With a background in urban space interventions, Alexis Mata navigates a multitude of media ranging from collage, drawing, painting, installation, and digital media. His work is permeated by a strong social and political burden, referencing death, violence, beauty, and Manichaeism (a former major religion founded in the 3rd century AD by the Parthian prophet Mani, in the Sasanian Empire. Manichaeism teaches an elaborate dualistic cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness). Informed by living in a country plagued with inequalities, violence and simulacra, Mata’s work aims to encourage social critique amongst viewers.
Mata transforms classical and contemporary images to look cut, glitched or pixelated as a way to investigate aesthetics and perception through visual archetypes. The result is a juxtaposition between the image and what is perceived, and prompts questions about socially accepted norms, representation, and digital-to-analog processes that result in new images with new meanings.
His latest series Espejismos de Origen (Mirages of Origin) explores individual and collective identification processes concerning official histories and national mythologies.