Joaquín Segura
México City, 1980
Bio

Joaquín Segura has built his artistic imaginary through a symbolic dismantling of great notions such as history, truth, and power in the context of diverse ideological systems from the 20th and 21st Centuries.

He channels his obsessions through propaganda objects, memorabilia and the iconographic legacy of the radical as a starting point for the development of new lectures on the contradictions that exist in geopolitical structures in the contemporary world.

Lives and works in Mexico City.

His interdisciplinary practice, spanning installation, sculpture, painting, photography and video, has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, USA, Europe and Asia, in spaces that include Museo de Arte Moderno, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, La Panadería and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, along with El Museo del Barrio, Anthology Film Archives, White Box and apexart (New York, NY), LA><ART, MoLAA (Los Angeles, CA) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), The Modern (Fort Worth, TX), MCA Denver (Denver, CO) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia).


Joaquin Segura’s artistic output is centered on meditations on the phenomenology of history, power, and truth, engaging with notions such as sociopolitical microclimates, asymmetrical narratives, and ideology. His recent works address the ontological meaning of political extremism, language, and radical thought, with a special emphasis on its materialities. Active since the early 2000s, Segura is widely recognized as one of the leading Mexican artists of his generation.

His work belongs to numerous private and institutional collections including the Walker Art Center, KADIST, The National Gallery of Victoria and Museo de Arte Moderno de México and has been widely reviewed & featured in local and international art publications & major outlets such as Artforum, Flash Art, Adbusters, Art Papers, Código, Art Nexus, Discipline, Celeste, El País & PBS NewsHour, among others.

In 2008/09, Segura was an artist-in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York, NY) and at the 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, CA). Between 2012 and 2023, he undertook artistic residencies and research stays at Hangar –Centre de Producció i Recerca d‘Arts Visuals (Barcelona, Spain), MeetFactory – International Center of Contemporary Art (Prague, Czech Republic), Impakt Foundation (Utrecht, Netherlands), Casa Wabi (Oaxaca, Mexico), Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon (Seoul, South Korea), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), URRA (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Fountainhead (Miami, FL). In 2018, he’s appointed as a fellow to the National System of Artistic Creators /SACPC (Mexico).

Segura is a founding member and board advisor of SOMA, Mexico City, and currently serves at the Board of Directors at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE.

Selection of Works
Joaquín Segura
Sin título (Beso de la muerte)
Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
100 x 150 cm
2024
Joaquín Segura
Sin título (Yaesu FT-707)
Digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper
100 x 150 cm
2024
Joaquín Segura
Sin título (¿No ven que no podemos dormir?)
Digital print on Hahnamühle paper
35 x 47.5 cm
2015-2023
Joaquín Segura
Sin título (¿Es ahora invierno?)
Pigment print on cotton paper
60 x 40 x 5 cm
2021
Joaquín Segura
70%
Recovered ammunition and intervened wall
2023
Joaquín Segura
Diciembre 22, 1997 (Máscara Roja)
Conté pencil on paper
59 x 45.6 inches
2022
Joaquín Segura
Armas y política en América Latina
Oil on canvas
84.64 x 52.36 x 2.36 inches
2022
Joaquín Segura
La primera resistencia vietnamita
Oil on canvas
74.4h x 48.4w x 2.3d in
2022
Joaquín Segura
Técnica de la agresión pacífica
Oil on canvas
81.49 x 50 x 2.36 inches
2022
Joaquín Segura
Sobre la contradicción
Oil on canvas
76 x 55 inches
2020
Joaquín Segura
Empirismo y dogma #2
Acrylic Paint on Recovered Pamphlet
6 x 4 inches
2020
Joaquín Segura
Trabajo asalariado y capital
Oil on Canvas
86½ x 60 inches
2020
Joaquín Segura
Sobre la práctica
Intervened Pamphlet
37½ x 29½ inches
2018
Joaquín Segura
Si alguien pregunta dónde radica la fuente de nuestra fuerza y cuál es la clave de nuestra victoria, responderemos sin dudarlo I
Xerographic print on paper
28 x 18 inches
2017 - 2020
Joaquín Segura
Cinco estados (De la serie Bellum omnium contra omnes)
Recovered Bullet and Intervened Wall
Variable Dimensions
2017
Joaquín Segura
Cinco estados (De la serie Bellum omnium contra omnes)
Recovered Bullet and Intervened Wall
Vairable Dimensions
2017
Joaquín Segura
Como un solitario capullo de magnolia doblándose al viento
Intervened Newspaper and Magnolia Branch
16 x 24 x 4 inches
2017
Joaquín Segura
Rebajas ideológicas (Marx, Lenin, Mao)
Site-specific Installation of Handwoven Haute-lisse Tapestries
Variable Dimensions
2015
Joaquín Segura
Pira
Wood, Recovered Tires & Combustible Fluid
Variable Dimensions
2016
Joaquín Segura
Sin título (Bomba de tubo)
Pigment Print on Dibond
29 x 59 inches
2014
Joaquín Segura
Cancelaciones y encubrimientos #2
Handwoven Haute-lisse Tapestry
79¾ x 58½ inches
2015
Joaquín Segura
Cuatro tesis filosóficas
Oil on Canvas
43 x 67 inches
2014
Joaquín Segura
Ensayo sobre reconstrucción (José Martí)
HD Video | 3 Channels
2014
Joaquín Segura
Estudio material sobre la revuelta #1
Pigment Prints on Cotton Paper
18 x 27 inches/ea
2014
Joaquín Segura
Los anarquistas y las bombas
Single Channel HD Video
11'51"
2013
Joaquín Segura
G8
Synthetic Fabric and Wood
8 x 10 x 16 feet
2013
Joaquín Segura
Biblioteca definitiva para una revolución fallida (Citas del Presidente Mao Tse Tung)
Pigment Ink Print on Dibond
44 x 59 inches
2012
Joaquín Segura
Complejo de mesías #8
Charcoal on Cotton Paper
19½ x 27½ inches
2013
Joaquín Segura
Notas sobre México
Recovered Projectile and Paper
6 x 8 x 6 inches
2014
Joaquín Segura
Exigimos justicia para Francisco Ramirez, José Luis Ramirez y Alvaro Jacinto, quienes fueron asesinados por paramilitares del MULT-PUP - UBISORT-PRI
Synthetic Polymer Paint on Recovered Banner
47 x 81 inches
2012
Joaquín Segura
Untitled (Nitro-glycerine)
Haute-lisse hand woven tapestry
80.31 x 108.26 inches
2007
Joaquín Segura
Sin título (Paloma blanca)
Taxidermied Dove, Hand Grenade and Safety Pin
Variable Dimensions
2008
Joaquín Segura
Sin título (Paloma blanca)
Taxidermied Dove, Hand Grenade and Safety Pin
Variable Dimensions
2008
Joaquín Segura
El discurso inaugural
Intervention
10 x 4 x 8 inches
2009
Exhibitions at Pequod
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