Sebastian Diaz Morales (Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, 1975) studied both in Argentina and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
His work waves between a passion for documentary investigation – which comes partly from the spectacular nature of his home land, Patagonia, Argentina – and an amazing talent for spontaneous narrative, which is both fantastical and steeped in utopian yearning…
In his films and video installations, SDM constantly returns to an examination of the linguistic and visual possibilities of narration. Influenced by South American avant-garde cinema, documentary approaches and art films, he has developed an unmistakable style. He repeatedly taps into the possibilities opened up by digital processing: the original video sequences become raw material for a practice that dissects the image and recomposes it. The backdrop to his most recent works is set by plumbing the depths of how images can be read and how they relate to or reproduce reality.
DM’s electronic cinema shows the fleeting poignancy of the forgotten human drama that exists everywhere and nowhere, revealing the larger context of the unresolved social problematic that is so pervasive in daily life, from high to low, that it becomes invisible…
Exhibitions of his work have been presented at museums and institutions worldwide, including Tate Modern, London; Center Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum and De Appel, Amsterdam; Art in General, NY; Ludwin Museum, Budapest; Bienale Sao Pablo; Biennale of Sydney; Miro Fundation, Barcelona; MUDAM, Luxemburg; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and his work has been supported by a number of grants and awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.
Represented also in numerous collections, including Center Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Fundacion Jumex, Mexico; Sandretto Foundation, Torino; Sammlung-Goetz, Munich; Fundacion de Arte Moderna, Museo Berardo, Lisboa.
Diaz Morales is represented by gallery carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Catherine Bastide, Brussels.
Part of the curatorial selection by Centre Pompidou – Prospectif Cinéma