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Vive y trabaja en la Ciudad de México

Juan Caloca (1985) estudió la licenciatura en Artes Plásticas y Visuales en la ENPEG, "La Esmeralda" 2009-2013. De manera frecuente utiliza la memoria y la historia de México como temática en su obra. Es miembro fundador de la Cooperativa Cráter Invertido y el colectivo Grupo (de). Primer lugar en la 7a Bienal Internacional de Arte Universitario de la Universidad Autónoma Estado de México (UAEMx). Fue beneficiario del Programa Jóvenes Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes en su emisión 2011-2012. Becario en 2009 a través de la Comisión para las Celebraciones del Bicentenario de la Independencia y del Centenario de la Revolución en la Ciudad de México y la Central del Pueblo, este año trabajó en la exposición Arte Correo en el Museo de la Ciudad de México como asistente de curaduría e investigación. Ha expuesto en el Museum of Latin American Arts (MOLAA) Long Beach California, Ivan Gallery en Alberta College of Art+Design, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC en México, Bikini Wax, el Centro de Cultura Digital y el Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil entre otros.

Juan Caloca holds a degree in Fine Art by the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving (ENPEG) "La Esmeralda". His work commonly appeals to the uses of memory and history, more specifically regarding Mexico. He is a founding member of the artist-run Cooperative Cráter Invertido and of the collective Group (de). He won the 1st place in the 7th International Art Biennial of the Autonomous University of Mexico State (UAEMx). In 2009, he was part of the Fellow Program of the Commission for the Celebration of the Bicentennial of Independence and Centennial of the Revolution in Mexico City and the Central People's. Within the same year, he also worked as an assistant curator and researcher on the exhibition “Mail Art” that took place at the Museum of the City of Mexico and was beneficiary for the 2011-2012 issue of the Young Artists Program of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts. He has exhibited collectively in the Museum of Latin American Arts ( MOLAA ) Long Beach California, Ivan Gallery at Alberta College of Art + Design, Universitary Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Digital Culture Centre of Mexico City and the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil and others.


Juan Caloca Juan Caloca (°1985, D.F., Mexico) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By using an ever-growing archive of found documents to create autonomous artworks, his artworks references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system. His artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, he reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question whether anecdotes ‘fictionalise’ history. His collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation. His works are an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopaedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and popular scientific equivalents. Juan Caloca currently lives and works in México .