The artistic production of Leandro Erlich (Buenos Aires, 1973) is the result of inner and conceptual research, which finds its strength in the amusement and paradox between installations, video art, painting, and sculpture.
To understand each site-specific work, the viewer defines a necessary relationship with the work, in which the visit becomes an experience. Erlich realizes his first exhibition at the age of eighteen at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires and, after a degree in Philosophy, participates in the Core Program (1998), which is an artistic residency of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, where he some better-known works, such as “Swimming Pool” and “Living Room”. The works give you the illusion of being in a different place from which you are in the instant you experience them.
In addition to many exhibitions around the world including at the Israel Museum (Israel), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), and the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Erlich has received awards such as the UNESCO Award, and in his career, he has participated in the Whitney Biennial, the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale, and the 49th Venice Biennale.
In this exclusive interview for MUSEUMWEEK, the artist that lives and works in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, tells us some anecdotes about his approach to art and his next projects.
“I am an artist who explores space, and architecture and builds fiction that questions, through the use of perception our understanding of what we call reality. I started being interested in art when I was very young. After completing my school studies, I studied at the Art Institute of Buenos Aires, where there was a very academic education. At least in my case, who was born at the end of the 20th century, therefore pre-internet, studying and making art was an adventure, an experience, and not a professional career like today. So, after secondary school, I thought of taking every risk to start an artistic journey”.
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