Federico Díaz

Federico Diaz

* 1971

Recently Diaz’ work has shown interest in the so-called ‘mass ornament’, a concept introduced for the first time by German philosopher, member of the Frankfurt School, Siegfried Kracauer. From that perspective, distinctive socio-cultural features of a certain location are materialized in people’s movements, in thus manifested minute nuances of everyday routine acts. Díaz tries to approach these primarily intellectually conceivable marginalia by means of a visual language of his own. This incline of his can be followed since his work Outside Itself made for the Venice Biennial, currently gaining momentum and becoming the decisive binding element of Díaz’ oeuvre, as we can best see in the project You Welded the Ornament of The Times, made for the Cafa Museum in Beijing. Thus a change occurs also in Díaz’ formerly rather techno-optimistic approach. He realizes that parameters of the contemporary technology society require a reflection with a broader spectrum of means. Science and technology alone can no longer give enough of answers one needs. That is why Díaz chooses the path of a much deeper analysis of what is real, based upon his study of materials as building blocks of existence, that connect, along seemingly indirect lines, man with his both natural and artificially formed environment. These tendencies can best be seen in Díaz’ projects Etalon for the Sao Paulo Biennial or his study for the Consistency project for Faena, Buenos Aires.

Visual activism

Sembion (2003-2004)
Geometric Death Frequency-141 (2010)
Outside Itself (2011)
You Welded the Ornament of the Times (2014)
Eccentric Gravity (2015)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1997  Tacuzcanzcan, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Staroměstská radnice, Prague, Czech Republic
1998  Bolbm Galerie Václava Špály, Prague, Czech Republic
1998  Introsphere E AREA, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London, United Kingdom
2000  Federico Díaz: E-mpact, Národní galerie, Veletržní palác – Malá dvorana, Prague, Czech Republic
2002 - Moravská galerie v Brně, Uměleckoprůmyslové muzeum, Brno, CZ: Mnemeg > 15. 11.–15. 12.
2005 - ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London, GB: Sembion > 28. 2. - 6. 3.
2006 - Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, Prague,CZ, Fluid F1 > 15. 2.–1. 4.
2007 - Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář, Prague, CZ,Resonance >16. 7.–31. 8.
2008 - Miami Art Basel, Art Positions, PS1/ MoMA, Miami, US : Federico Diaz / Ultra, radio WPS1 MoMA > 3.-8.12.2008/ ISBN 978-88-8158-721-6
2009 Adhesion, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York City, USA
2009 Adhesion / Survival Manual / Chapter, Galerie Zdenek Sklenar, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 Geometric Death Frequency 141, MASS MoCA/ Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA (cat. ISBN 978-88-8158-793-3)
2011 Outside Itself, Galerie Zdenek Sklenar, Prague, Czech Republic
2014 You Welded the Ornament of the Times, CAFA Museum, Beijing, China