AZOR, 2012
aluminum, dimensions variable
The Materiality of the Invisible, 2017, Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL, installation view

AZOR, 2012
aluminum, dimensions variable
The Materiality of the Invisible, 2017, Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL, installation view

AZOR, 2012
aluminum, dimensions variable
The Materiality of the Invisible, 2017, Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL, installation view

Student, 2016
polyurethane, resin
Today was another sunny day, 2016, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Polanco, MX, installation view

Student, 2016 - detail
polyurethane, resin
Today was another sunny day, 2016, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Polanco, MX, installation view

Today was another sunny day, 2016
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Polanco, MX, installation view

Today was another sunny day, 2016
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Polanco, MX, installation view

Amanecer, 2016 - video still
HD Video
16’09’’

Nagelmann, 2016
wood, 250 x 250 x 100 cm
Biennale Gherdëina V, 2016, Ortisei, IT, installation view

Nagelmann, 2016
wood, 250 x 250 x 100 cm
Biennale Gherdëina V, 2016, Ortisei, IT, installation view

Tankman, 2013
mixed media, 175 x 100 x 50 cm
Call of te Mall, 2013, Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht, NL, installation view

Tankman, 2013
mixed media, 175 x 100 x 50 cm
Call of te Mall, 2013, Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht, NL, installation view

Talking Leaders, 2013
bronze, dimension variable
Le Pont MAC, Marseille, FR, installation view

El sueño de la razón, 2013
Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht, NL, installation view

Flagman, 2013
aluminum,
El sueño de la razón, 2013, Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht, NL, installation view

Tankman, 2013
polyurethane, resin, 516 x 285 x 125 cm
El sueño de la razón, 2013, Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht, NL, installation view

El sueño de la razón, 2013
Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht, NL, installation view

Guernica Syndrome (AZOR), 2012 - video still
video
31'17''

Guernica Syndrome (AZOR), 2012 - video still
video
31'17''

AZOR, 2012
aluminum, dimensions variable
Síndrome de Guernica, 2012, Matadero, Madrid, ES, installation view

AZOR, 2012
aluminum, dimensions variable
Síndrome de Guernica, 2012, Matadero, Madrid, ES, installation view

AZOR, 2012
aluminum, dimensions variable
Síndrome de Guernica, 2012, Matadero, Madrid, ES, installation view

AZOR, 2012 - detail
aluminum, dimensions variable
Síndrome de Guernica, 2012, Matadero, Madrid, ES, installation view

AZOR, 2012
aluminum, dimensions variable
Síndrome de Guernica, 2012, Matadero, Madrid, ES, installation view

tegenboschvanvreden, ARCO 2012
Madrid, ES, installation view

tegenboschvanvreden, ARCO 2012
Madrid, ES, installation view

Painter, 2011
bronze
140 x 63 x 60 cm

Barricada, 2011
bronze
20 x 50 x 290 cm

Spanish Object, 2010
steel, bronze
156 x 28 x 19 cm

Mostar (Death Souvenir), 2009
lambda print on dibond
93.5 x 120 cm

Tactica, 2010 - video still
video
17'

Tactica, 2010 - video still
video
17'

Pegasus Dance, 2007 - video still
video
12'14''

Pegasus Dance, 2007 - video still
video
12'14''

Pegasus Dance, 2007 - video still
video
12'14''

Rich Cat Dies of Heart Attack in Chicago, 2004 - video still
video
22'23''

Rich Cat Dies of Heart Attack in Chicago, 2004 - video still
video
22'23''

Rich Cat Dies of Heart Attack in Chicago, 2004 - video still
video
22'23''

biography

In his work Fernando Sánchez Castillo analyzes the relationship between art and (political) power. The artist presents us with a different view of, and interaction with, reality in his work. Sánchez Castillo often uses existing “traces” from the past as a starting point for his work and as material for his analysis and transformations. He does so—on the basis of strong social commitment—in a playful and humorous manner. Sánchez Castillo’s fascination with the history of his home country, with the civil war, the postwar era and the dictatorship, but also with today’s world, departs from a concern not only for the political and the revolutionary, but certainly for the social aspects of historical processes as well. Collective memory extends far beyond national boundaries and finds its way into the present. The artist plays with connotations that once sought images to match and, conversely, with images that now demand new connotations. The work of the Sánchez Castillo is an attempt to rewrite history, at least to make us aware of its complexity and traces, and also to show that history is a story that is constantly being constructed from the vantage point of power.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo was born in 1970 in Madrid (ES). He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Complutense Madrid, and a MA degree from the Instituto de Estética Contemporánea, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid. He is a former member of the research group of ENSBA Paris. In 2005 and 2006 he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in  Amsterdam (NL). Sánchez Castillo participated in the Research Team of the United Nations Geneva, PIMPA Memory, Politics and Art Practices. He had solo exhibitions at a.o. Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow (2019, RU); Kunstraum Innsbruck (2016, AT); Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Polanco (2016, MX); Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch (2016, NL); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo CA2M, Madrid (2015, ES); OK Centrum Linz (2014, AT); Rabo Kunstzone, Utrecht (2013, NL); Kunstpavillon München (2013, DE); Kunstverein Braunschweig (2012, DE); Matadero Madrid (2012, ES); CAC Malaga (2011, ES). Group shows at a.o. Riga Biennial (2018, LT); National Center for Contemporary Arts. Moscow (2016, RU); Today Art Museum Beijing (2016, CN); Biennale Gherdëina (2016, IT); Centraal Museum Utrecht (2016, NL); Manifesta 11 Zürich (2016, CH); Albertinum Dresden (2015, DE); Palais de Tokyo (2015, FR); MOTA Tokyo (2014, JP); Goteborg Biennial (2013, SE); De Appel Amsterdam (2013, NL) and MAC Marseille (2013, FR). Works by Fernando Sánchez Castillo are part of international public and private collections.

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gallery exhibitions
November 25, 2016 - January 7, 2017
Solo
May 21 - June 25, 2016
Group
January 11 - March 1, 2014
Group
May 2 - June 22, 2013
Group
November 28, 2012 - January 12, 2013
Group
March 3 - April 7, 2012
Group
October 29 - December 10, 2011
Solo