Nashville, TN | Photography, Time-based, Sound, Performance, Installation
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, and Roman Susan and presented performance works at Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, the KANEKO, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. Recent projects were shown at the 2019 Havana Biennial in Matanzas and Boundary Gallery in Chicago. Noted for his “insatiable” performance by The New York Times, Acierto has performed written and improvised music extensively throughout the US and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. He is also a clarinetist and founding member of the Chicago-based new music collective Ensemble Dal Niente.
Acierto has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, VCCA, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, LATITUDE, Chicago Artists' Coalition and was an FT/FN/FG Consortium Fellow and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center. A 3Arts Awardee, he received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was an inaugural Artist in Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media at Vanderbilt University.
As an artist and musician, my work emerges from the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them as ways to contemplate themes of belonging and affinity. In considering alternative forms of being rooted in institutional critique, decolonizing methodologies, and queer of color positionings, my work is embedded with sonic affectations of the body that enable a vast deployment of material and conceptual actualizations. Primarily working from a conceptual space of audition, the hearing of corporeal phenomena, as well as materials that gesture to or enable such a hearing offer the ability to link the body to the ways it has been mediated via technology and other modes of representation. Working between two arms of research that highlight systems of mediation, my work looks to the historical foundations of the Archive as a colonial system of organization, difference, and Otherness as well as the techno/ethno-future that speculates new formulations of being that are ontologically deviant from normative constructions of historically marginalized bodies. In navigating how the body and its mediations are represented, signified, and articulated through history and how they might enable different futures, my work begins to reveal the constructions of difference that have been built and codified into the network of social, political, and personal spaces we inhabit.