The project consists of a double return to the origin; the first one, biographical; the second, archaeological, but both profoundly interwoven. Iñaki Bonillas’ fortuitous finding of an audiovisual archive (composed of films, photographs, newspaper clippings and sound recordings) becomes the possibility of a restoration (a return to the original, to the origin) not only on the technological level of the materials, but also and most importantly, to the artist’s own origin, as the archive belonged to his father. The archive must be updated (restored, saved from extinction and therefore from oblivion) to preserve, at the same time, an important part of the artist’s personal biography. So the archaeological effort also entails an effort to bring to light fragments of a personal history. To go back in time, not by means of memory (in this case non-existent or rather in formation), but through the archive (the will to remember).
The idea is to rehabilitate the materials so that they return to their original state, from which they could be reproduced again, ad infinitum. The film, in which Bonillas’ father rehearses bullfighting pases, will then be restored to its previous state: a series of stills; the photographs to negatives, the newspaper clippings to printing plates; the audio recordings to musical scores.
Iñaki Bonillas was born in Mexico City in 1981. In 2006 he received the Award Isabel-Fundación COFF, in San Sebastian, Spain. Bonillas has participated in biennials in Venice and Tirana, Albania. Among his recent solo shows: Pensamiento circular: una antología (Circular Thought: an anthology), Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, 2009); Ya no, todavía no (Not anymore, not yet), Galleria Sonia Rosso, Torino, Italy, 2009; Thought Figures, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, 2008; El Topoanalista (The Topoanalist), Matadero, Madrid, and Naufragio con espectador (Shipwreck with espectator), OMR, Mexico City, both in 2007. Has participated in numerous group shows and his works are part of among other, Colección Jumex (Mexico City), Colección Coppel (Sinaloa), Colección Patrick Charpenel (Guadalajara), the Fundación COFF (San Sebastián, Spain), the Fundación IFEMA/ARCO (Madrid), the Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (Galicia), the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte UNAM (Mexico City) and Colección Gelman (México).