Jota Castro is a Peruvian-born artist (Yurimaguas, 1965), based in Brussels, Belgium, who worked in the diplomatic service for two decades. In the late 1990s he left his career as a diplomat at the United Nations and the European Union and decided to devote himself totally to the field of art. Through his different professional activities, Castro has gained in-depth knowledge of the world of international politics; moreover, he considers his university studies in Law and Political Science as his real training in art. His critical observation of todays political scene in European countries and his wide range of social and cultural references, with or without specific historical relevance, have turned his work into a well-planted barb in the flank of the global theatre of nations.
Castro's sculptures, installations, and performances point to certain mechanisms at work in present day Western society, with its imbalances and weaknesses, which are skillfully highlighted by the artist to reveal the incongruities at work in political and social structures.
He is consulting editor for Janus magazine in Belgium and Nolens Volens in Spain. He is a lecturer at the European University of Madrid. His work has been extensively shown around the world. He has participated in the Venice, Tirana, Prague and Gwangju Biennales. He won the Gwangju Biennale Prize in 2004 in South Korea.
Sleep tight, Elaine Levy Project, Brussels.
Enjoy your travel, Umberto Di Marino - Napoli, Naples.
Ni más ni menos, Galeria Oliva Arauna, Madrid.
Born to be alive, Elaine Levy Project, Brussels.
Row window, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki.
Taking part, SM's-Stedelijk Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Exposition universelle 1, Palais de Tokyo, Site De Création Contemporain, Paris.
Exposition universelle 2, B.P.S. 22, Espace De Création Contemporaine, Charleroi.
Bouc-émissaire, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris.
Jota Castro … Pour Amiel, La Criée, Centre d’art contemporain & Théatre National De Bretagne, Rennes.
Love hotel, Galerie Maisonneuve, Paris.
Motherfuckers never die, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia.
Si c’était á refaire…, Project Tokyorama, Palais de Tokio, Site De Création Contemporain, Paris.
Jota Castro, Fondo Del Sol Visual Arts Center, Washington D.C.