Artista

Jonathan Harker

1975 en Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Cortesía de Jonathan Harker y de DiabloRosso
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Reside en Ciudad de Panamá, Panama, Panamá
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Descripción del Artista
Jonathan Harker (Quito, 1975) utilizes irony and hyperbole to subvert the language and conventions used to narrate stories. His work reveals the fabricated nature of identity, both personal and collective. In 1999 he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in film and media studies. Harker moved to Panama in 1986, and since 2006 worked with Donna, who lived in Panama since 1994. Conlon and Harker have worked together since 2006, making thirteen videos between that year and 2013, all of which use a playful approach to address serious sociopolitical themes. Specifically, they examine apparent contradictions in the construction of Panamanian national identity, political and societal disparities in Panama’s rapidly changing urban fabric, and the ironies generated by consumerism and competition in contemporary capitalist society. Drinking Song, a video made for the Mercosul Biennial in 2011, employs visual and auditory cues to explore the experience of living in a developing country ... colonized by North American cultural and economic imperatives. Conlon and Harker use Panamanian beer bottles and cans to play the national anthem of the United States, finishing with a satisfied belch. The beers’ names reflect the imagery of their nation of origin and the conflicts faced in the development of its identity. The tune of the U.S. anthem was originally borrowed from a British drinking song, and by juxtaposing it with Panamanian imagery, Drinking Song underscores the arbitrary nature of national symbolism. In Capapults (2012), the artists play a game using disposable spoons as weapons, launching plastic bottle caps toward a concrete platform that was once part of a U.S. military installation during that nation’s occupation of the Panama Canal Zone and is now an observation deck in a park. As the video progresses, the viewer sees that the bottle caps that fall through a hole in the platform are accumulating on the forest floor, suggesting a disconnection between actions and our awareness of their consequences. Conlon and Harker have been the subject of solo exhibitions at Samson Projects, Boston (2007); Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura, Fortaleza, Brazil, and TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica (both 2009); and Diablo Rosso, Panama City (2014). Their work has also been featured in the group exhibitions Weather Report, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2007); Consumer, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, El Museo del Barrio, New York (2012); and Salón (inter)Nacional de Artistas, Medellín; (2013). The artists also participated in the Havana Biennial (2009); Pontevedra Biennial, Spain (2010); and Mercosul Biennial, Porto Allegre, Brazil; and El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011, El Museo del Barrio, New York (both 2011). Conlon and Harker, who also exhibit individually, live and work in Panama City.

 

 
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Madrid, España

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Museo Universidad de Navarra - MUN / Pamplona, Navarra, España

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