Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian media artist that develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation, by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance, or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency.” Recently the subject of solo exhibitions at the MUAC Museum in Mexico City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he was the first artist to officially represent Mexico at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition at Palazzo Van Axel in 2007.
He has also shown at Biennials in Havana, Istanbul, Kochi, Liverpool, Montréal, Moscow, New Orleans, Seoul, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. His work is in collections such as MoMA in New York, Hirshhorn in Washington DC, MUAC in Mexico and TATE in London. His large-scale public art installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit of Cities in Lyon (2003), the Expansion of the European Union in Dublin (2004), the memorial for the Tlatelolco Student Massacre in Mexico City (2008), the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (2010) and the pre-opening exhibition for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (2015). Among his many awards are two BAFTAs from the British Academy, a Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria, the Governor General’s Award in Canada, the Trophée des Lumières in France and an International Bauhaus Award in Germany.