The dead hermit. Oil on canvas, 50cm x 60cm, 2021.
Hermitage. Performance & installation, 2021. — Room, mud, woods, green walls, priest uniform, blue backpack with books, pee, shoes, water, fear, depression, odour and exhaustion.
Catacombs. Installation, 2021. — Land, mud, school uniform, branches, roots, shoes, blue backpack, saliva and thoughts about life after death.
Covacha (tolderías) / Refuge. Installation, variable measures, 2015-2019.
The burnt of the laurels. Video installation, 2017. — projection over laurels, detail.
Deserter. Video performance and installation, 1h 40min, 2016.
(conversation). Horacio & Ignacio Chico. Performance, 18 min, 2017. — extract.
Conflict/sequence (war photographs). Nine photographs, 8’’ x 10’’, AGFA Color, 1982-2017.
“It´s not a suit, it´s a uniform". Video performance, 3min, 2017.
Achaques / aches. Video performance, 7min, 2017.
La entrega del couteaux. Video performance and photo performance, 6min, 2016.
Filiations (El constructor de ideas). Photo performance & installation (collection of vintage photographs), 2016.
The tomb of the laurels. Photo performance & Installation, 2017.
Arrojos. Video performance, 40 min, 2015. — extract.
Momentum. Wet plate collodion (glass), analogue photography, installation, 14 pieces of 7'' x 9'', 2015 - 17.
Ignacio Chico (1986, Argentina) works with transdisciplinary media.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Universidad Nacional del Arte. He currently studies for a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in the UK.
In his academic training, he completed specialization courses at Central Saint Martins, the School of Visual Arts (NY) and attended the art program PAC Project by Gachi Prieto Gallery.
In 2017, he was an artist in residence at AIR 3331 Arts Chiyoda Residence Program in Japan. He was part of the performance show "El Centro en Movimiento" at the Centro Cultural Kirchner, and in 2019, he won the price acquisition in Bahía Blanca Art Biennale.
I contextualize my practice into transdisciplinary media, establishing two bodies of work.
One project is about my father´s experience as a soldier in Malvina´s war, and the other project is about my mother´s teachings and learnings about psychoanalysis.
My main concerns are filiation and autobiography.
I was born in Bahía Blanca in 1986 and during my childhood, I lived in the Military Hotel of Puerto Belgrano in Punta Alta because my father was part of the Argentine Navy (1982 Malvinas War; in 1991 he resigned as a frigate lieutenant accountant).
My socio-political concerns emerged around my childhood and the memory of my father's experience at war. Through performance, the uniform became the territory where I can explore and reflect my character, my obsessions, and idealisms, which characterized the development of my learning stages.
"Friend of psychoanalysis" project
As a child, I attended two Catholic schools until I was 11 years old. Through elementary school catechism, I was taught about the origins of the universe and humanity.
In the following years, my mother became a psychologist. She began to talk to me about Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory and his research on childhood, sexuality, and the unconscious.
My existential concerns emerged around the memory of my religious books readings at school and my mother's teachings on psychoanalysis. The performative interaction with specific uniforms (school, priest) and objects (room, mud) helped me delve into the complexity of thought and my ambivalent mood.
Born 1986 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina.
2020/22 Master in Contemporary Art Practice, Royal College of Art, UK.
2017 Graduated in Visual Arts in the Universidad Nacional del Arte, Arg.
2015 Courses at School of Visual Arts and the National Academy of New York, NY, USA.
2014 Courses at Central Saint Martins, London, UK.
2020 "Covacha, Cathédrale, Momentum", Gachi Prieto Gallery (Patio), Bs. As., Arg.
2017 "A word on war", 3331 Arts Chiyoda (B108), Tokyo, Japan.
2017 "Filiation project: Deserter", 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Gallery 104), Tokyo, Japan.
2021 Proyecto Pozo art residency, Arg.
2017 AIR 3331 Arts Chiyoda Residence Program, Tokyo, Japan.
2016 Proyecto PAC, Gachi Prieto Gallery, Bs. As., Arg.
2019 Bienal Bahía Blanca first price Acquisition "Honorable Concejo Deliberante”, 2 Museos.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 "El Centro en Movimiento", Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2017 "Inc. Escalera", Galeria HILO, Bs. As., Argentina.
2016 "Ensayo, Pruebo, Insisto", Panal 361, Bs. As., Argentina.
2016 "13 Ways", School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
2018 忘れ物 supported by Centro Cultural de la Embajada de Japón and the Museo Nacional de Arte Oriental in Argentina.
2018/19 Douzo Rocamora, Space for contemporary art, Bs. As., Arg.
Workshops & Critics
2019 Specialization in curatorial practice (not finished), UNTREF, Arg.
2016 Critics with Ananké Asseff, Arg.
2015 Workshop with Lorena Guillén Vasqueti, Arg.
2014 Critics with Andrés Waissman, Arg.
2014 Sculpture at Atelier Saint Fargaux, Paris, France.
2013 Printmaking with Patricio Bosch, Taller Gráca P/A, Arg.
2012 Painting with Domingo Florio, Arg.
2010 Drawing, Escuela Guillermo Roux, Arg.
2009 Painting with Ignacio Sosa, Arg.
2008 Drawing with Josena Di Candia, Arg.
2004 Painting with Laura Messing Studio, Arg.
Other several courses on ceramics, glass, mosaic, temple and oil painting.
2020 Diario Clarín, Buenos Aires, Arg.
2020 Diario Clarín, Bs. As., Arg.
2019 La Nueva Provincia, B.B., Arg.
2017 Diario La Nación. Arg.
2017 Revista Ramona, Arg.
2016 Revista Ramona, Arg.