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Joaquín Aras, Bad Blood, 2015. Video. Courtesy of the artist.

Joaquín Aras, Tears always fall in slow motion, 2016. Installation with video, photo and text. Courtesy of the artist.

Joaquín Aras, Mondo Risa aka Mondo Laughter, 2019. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Joaquín Aras, Snuff 1976, 2015. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Joaquín Aras’ work is based on the study of cinematic conventions such as genre, narrative structure and character archetypes as well as the visual effects, techniques and devices involved in the practical construction of the moving image. Working with video, installation, texts, performance, drawing and photography, he engages in well-known practices of storytelling to interrogate the effects of fiction on reality.

During his residency at Gasworks, Aras will continue working on Mondo Risa aka Mondo Laughter, a project that explores taboo and controversial humour. His research will focus on the tradition of British humour to confront the class system and reveal power structures.  


Joaquín Aras lives and works in Buenos Aires. He studied Communication at UCA and gained an MA in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought from EGS in Switzerland. Recent solo presentations include; Cine Teatro York, Buenos Aires (2018); Móvil, Buenos Aires (2016); La Ene Museum, Buenos Aires (2014); and Isla Flotante Buenos Aires (2012). Recent group exhibitions include; Panorama del Videoarte Argentino, MNA, La Paz (2018); Mínimo Teatral, MACRO, Santa Fe (2017); and ARG: Videoartistas argentines, Central Galería, São Paulo (2016). His works were selected for Braque Prize and Bienalsur, Bienal de Arte Joven (both 2017).

Joaquín Aras’ residency is supported by Erica Roberts and hosted in the Roberts Residency Studio. The residency is developed in partnership with URRA, in alliance with arteBA Argentina.