Héctor Zamora


The Artist

Héctor Zamora was born in 1974 in Mexico City. He lives and works in Lisbon.
Héctor Zamora's work transcends the conventional exhibition space, reinventing it, redefining it, generating friction between the common roles of public and private, exterior and interior, organic and geometric, savage and methodical, real and imaginary.
From his technical expertise and knowledge of lightweight architecture, and a meticulous emphasis on the process of conceptualization and construction of each piece, Zamora implicates the viewer's participation and requires them to question the everyday uses of materials and the functions of space. 
"From the beginning I sought to take the works out of the spaces of the museums with the ambition of being able to establish a more open dialogue with a wider audience. In the end, museums are public spaces, but they are internal spaces. Being outside the museum, there is no barrier: any person is going to have an interaction with the works, and I think I force it in some way to that. In this way, you get reactions that often surprise more than you can find within the space of the museum. Obviously, this also comes from my concerns about social and political issues, " says Zamora.
Héctor Zamora manages to subvert each one of his work sites and in some of his interventions he plays with the institutional structures, inserting himself in critical points where it is possible to find sufficient flexibility to generate a reaction. For example, building a parasitic house on the Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City (after five months of construction delay caused by bureaucratic procedures), dealing with the ban on putting two thousand meters of water lily in Sao Paulo, placing double mirrors to the windows of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, or driving a set of bricks with the citizens of Genk (Belgium) without the sanction of the local government.
Solo shows include exhibitions at: Gluck 50, Milan (2019); Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon (2018); Kunst in öffentlichen Raum, Vienna (2018); Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg (2018); Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo(2018); Stockholm Konst, Stockholm (2018); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (2017) Cappadox Festival, Cappadocia (2017) Museo Universitário de Chopo, Mexico City (2017) Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Técnologia, Lisbon (2017); Fundación RAC, Pontevedra (2017); Jardín Ochil, Merida (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); CCBB. São Paulo (2016) FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes (2015); Ecole D'Architecture de Nantes (2015) Kreëmart. Paris (2015); Espaço Aurora, São Paulo (2014); Kunststation Delden/ Het-Loket, Delden (2014); Labor Gallery, Mexico City (2013);
Center for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2013); Galerie Mélanie Rio, Nantes (2013) SMoCA. Scottsdale. Arizona (2012); Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen (2011); Museo El Eco, Mexico City (2011) Miami Basel, Miami (2010); Itaú Cultural, São Paulo (2010); FLACC, Genk (2008) MCASD, San Diego (2007); Enrique Guerrero Gallery, Mexico City (2005) Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City (2004); Garash Gallery, Mexico City (2003). The artist exhibited in collective shows, among others, at: Otazu Foundation, Pamplona (2019); Galleria Goodman, Cape Town (2018); Centro Gallego di Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela (2018);11ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2018); Biennale di Shanghai. Shanghai (2018); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2018); Lyon Biennale, Lyon; 4th Ural Industrial Biennial, Ural; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Trienal de Artes, Sesc Sorocaba; MUBE Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paolo (2016); Museum of Modern Sculpture, The Hague (2016); Inter Arts Center, Malmö (2015); Museu da Cidade OCA, Sao Paolo (2015); 12th Biennal of Havana, Havana (2015); CCBB, Brasília (2015); Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (2014); The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Shenzhen (2014); CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2014); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); 13th Istanbul Biennal, Istanbul (2013); Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, Paris (2012); 11th Lyon Biennial, Lyon (2011); Modern Art Museum, Sao Paolo (2011); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); EX3 Contemporary Art Centre, Florence (2011); 12th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo (2010); San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (2010); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2010); Galeria Labor, Mexico City (2009); 53th Venice Biennale, Venice(2009); Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paolo(2009); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2007); 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo. Sao Paolo (2006); San Diego Museum of Art, Insite05, San Diego(2005); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2005); Mexican; Cultural Institute, Washington DC (2003).

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