Jacobo Zambrano-Rangel (b. 1991, Venezuela) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2015) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2020). He graduated from the Academic Program at SOMA in Mexico City (2018). His collaborative projects have been exhibited at SOMA and Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico City; Logan Center for The Arts, Threewalls, and Chicago Cultural Center (forthcoming), Chicago; QUEENS, Los Angeles; Duplex, Spare Room, and Access Gallery (forthcoming), Vancouver B.C.; 3rd Kamias Triennial, Manila, Philippines. Zambrano-Rangel is the recipient of the Arts, Science & Culture Collaborative Project Grant from the University of Chicago and The New Artist Society Full Merit scholarship from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He received the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship in 2020.
Jacobo Zambrano-Rangel’s practice is grounded in the relationship between history and power and its modes of representation and translation. Through multi-layered narrative structures that adopt photographic, time-based media and sculpture as vehicles for storytelling, he re-stages situations and spaces where knowledge is exchanged and transmitted. From this ground, his installations become sites of inquiry about the roles and effects of knowledge institutions in the construction of colonialism, personal and collective memory, and national identity. He often employs methodologies associated with anthropology and ethnography to interrogate the past and its relation to the present moment.