Tania Candiani is interested in the translation between phonic, graphic, linguistic, bodily, symbolic and technological languages systems. By reordering, remixing, and playing with correspondences between technologies, knowledge systems, and ideas, she invents new ways to organize creative and critical thinking. As a non-academic researcher, she uses historical records and archives as weaving materials. She is particularly interested in projects developed for specific sites due to the socio-historical interconnections that they can offer as well as the possibility of co-creating and interweaving ideas with specific communities. During her time at Amant, Candiani develops her ongoing research related to women’s participation in politics in the early 19th Century. In New York State, women demanded equal civil rights and the right to vote earlier than in other parts of the country, and Candiani studies the history of the Suffragettes, along with the major strikes against textile and clothing manufacturers in New York that inspired similar actions nationwide.
Candiani, born in 1974 in Mexico City, currently lives and works in Mexico City. Since 2012, she has been a fellow at the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (National Art Creators System) of Mexico and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2018) and the Guggenheim Fellowship Award (2011), among others. She has shown her work at the Queens Museum in New York, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, the Museum Boijmans Van Beauningen in Rotterdam, the ASU Art Museum in Phoenix, the 11th Cairo Biennial, the 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the 11th Bienal de Cuenca, the 13th Havana Biennial, as well as at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, the MUAC in Mexico City; and the Museo Amparo in Puebla, among others. Candiani represented Mexico in the 56th Venice Biennial.