Mexico-City based artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba will be in-residence in the Ruby to transform the gallery into a space that questions how contemporary art can be used to understand extreme economic realities.
Born in León in 1988, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba is a contemporary artist currently based in Mexico City. He is the founder of Biquini Wax EPS, an interdependent contemporary art space in Mexico City. His work not only concerns one’s perception of reality, but actually attempts to produce reality. In his words, “I explore the connections, tensions and disputes between images, economics, and desire.” In some of his most recent works, he used the money he got from a bank’s sponsored art grant (BBVA) to pay someone’s debt with the same bank, then proposed to the Bank of Mexico a caustic measure to avoid devaluation. Currently he is striving to clone Carlos Slim (the world’s richest Mexican) in order to fight extreme poverty with extreme wealth. By engaging the imaginary, Aguilar’s work invites viewers to consider economic reality in a different light.
Visit the artist’s personal site here.
Header image courtesy of Colección Coppelganger.
About the Project
This exhibitions asks us, “Could contemporary México become a pioneer in the extreme eradication of poverty? As Mexicans, what can we do about this reality? Can contemporary art propose an alternative?” During his residency at Duke University, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba seeks to create this site-specific installation, engage with Duke scholars, and participate in several special events.