Roberto de la Torre

© Roberto de la Torre, Ayotzinapa, muerte y renacimiento, 2014. Photo Henry Chan.

b. 1967, Mexico

Roberto de la Torre lives and works in Mexico City. He studied at Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City, where he is currently a professor in Visual Arts. He has participated in various national and international art festivals throughout North and South America, and in Germany, China, Spain, Finland, Japan, India, England, Poland, Portugal, and Russia.

The monograph of his work, De la mordida al camello, Roberto de la Torre / Selected Work 2000-2005, was published in 2015 and his work appears in various other local and foreign media. He participated as a tutor in the Scholarship Program for Young Artists at the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in the area of alternative media from 2010-2011, where he is currently part of an on-going program (2012-2015) to support the National System of Art Creators in the area of alternative means.

AYOTZINAPA, busqueda, muerte y renacimiento by Roberto de la Torre

Curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre at the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

Roberto de la Torre works with temporary and contingent elements, and his work is usually generated in the public sphere. Manifesting as ephemeral actions in the form of sculpture, architectural, and sensory experiences created through the use of different media, and often employing the collaboration of a large number of participants, de la Torre’s work is best understood as documentation of the transient. The focus of his work ranges from social issues that occur in the local context as well as a global context. A tension between the physical and the intellectual permeates the fabric of his work, and the notion of “social sculpture” is developed through complex negotiations of permissions and participation in each setting the work takes place.

Ayotzinapa, muerte y renacimiento
Ayotzinapa, death and revival

Performance Art Dailies: Border Crossings (panel)
With Roberto de la Torre, Ali Al-Fatawi, Wathiw Al-Ameri, Serena Lee
October 29, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

© Roberto de la Torre, Ayotzinapa, muerte y renacimiento, 2014. Photo Henry Chan.

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