Mid-Career Artist Award


Tania Candiani (b. 1974) is a Mexican artist. 


“In my practice, I’m interested in the intersection between language systems: phonic, graphic, linguistic, symbolic and technological. I have worked with different narratives by association, taking as a starting point the rearrangement, the remixing and the game with the correspondences between the first technologies, the production of knowledge and thinking process. I use the reorganization as a discourse, as a structure of creative and critical thinking, as a material for real production.


 My work proposes a translation of elements such as sound, text, voice, codes, patterns and diagrams. I have collaborated with interdisciplinary working groups in various fields of knowledge, consolidating the intersections between art, design, tradition, crafts, literature, music, architecture, sustainability and science. As an empiric researcher, I use historical records and archives as weaving materials for the production of installations, scores, sound devices, sculptures, scripts, paintings, garments, actions and videos.”





Photo courtesy of the artist.






A Look Inside:


Mexico City, Mexico, 1974. She lives and works in Mexico City.






Awards and residencies

Production Grant and Residency, ASU Arizona State University Museum. Arizona, NM, USA (2018-2020) | Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Washington, USA (2018) | National Fund for Culture and the Arts, Mexico (2016-2019 and 2012-2015) | Prix Ars Electronica. Award of Distinction. Hybrid Arts, Linz, Austria (2013) | Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Fields. Latin American & Caribbean Fellows, USA (2011).


Selected Exhibitions 


“Pulso: Tania Candiani”. ASU Art Museum. Arizona, USA (2019) | “Ascensión Cautiva”, Museo Universitario del Chopo. Mexico City, Mexico (2018) | “Code, Sound, Signs”, Polytechnic Museum, Moscow; National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). Nizhni Novgorod, Russia (2018) | “Language as Sound”. Centre for Contemporary Arts Laznia. Gdansk, Poland (2018) | “Cromática”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. Oaxaca; ExConvento del Carmen, Guadalajara; Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Sinaloa; Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico (2015-2018) | “Possessing Nature”, Mexican Pavilion. 56th Venice Biennial. (In collaboration w. Luis Felipe Ortega) (2015) | “La Magdalena y otros estudios de campo”, Flora ars+natura. Bogota, Colombia; Casa del Lago, Mexico City; Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Mexico (2013-2014) | “Serendipia”, Artium, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2013) | “Cinco variaciones de circunstancias fónicas y una pausa”, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda. Mexico City, Mexico (2012) | “Refranes”, Centro Cultural España. Mexico City, Mexico; Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Franciso, California, USA (2007-2008)




“Relational Economies: Labor Over Capital”. The 8th Floor. Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. New York, USA (2019) | “Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas”. Queens Museum. New York, and UCR Arts, California Museum of Photography. Pacific Standard Time. Riverside, USA (2017-2019) | XIII Havana Biennial. Havana, Cuba (2019) | Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018. Kochi, India (2018) | “No Such Thing As Gravity”, Foundation of Art and Creative Technology (FACT). Liverpool, United Kingdom, and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Taiwan, China (2016-2017) | “Reverberaciones: arte y sonido en las colecciones del MUAC”, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo. Mexico City, Mexico (2017) | “La Gravedad de los Asuntos”, Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico; Polytechnical Museum. Moscow, Russia; Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. El Paso, Texas, USA; KSEVT, Slovenia (2015) | “Ready Media: Hacia una Arqueología de los medios y la invención en México”. Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo; LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. Gijón, Spain; La Neomudéjart. Madrid, Spain (2015) | “The Future of Fashion is Now”. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Rotterdam, Holland (2014) | “Prix Ars Electronica”. CyberArts Exhibition.OÖ Kuturquartier. Linz, Austria (2013).