Carmen Argote

Born 1981 in Guadalajara, Mexico
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Carmen Argote’s diverse and multidisciplinary artistic practice is informed by the action of walking, a process that puts the artist’s body into direct scale and relationship with the surrounding city, and allows for the contemplation of ideas including class, consumption, home and place.

Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2020); Clockshop, Los Angeles (2020); Visual Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin (2020); New Museum, New York (2019); PAOS, Guadalajara, Mexico (2019); Ballon Rouge Collective, Istanbul, Turkey (2019) and New York (2018); and Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, Colombia (2018). Argote’s work is held in the collections of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Argote is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles and Instituto de Vision, Bogota.


Last Light2020
digital film
12:00 mins
Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles 

Last Light (2020) was filmed while walking through the artist’s hometown of Los Angeles during the first wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Combining video and still images of a recently evacuated Los Angeles, Last Light captures imagery of a surreal and silent city, devoid of cars, pedestrians and signs of human life. Through an intimate voice-over a narrator reflects on feelings of vulnerability and betrayal, and muses on the future – envisaging a forever changed city in the period ahead.