Yoshua Okón: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Jan 12, 2013 – Apr 14, 2013
  • The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery
Yoshua Okón, "Canned Laughter", 2009. Installation view: Via Farini,
Milan, Italy. Photo: Zeno Zotti.

Yoshua Okón creates staged and improvised situations that challenge notions of reality and truth. The artist has become well known internationally for his practice of placing individuals engaged with real-life social and political issues into fabricated narratives. Okón’s recent work, Canned Laughter is a multimedia project that circulates around the idea of a maquiladora, a term used to describe factories in Mexico. Many of these factories underpay workers and are run by multinational companies. As the title suggests, the one imagined by Okón produces a product used by the television industry. 

As the Spring 2013 Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Okón will present a lecture and gallery talk on his work and participate in MFA graduate student critiques.

The exhibition is organized by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions. Special thanks to Assistant Professor of Art, Sarah Martin, and the 2012/13 Falk Visiting Artist Committee.

Yoshua Okón (b. Mexico City, 1970; lives and works in Mexico DF and Los Angeles, CA) studied at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and earned his MFA from UCLA in 2002.  A founder of La Panadería (an artist-run space active in Mexico City from 1994-2002) and SOMA (a new artist-run contemporary art school and residency program) the artist has been included in exhibitions worldwide, including at the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; New Museum, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; PS1 MOMA, New York; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Okón’s works are included in the collections of the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; CIFO, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; and Tate Modern, London.

Video interview with Yoshua Okón at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, 2013.


Related programs:

Artist Gallery Talk • Wed Jan 16 @ 4pm (Open to UNCG students, faculty + staff)

Artist Talk • Thu Jan 17 @ 5:30pm (Open to the public)

Thank you to John Radebaugh for loaning a TV for this exhibition.

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