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Book | Systema Artificialis

Systema Artificialis
Totemic Figure (Offering I, II, III)
Taxons Series

Hand Studies
Light Studies
Gator’s Bullet Hole
Habana (The Decisive Moment Split)
Hummingbird Tail (Totemic Studies)

Chthonic Beings (Mendieta’s Venus)
Chthonic Textures I-III (Mendieta’s Venus)

Tentacular Portraits (Mendieta’s Venus)

Diorama I, II (Nature Studies)

Totemic Figure IV
Totemic Figure V
Totemic Figure VI
Totemic Composite I-IV
Totemic Studies I
Totemic Studies II
Totemic Studies III

As of Now
The Myth of Progress
Enders (Extinction Studies)
Night walks, Nighthawks
Precarious Nature

Endemic Studies I
Endemic Studies II
Saturniidae (Diorama Studies)

Exuviae (Diorama Studies)
Daedalea (Diorama Studies)
Crassostrea (Diorama Studies)
Hystrix / Strata
Hystrix /  Bucephalus

The peach, the chestnut, the fly and the fly that looks like a bee
Tigre Comune e Antilope

Earthly Fixtions (Taxon Studies)
Exhibit I (Anthropocene Studies)
Discarded Taxonomies (Anthropocene Studies)
Site-specific Installation | Casa Wabi
Used, drifted, found, burned, lost, and found again

From Now On
Brick Vine (Tentacular)
Parasitic Behavior (Capitalocene Studies)
Growth Vase
Chac-Pel Conch Deluge 
100-Year-Old Oak Mobile
Crab Dryer (After Duchamp)
Nearly Elapsed
Ingrained Extension
Suspended Ecosystem

Sawfish Dream
Tentacular Thought
Animist Structure I
Animist Structure II
Cosmovisión I
Cosmovisión II

Totemic Resin Figure I-V
De-extinction Pedestal I-IV
Primal Assemblage (Sawfish Dreams)

Tentacular Figure I, II, III
Tentacular Figure IV, V
Macaw Pedestal (Totemic Studies) 
Tentacular Castello

Anthropomorphic Seeds (Venus Studies)
Taxon Canvas II - VI

Taxon Resin (Anthropocene Studies)
Venus Studies
Pest Pedestal (Totemic Studies)
Owl Pedestal (Totemic Studies)
Hummingbird Pedestal (Totemic Studies)

Anthropocentric Flip (Horseshoe Crab)
A Chthonic Becoming (Mendieta’s Venus)
Pest Studies (Giant Swallowtail)

Hybrids (Totemic Studies)
Pest Studies I


Ernesto Solana (B. Guadalajara, 1985) is an artist based in Mexico City. He works in different mediums like photography, sculpture and installation. His artistic practice is parallel to his research and explorations around the suburban belts of different cities in the US, Mexico, Northern Africa and the Netherlands. In his works, Solana discusses the tensions between natural and artificial realms and the way in which urbanization and colonialism have clashed both categories. He leaps from prehistorical fossil deposits; to early notions of biological nomenclature and display; to the normalization of industrialized waste within marginalized urban landscapes.  Solana recently presented his solo show Primal Reflex in PEANA Gallery, Monterrey, MX, and has been part of groups show like As to Be Inaudible at C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany curated by Jörg Colberg; El castillo de los ladrillos rotos, in Mexico City, and Prima Materia in New York. He recently published his book titled “Systema Artificialis” where he explores the consequences of the anthropocene and the new forms of relationship between the notions of humanity and nature. Solana studied at ICP in New York and got his MFA in Photography at the University of Hartford, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Director of Instituto de la prehistoria

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Selected Shows

Solo Shows

2021 Museo de Geologia de la UNAM, Mexico City, MX | (Upcoming)

2021 guadalajara90210, Guadalajara, MX | (Upcoming)

2020 Ecología feral, Casa Wabi Santa Maria, Mexico City, MX (Currently)

2020 Transformarse en objeto, Proyecto Arte, Guadalajara, MX

2019 Primal Reflex, PEANA, Monterrey, MX

2018 Taxon Drift, Non-fiction Gallery, Savannah, US

Group Shows

2020 Capitaloceno, LAAA Movil, Mexico City, MX (Currently)

2020 Transatlantico, Mana Contemporary & Palazzo Monti, Jersey City, US (Currently)

2020 Arte Vivo CDMX 2020, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX

2020 Inmanente: Disoluciones en el paisaje, OPC, Puerto Vallarta, MX

2020 Pájaro piedra, kino, Cine Tonalá, Mexico City, MX

2020 Plaza de la informalidad, guadalajara90210, ZONA MACO, Mexico City, MX

2019 Mercurio retrógrado, guadalajara90210, Guadalajara, MX

2019 Arte Vivo CDMX 2019, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, MX

2019 El castillo de los ladrillos rotos, guadalajara90210, Mexico City, MX

2019 Guest Room, Der Greif, curated by Emma Bowkett, Munich, DE (Online)

2019 Sympoiesis, SVA Bio Art Lab, NYC, US, 2019

2019 Our Environment : Our Common Core, SXSE PhotoGallery, Molena, US

2019 BREAK A LEG, sUgAR, Fayetteville, US

2018 Prima Materia, LaCasaPark, Gardiner, US

2018 Sustained Pause, Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, US

2018 Salon Emergente, Guadalajara, MX

2017 NET 2.6: What does natural look like…?, Oranbeg Press, US

2017 As to Be Inaudible, C/O Berlin, curated by Jörg Colberg, Berlin, DE

2017 Salon ACME, Ciudad de México, MX

2017 Indocumentados, Guadalajara, MX
Residencies & Awards

2021 USSR, Mexico City, MX | (Upcoming)

2021 Casa NaNo, Tokyo, JPN | (To be rescheduled due to pandemic)

2021 LACASAPARK, Gardiner, US | (To be rescheduled due to pandemic)

2019 Palazzo Monti, Brescia, IT

2019 SVA’s Bio Art Lab, SVA New York, New York City, US

2019 Sindicato, Guadalajara, MX

2018 Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, MX

2018 Fellman Award, Universidad de Hartford; Hartford, US


Photobook Vol. 3, Fisheye, 2019

Systema Artificialis, Self Published, 2018

NET 2.6: What does natural look like…?, Oranbeg Press, 2017

Featured Work

Esquire Russia - Featured in literature edition

Fisheye Magazine - Featured on the cover of issue #39

Fisheye Magazine - Published on Photobook Vol.3

Vogue Italia

Cream Magazine - Interview

Fisheye Magazine - Interview

Aint-bad - Interview

Don’t take Pictures


Oranbeg Press

Hummingbird Pedestal (Totemic Studies) in the cover of Fisheye Magazine

All images © 2020 Ernesto Solana