Jesús Jiménez of México
Agora and Activo Circulante

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November 5, 2015
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On view November 12, 2015 – January 15, 2016
OAS F Street Gallery
1889 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20006

By appointment only, Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm
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Opening Reception (no appointment necessary): November 12, 2015 at 6pm
The exhibition will be inaugurated by Ambassador Emilio Rabasa, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS

The OAS AMA | Art Museums of the Americas proudly presents Agora & Activo Circulante, an exhibition of two photographic series by Jesús Jiménez of Mexico, as part of FotoWeek DC 2015.

Over the past several years, FotoWeek DC has earned its reputation for evoking discussion on relevant social issues, so it is only fitting that Jiménez’s “Agora and Activo Circulante” be part of its 2015 programming as an exhibition promoting fresh points of view and perspectives on the world around us, and in turn cross-cultural exchanges on a broader scale. AMA has now participated in FotoWeek DC for each of the festival’s eight years.

Activo Circulante examines consumption and economics, questioning the abstraction concept of money and what it means that unfolded paper holds monetary value, and has a life of circulation. Here, unfolded paper has its own inherent characteristics that are highlighted as compositional elements. The Agora series uses supermarket carts, calculators, cash registers, and hoods to shape speech. Childhood memories and poetic moments feed the artist’s everyday life. With traces left by the wheels of shopping carts, stained walls and floors with a broom, signs that lead us nowhere, and gutted machine-paper rolls Jimenez allows us to revisit days of astonishment and play. There is a puzzle to solve in negotiating surprising contexts for banal objects, forming fresh relationships between artist, image, and audience. These images present their subjects as means to an end, not as ends in and of themselves, all the while raising questions.

Jesús Jiménez was born in Morelia, México in 1978. He earned his MA of Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (2007), and has studied as part of the International Students Exchange Program París, France (1999) as well as the Image Center, Contemporary Photography Seminars, Mexico City (2005). He has held solo exhibitions at La Miscelanea Gallery, Mexico City (2014), The Moving Gallery, Omaha (2013), and the Universidad Vigo, Spain (2007). He has held numerous residencies, including PASS#20 at the Grim Museum, Berlin (2008 and 2011). He has taken part in dozens of group exhibitions in cities such as Madrid, Gaudalajara, London, New York City, Toronto, and Monterrey. Jiménez currently divides his time working and living between London and Mexico.