Andrew Roberts

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Towards Electromateriality
Brief History of the Sun
The Complex
Sunsire Corporation
Time Capsule 

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Born in 1995, Tijuana, B.C., México


Solo exhibitions


Towards Electromateriality, SEVENTH Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Imágenes asesinas y cómo ocultarse de ellas, LADRÓNgalería, Mexico City, México


Sunrise Corporation, CECUT, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, México


Una diva con anteojos, Biquini Wax EPS, Mexico City, México

Capsule Corp., Escritorio de Procesos, Mexicali, México

Group exhibitions


reprise: american fine arts, an allegory for americas, ArtMovementLA, Los Angeles, USA

Nos estamos acercando, Curated by Malteada la Vida, Museo El Centenario, PreMaco, Monterrey, MX


Being Here with You/Estando aquí contigo: 42 Artists from San Diego and Tijuana, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, USA

I<< II > · >>I Ficción y tiempo, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Mexico City, MX

BIM Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina

7ma Bienal Internacional de Arte Universitario, Museo Universitario Leopoldo Flores, Toluca

Life on Mars, American Fine Arts Part 6, Current Projects, Miami, Florida, USA

livin’ a dream reality, American Fine Arts Part 5, Marvin Gardens, New York, USA

Lost & Found, American Fine Arts Part 4, 2351 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, USA

Muster Station, The School of Beginnings with Whitstable Biennale, Tate Modern, London, UK

A Dangerous Obsession, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, USA

The Fool’s Journey, American Fine Arts Part 3, travelling show curated by BBQLA and Lara Schoorl, BS Projects, Houston; Territory OKC, Oklahoma City; Living Arts , Tulsa; HAW Contemporary, Kansas City; Maple Street Construct, Omaha; Brit & Alex Lindsay, Minneapolis; G-CADD, Granite City; Fort Houston, Nashville; Sugar Space, Indianapolis;  Anytime Dept., Cincinnati, USA

FOCOMX, Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, MX

CROSSOVER, Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City, MX

On the tip of my tongue, American Fine Arts Part 2, Cloaca Projects, San Francisco, USA

Una columna de rastros, Galería Principal, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, Tijuana, MX


Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, USA

Caleidoscopio Steady-cam, Semana Internacional de Videoarte de Lanzarote, Spain

ARTEMERGENTE Bienal Nacional Monterrey, Centro de las Artes, CONARTE, Monterrey, MX

Tercer Concurso de Fotografía Contemporánea de México, CONARTE, Monterrey, MX

A salto de mata, Galería de la Ciudad, ICBC, Mexicali, MX

Esto que ocurre, RI Space, Tijuana, MX

XXXVII Encuentro Nacional de Arte Joven 2017, Instituto Cultural de Aguascalientes, Ags., MX

Desconfiar de las imágenes, Centro Cultural de Ciudad Universitaria, UNAM, Mexico City, MX


XXXVI Encuentro Nacional de Arte Joven 2016, Casa de la Cultura Celaya, Guanajuato, MX

Circuito de Quimeras, Galería de la Ciudad, IMAC, Tijuana, MX

XIV Concurso Nacional de Vídeo Experimental, ICBC, Mexicali, MX

XXXVI Encuentro Nacional de Arte Joven 2016, Galería de la Ciudad, Aguascalientes, MX

Grants and awards


Award / First Place, 7ma Bienal Internacional de Arte Universitario, UAEMex, Toluca, MX

Grant / Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, Curatorial grant for Deslave, Mexico City, MX

Grant / Programa de Desarrollo Cultural Municipal, Curatorial grant for Deslave, ICBC-IMAC, Tijuana, MX


Award / EXIT Prize, Tercer Concurso de Fotografía Contemporánea

Award / Finalist, Juan Downey Prize, 13 Bienal de Artes Mediales, Chile


Grant / Jóvenes Creadores, PECDA 2016-2017, Tijuana, Baja California, MX

Grant / APROART 2016, Secretaría de Cultura - Centro Cultural Tijuana

Award / Honorable mention, Sexto Concurso Internacional de Videoarte “Visiones del Arte”, FICUNAM

Gallery experience

Deslave, Founder and co-director, Tijuana, B.C., México  /

TJINCHINA ProjectSpace, Assistant, Tijuana, B.C., México

Curatorial projects


FUTURAMA, San Diego Art Institute, CA, USA (forthcoming)

Dollhouse, SEVENTH Gallery, Merbourne, Australia (forthcoming)

Deslave, Material Art Fair 2019, Mexico City, MX 


Terror en lo profundo, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

VIDEOHOUSE 3, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Biquini Wax EPS, Mexico City, MX


Audiovisual Arts Coordinator, Instituto Altazor, Tijuana, MX

Art teacher, Instituto Altazor, Tijuana, MX

Visiting lectures


Artist Talk, Artist Run Spaces, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, SD, CA, USA


Artist Talk, Open Show, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, USA

Artist Talk, Medium Festival of Photography, Cine Tonalá, Tijuana, BC, MX - San Diego, USA

Symposium panelist, Technology and the body, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA

Symposium panelist, Imágenes asesinas y cómo ocultarse de ellas, Festival Internacional de Tijuana, Museo del Coleccionista, Tijuana, MX

Artist Talk, ¿A dónde van las imágenes?, Coloquio Nacional de Fotografía Contemporánea, Ensenada, MX

Artist Talk, Deslabaes, Facultad de Artes, UABC, Ensenada, MX



Sunrise Corporation, 2017 
Solo exhibition at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, BC, México

How to sell the sun, 2017
4K video, three-channel video installation and digital prints, headphones and electric extension cords
2:46 min., variable dimensions
Installation view at Sunrise Corporation, Centro Cultural Tijuana, 2017, Tijuana, BC, México

How to sell the sun, 2017
Corporate performance where the museum docents pretended to be the workers of Sunrise Corporation
Every Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

From the sensibility of the contemporary artist any human experience is susceptible of being transformed into a work of art. Therefore, an experience as vulgar as the exchange of goods is not exempt from being work material for an image producer. The work of Andrew Roberts (Mexico, 1995) has been articulated from a delicate field of action, which makes it possible to distinguish the exploitation implicit in the relations of production of a society founded on the commodification of all areas of human life. This aesthetic method could be called as a critic towards the political economy of the senses, and consists of a critical look at the operation of the capitalist system.

For his exhibition at CECUT (Centro Cultural Tijuana), artist Andrew Roberts presents a dystopian history of science fiction that starts from a post-apocalyptic assumption. Sunrise Corporation is a company that sells sunrises; since in a not too distant future —mediated by screens, algorithms and super stars— sunrises will be privatized and the only way to see how the day dawns, will be through this company. The most basic and elementary visual entertainment of humanity will no longer be possible, unless you pay for it.

Art has been selling sunrises for years. It is important to remember that what we know as modern art begins symbolically with a sunrise, "Impression, Sunrise" (1872) by the impressionist painter Claude Monet. Monet's painting, if we see it with a capitalist lens, is a successful attempt to privatize a sunrise. One of the questions asked by Sunrise Corporation is, what is our relationship with landscape in a society historically founded on private property.

At Sunrise Corporation, Roberts parodies the friendly branding of contemporary capitalism —specifically that of socially responsible companies— in a stimulating installation that mimics the design of a corporate lobby. The perversity of the company is present in the banners, furniture and propaganda videos, as Sunrise Corporation promotes an exorbitant obscenity: the intellectual appropriation and privatization of the largest galactic waste —and which has been characterized as the reason for the most famous moments of human unproductivity— sunlight.

Text by Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba.