Carlos Amorales’ work is principally concerned with language and the impossibility or possibility of communication through non-recognizable or un-codified forms: sounds, gestures, and symbols. His work, which includes animation, video, film, drawing, installation, performance, and sound, explores realms of fantasy and angst. He experiments with various forms of translation: instruments transform into his film’s characters, letters become forms, and narratives become non-verbal actions. Amorales uses his Liquid Archive as the basis for these explorations – an archive he has been generating for years comprised of shapes instead of words that serve as an alphabet. He has used the Liquid Archive to translate texts such as Roberto Bolaño’s Vagabond in France and Belgium. Erasure of context is a natural outcome of the translation process, a theme that he explores in other works and scenarios. Amorales’ works have an anarchic quality, making up their own rules, transforming their shape as well as their content in the process of their own making.

Carlos Amorales
Carlos Amorales
Mexico City, 1970

Past Exhibitions

Carlos Amorales: The Accursed Hour

Fondazione Adolfo Pini
02/04/2019 — 08/07/2019

Modos de Oír: Prácticas de Arte y Sonido en México

Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual
29/11/2018 — 31/03/2019

Carlos Amorales: Axiomas para la acción

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo – MUAC
10/02/2018 — 29/07/2018

Carlos Amorales: Herramientas de Trabajo

Museo De Arte Moderno de Medellin 26/07/2017 — 06/11/2017

Ser Sensible / Being sensitive

La Quiñonera
26/11/2016 — 28/02/2017

Solo Shows


Tamayo Museum, Mexico city, MX

La Langue des Morts, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR

Carlos Amorales : Silent films, Song Eun Art Space, Seoul, KR
Supprimer, modifier et préserver, Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-seine, FR
Lovecraft, Centro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, MX
Los Guerreros / The Warriors, Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara, Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City, MX

Group Shows

Hiding in Plain Sight, Sapar Contemporary, New York

Todo llega cuando tiene que llegar,  Diablo Rosso, Panamá

Sharjah Biennal 11, Sharjah, UAE
Order, Chaos and the Space Between Contemporary Latin American Art from the Diane and Bruce Hall collection, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, US
Book Machine, Nouveau festival 2013, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Ya veremos como todo reverbera, 2012, Sharjah Biennal 11 (curated by Yuko Hasegawa), Sharjah, AE

Les chefs d’oeuvre de la donation Yvon Lambert, Collection Lambert, Avignon, FR
Safari – Le lieu unique, Nantes, FR
Manifesta 9, Koolmijn van Waterschei, Genk, BE

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Mexico City Country of birth: Mexico Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: Mexico City, Mexico