Ernesto Solana (b. 1985, Guadalajara) lives and works in Mexico City. Through photography, sculpture, and installations, his art encapsulates the complexities of the natural and the artificial, particularly in peripheral and suburban landscapes that often go unnoticed. Solana presents a multi-species perspective, extending the conversation beyond human boundaries and inviting us to perceive landscapes as extensions of ourselves. His work delves into themes of extinction, scientific collections, archival practices, and the impact of anthropocentric activities on the planet. This serves as a reminder of our interconnectedness with all forms of life and the urgent need for a deeper understanding of our place within the ecosystem.
Recently, Solana showcased his solo exhibition "Instituto de la Neoprehistoria: Capítulo II" at the Guachimontones Archaeological Site in Teuchitlán, Mexico. He has also participated in group exhibitions such as "As to Be Inaudible" at C/O Berlin, Berlin (curated by Jörg Colberg), "Transatlántico" at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, "Memory Shop" at Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido (curated by Nicolás Bourriaud), and "Entre Irse y Quedarse" at Palace Enterprise in Copenhagen. He has authored a book, "Systema Artificialis," which explores the consequences of the Anthropocene and new forms of relationship between humanity and nature.
Solana holds a diploma in Forest and Wildlife Conservation, a degree in photography from the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, and a Master's degree in Photography from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. His artistic trajectory exemplifies a profound reflection on the coexistence of human and natural realms in a rapidly changing world.
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