Carles Congost

Projects :
Bright Like A Diamond, YEAR 13, “I am so happy to be welcomed in this celebratory feeling.” Artist Talk at Instituto Cervantes


Born in Olot, Girona, Spain, 1970, lives and works between Olot and Barcelona. In his work he combines different media and supports such as video, music, drawing, photography and installation to create a complex and ironic discourse about art and its exchanges.


His work is characterized by this singular fondness for different subgenres of the culture of the masses, which he raises questions about the prevailing mechanisms of the art of our day. Throughout his work we see how the role the artist plays in the contemporary world is related to that of the adolescent undergoing the socialization process. The uninhibited way in which he integrates very different influences, such as pop music, comic books, television, fantasy films and teenage iconography, into his artistic discourse, in addition to a very particular use of irony and humour, shape a work underscored by its demystifying nature, breaking down the hierarchies of forms of expression.


Solo shows (selection): Country Girls, in Espai 13/ Fundació Miró, Barcelona, 2000; Popcorn Love, in Espacio Uno/ MNCARS (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) in Madrid, 2001; That’s my Impression!, in CAAC (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo) in Seville, 2001; Un Mystique Determinado, in Bilbao Arte, in Bilbao, in 2003 and CGAC (Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo) in Santiago de Compostela, 2005; Memorias de Arkaran, in Centre d’ Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 2005 and CAC Málaga, in Málaga, 2006; We Are Tomorrow, Present Future Solo Project, in Artissima Art Fair, Torino, 2006; Say I’m Your Number One, in MUSAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León) in Leon, 2007; La Mala Pintura, in Artericambi, Verona, 2008; The Pimp, Solo Project, in Frieze Art Fair, in London, 2008; Adult Contemporary in Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, 2009; There Is Nothing You Can’t Do, Can Palauet, in Mataró (Barcelona), in 2012, among others.


He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in the Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Mucsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the MIGROS in Zurich; the MAMBA in Buenos Aires; the fa projects in London; the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; the PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; the Hamburger Banhof (Museum fur Gegenwart) in Berlin; Museo Tamayo in Mexico DF; the IMMA in Dublin.