Skip to main content

Displacement - Group Show

Galleries Akinci

Lijnbaansgracht 317
1017 WZ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 638 04 80

Open Tue - Sat / 13-18 hrs

12 Mar — 23 Apr

Time 12 Mar


Piedras Blancas, 2014, one-channel video projection, 4:53 min.

Born in Catamarca, Argentina, Miguel Angel Rios (1953) now divides his time between Mexico City and New York. He received worldwide appreciation when he first showed his work A Morir (Till Death): a ground-breaking three-channel video of audacious ambition exploring colonialism and globalization by creating a darkly romantic narrative with spinning black and white tops—’trompos’.

Rios made several works in the series of spinning-top videos, in which he expresses his primary concerns of social power struggles, violence and geopolitics on an intriguing symbolic level. In his more recent films, Rios continues to compose powerful metaphors for violent subjects, combining control and coincidence to represent the uncertainty and temporariness of the human condition.

Rios has had solo exhibitions at museums across the world, including ASU Art Museum, Temple, USA (2015), Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA (2013), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2013), Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA (2012), Museo Carrillo Gil, México DF (2011), Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2009), Maison Européenne de la Photographie MEP, Paris (2011 and 2009), Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (2008), and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (2005). His videos have been screened during La Biennale de Lyon, FR (2015), Liverpool Biennial, GB (2011), and ), the Biennale of Sydney, AU (2010). He participated in group exhibitions at a.o. Centro del Carmen, Valencia, ES (2014), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA (2014), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes, FR (2013), Busan Museum, KR (2012), Tranen Contemporary Art Center, DK (2012), Molaa Museum of Latin American Art, USA (2011), The National Museum in Warsaw, PL (2010), and Daros Exhibitions, Zürich, CH (2009). He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has received numerous awards including the John Guggenheim Fellowship (1998) for his work exploring the mediums of painting, drawing and collage.


Other events

Galleries The Merchant House

Fri / 12-19.30 hrs + by appointment 

Date 20 Apr - 8 Jul

Opening Friday 20 Apr
19 - 21 hrs

Galleries Juliette Jongma

Wed - Sat / 13-18 hrs

Date 31 Mar - 12 May

Opening Saturday 31 Mar
17 - 19 hrs

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Juliette Jongma

Galleries Van Zijll Langhout / Contemporary Art

Wed - Sat / 10-17 hrs
+ by appointment

Date 24 Feb - 28 Apr

Opening Saturday 24 Feb
17 - 19 hrs

Museums/Institutes Jewish Historical Museum

Daily / 11-17 hrs

Date 19 Jan - 31 May


Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski, Odessa (1989)