Alejandro T. Acierto

IDEA: In introduction in the sound art of Alejandro T. Acierto.

WHAT: Being an artist and musician, his work employs the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them as materials to reflect on themes of belonging and affinity. Drawing on histories of exclusion and marginalization, his practice seeks to reassert agency to those stories that have been subjected to silence, rupture, and abandon. Most recently, his work around the breath has come to enable a strategy for becoming, a predecessor to speech where the breath remains a site of possibility. As a space that gives agency to voices that are no longer offered the ability to speak, this investigation allows him to link the body with histories of marginalization while contemplating the means for which these voices are mediated. 

WHY: Refashioning the body as a way to reaffirm and reimagine struggles of self-determination, the breath and the voice thus become sites of investigation that enable exchange, dialogue, and transformation. 

BY: Alejandro T. Acierto currently on view at Corner Gallery, Chicago.

Alejandro T. Acierto, Taft’s own, 2016
Screenprint on brass, surface mount transducer
Part of Focusing (Vol. II), a solo show at Corner in Chicago. On view until November 15, 2016!

Alejandro T. Acierto, you the murmur in the air, 2016

Alejandro T. Acierto, Even as your own weight insists you are here, fighting off the weight of nonexistence, 2016

 

Alejandro T. Acierto, erasure (for Michael Brown) [working title], 2014
white correction tape on magnetic tape encased in a cassette
art of a series of works for cassette.

Alejandro T. Acierto, erasure (for Michael Brown) [working title], 2014
white correction tape on magnetic tape encased in a cassette
art of a series of works for cassette.

Alejandro T. Acierto, erasure (for Michael Brown) [working title], 2014
white correction tape on magnetic tape encased in a cassette
Part of a series of works for cassette.

Alejandro T. Acierto, erasure (for Michael Brown) [working title], 2014
white correction tape on magnetic tape encased in a cassette
art of a series of works for cassette.

Alejandro T. Acierto, erasure (for Michael Brown) [working title], 2014
white correction tape on magnetic tape encased in a cassette
art of a series of works for cassette.

Alejandro T. Acierto, studio shots
november 2014, Courtesy by Institute für Alles Mogliche, Berlin, 

Alejandro T. Acierto, studio shots
november 2014, Courtesy by Institute für Alles Mogliche, Berlin, 

Alejandro T. Acierto, [work in progress]
latex
november 2014, Courtesy by Institute für Alles Mogliche, Berlin, 

Alejandro T. Acierto, [work in progress]
latex
november 2014, Courtesy by Institute für Alles Mogliche, Berlin, 

Alejandro T. Acierto,
still of performance from 'Water Music on the Beach',
Vocal performance with megaphone.
curated by Tricia Van Eck, 7 September 2014