Lives and works in Mexico City
Javier Barrios (b. 1989) investigates the power and social structures that mediate contemporary society, and he has a particular interest in modes of exchange and distribution, both as they apply to the economy and to the trafficking of information, ideas, and images. Through his meticulously executed pencil drawings, mixed media prints, as well as his diverse installations and sculptures, he examines the excesses and inequalities that he sees as inherent to capitalism, exploring issues of environmental degradation, unsustainable systems of production, and the seemingly inexorable homogenization and corporatization of the world around us. He frequently incorporates references to the history, culture, and traditions of Mexico into his work, making his critique both more specific and more pointed. Barrios is also interested in notions of resistance, in the ways in which the fringe pushes against the mainstream and how small acts of defiance can generate the collective force needed to affect change.
In addition to his work as an artist, Barrios also runs the independent editorial project Ediciones Barrio Boy’z, which he founded in 2012 and in which he publishes his work and collaborations with other artists.