group exhibitions at P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, as well as in the Yokohama Triennial (2001); Venice Biennale (2001 and 2003); Manifesta, Trento, Italy; Sydney Biennial; and Whitney Biennial, New York (all 2008); and Documenta, Kassel, Germany (2012). He has held residencies with the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York (2000); Art in General, New York (2002); Récollets, Paris (2006); Baltic Art Centre, Visby, Sweden (2007); and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, Berlin (2010). He also participated in the P.S.1 International Studio Program (1993) and Whitney Independent Study Program (1997, both in New York), and Gasworks Studio Program, London (1999). Téllez received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999. He currently lives and works in New York.
LACAP acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council. LACAP also gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Underline Studio, See Through Web, Techmien and Steam Whistle Brewery.