Equally at ease in the worlds of video, installation, photography and pictorial experimentation. Tomás Ochoa (Cuenca, Ecuador, 1965) revises the accounts that constitute our history from an anthropological perspective through his works. Considered one of today’s most influential South American artists, his projects continuously address episodes of the colonial past using daring ideas ranging, from monitoring the life of an itinerant actor who lives in the streets to voyeuristic espionage of the business world.
One of his most characteristic procedures is to create images on large format canvases based on archive photographs, which he then burns with gunpowder only to find that, instead of disappearing, history resurfaces.
Tomás Ochoa lives and creates in Zurich, Madrid and Quito. His ample production and varied career have brought him to many of the major events of current contemporary art, such as the Venice Biennale, and he has exhibited as far and wide as Cairo, Athens, Sao Paolo and Istanbul.