* 1981, Mexico City
Since the late nineties, Iñaki Bonillas (Mexico City, 1981) has established a deep relationship with photography in his work. With a regard for the aesthetics and the conceptual practices of the sixties and seventies, Iñaki Bonillas has been gradually isolating the constituent elements of photography and connecting them with other procedures. In 2003 Bonillas introduced the vast photo archives of his grandfather, J. R. Plaza, into his work. He links elements together that are a priori incompatible: on the one hand a personal, biographical narrative that consists of private anecdotes and emotions, and on the other a quasi-scientific element of compilation, classifying, and archiving.
Among his recent solo exhibitions are Secretos, Estancia Femsa, Casa Luís Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico; and Captain Oates, Art Basel 44/Art Unlimited, Switzerland. His work has been shown in exhibitions such as Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia (2015); Punctum, Salzburger Kunstverein (2014); The Imminence of Poetics, 30th Biennial of São Paulo (2012); Arxiu J. R. Plaza, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona (2012); Poule!, Jumex Collection, Mexico City (2012); Resisting the Present, Amparo Museum, Puebla & Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC (2011 & 2012); Little Theater of Gestures, Kunstmuseum Basel & Malmö Konsthall (2009); Intervención al pabellón, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona (2005); Little History of Photography, MUHKA, Antwerp (2003); Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennial (2003); Locus Focus, Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem (2001).
Inaki Bonillas currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.