Visual artist working mainly on film, video, installations and photography. Denegri’s projects generate dialogues between different film and video formats, interpellating them poetically and conceptually and creating a tension of the classical uses of audiovisual technologies.
His photographic production has its origin in analogue cinema, since the artist uses sequences of 16mm or Super 8 film frames to generate still images. The vintage film projectors are protagonists of many of Denegri’s intallations; from
portable family devices to powerful industrial machines that are combined in the production of both kinetic objects and monumental displays where the celluloid comes out of the projector and travels through the space transited by viewer. Sometimes the mechanisms of these equipments are modified to achieve different results than conventional ones. While the use of analog technologies marks a certain singularity in the contemporary scene, Denegri’s work also expands in the fields of video and digital media.
His awards include the Grand Prix from the Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales (Buenos Aires, 2015), First Prize in the Itaú Cultural Award for Visual Arts (Buenos Aires, 2013), Gold Medal for best experimental film from the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival (Belgrade 2012), the Grand Prix from the MAMBA/Fundación Telefónica Competition of Art and New Technologies (Buenos Aires, 2009), the Prize for Best Short Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival (Mar del Plata, 2008), the John Downey Prize from the Santiago Biennial of Video and New Media (Santiago de Chile, 2007), Best Video Art of the Year from the Argentine Association of Art Critics Awards (Buenos Aires, 2006), Golden Impakt Award (Utrecht, 2005), 25fps Award (Zagreb, 2005) and the Leonardo Award–video category (Buenos Aires 2002.)
His latest individual exhibitions include Cine de Exposición [Exhibition Cinema](Fundación OSDE, October 2013–January 2014), Al Interior [To The Provinces] (Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile, October–December 2013), Aurora [Salta Museum of Fine Arts, May–June 2014), Clamor [Clamour] (Recoleta Cultural Centre, August–September 2015), Éramos Esperados [We Were Expected] (1st Biennale of Asunción, Paraguay, October 2015); Instante Bony [Bony Instant] (MacBA, December 2015–March 2016), Mecanismos del Olvido [Mechanisms of Oblivion] (ENERC May–June 2018), Normas protocolares en el tratamiento de la bandera [Protocol rules for the treatment of the fag] (Pabellón 4, July–August 2018), Pantallas Alteradas [Altered screens] (Universidad Di Tella, September–October 2018), Mecanismos del Olvido [Mechanisms of Oblivion] (Colección INELCOM, Madrid, September 2019); Frame by Frame (Plattform, Berlín, November 2019).
His latest group exhibition include Voltaje – Salón de Arte y Tecnología (Bogotá, October 2017), Sublevaciones (Museo de los Inmigrantes, Buenos Aires, Augost 2017), Colección Itaú de Arte Contemporáneo (Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, June 2017), AVXLab Muestra de Auviosual Expandido (CCSP, Sao Pablo, June 2017), Artist: Film International (Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, June 2016), Artist: Film International (Whitechapel Gallery, London, October-November 2016), 1ra Bienal de Asunción (Asunción, October 2015), Canciones para una revolución [Songs for a revolution] (Tabacalera, Madrid, noviembre 2019).
Denegri is a graduate of the Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires. He teaches at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, where he created and directs CONTINENTE, a research and production centre dedicated to supporting and diffusing the audiovisual arts. He is also co-director of the Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (BIM) and guest film and video curator for the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art. He has completed artist residences in Colombia, Serbia, Canada and the USA.
He lives and works in the City of Buenos Aries.