Jhafis Quintero lives and works in Verona (Italy). In tandem with his art practice, which began in the 90s, he has been working at TEOR/éTica since he played an active role in the Estrecho Dudoso mega-project by managing the Kiosk space in the Central Park Costa RIca.
He is currently in charge of the library and of attending to and orienting visitors. He formed part of the Al Margen workshop, conducted at the La Reforma Penitentiary in Costa Rica. While in prison he took part in national art contests and exhibitions in San José with pieces that were awarded honorary mentions. On regaining his freedom in 2002, he alternated between working as a restaurant waiter and his art practice, then went on to pursue studies in audiovisual production at the National Learning Institute.
His prison experience plays a leading role in his work, both collective and individual. His first piece from this period, in dubia tempora (2005), carried out collectively with writer María Montero, has been widely exhibited as an artist’s coffee-table book with images of objects and instruments made using forbidden or waste materials from Costa Rican jails. Obsessively refined, polished and elegant and accompanied by intelligent, ironic texts, the images approach the subject in an unexpected, original way, while playing on the language of criminal causes.
There is a peculiar perception of the passing of time and its implications for a body immersed in that particular time frame, a question of physical and mental limits, and a constant reflection on death that glides over the lives of inmates and the Egresados (the Leavers), the title of another 2007 work, a photo montage that commemorates disappeared fellow inmates in an urban landscape consisting of mausoleums in the General Cemetery.
His art practice thus stems from his personal experiences in the world of incarceration, silence, insecurity, but also imagination and creativity directed at finding means of survival. He is able to create lucidly escapist structures while constantly maintaining an ironic and even humorous outlook that prevents him from lapsing into misery and self-pity.
The compendium Máximas de seguridad (Security maxims, 2007) consists of a series of drawings that make up an instruction manual to survive and gain respect in prison, which he distributed at various penitentiaries on visiting days. Quintero is currently working on several audiovisual pieces, a series of 10 videos, a video for each year he was in prison
CV - Jhafis Quintero
2015 Reforma. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2014 Cambalache. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2014 Ten years in jail. Analix forever Gallery. Genéve, Switzerland.
2013 Sobreviviendo. Diablo Rosso Gallery. Panama
2011 La ley es dura pero es la ley. Galería Despacio Federico Herrero, San José, Costa Rica
2009 El santo del tren. Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica
2008 Egresados. Máximas de seguridad, Hágalo usted mismo, Instituto Panamense de Arte, Curitiba, Brasil
2007 In Dubia Tempora, project of documentary photography, texts and catalogs. San José, Costa Rica
2006 In Dubia Tempora. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panama
2006 La vida es corta pero puede ser larga mientras dura. Festival Internacional de las Artes, San José, Costa Rica
2004 In Dubia Tempora. Centro Cultural Español, San José, Costa Rica
2016 La sens de la peine. La Terrase. Espace d’art de Nanterre. Nanterre, France.
2015 Babel. Terminal, San José, Costa Rica.
2014 La Belle Échappée. Centre d'Art Contemporain Les Châteaus de la Drôme. Montélimar, France.
2014 La Vietnamita. Espacio OTR. Madrid, Spain.
2013 Move Movie - Danse et arts plastiques. Centre-plastiques Yverdon-les-bains, Genéve
2013 Six videoworks from six international private collections. Art and Science Videoinsight® Foundation Turin
2013 Miradas insobornables miradas en presente continuo. Hotel de imigrantes Buenos Aires Argentina
2013 Colección Madc. Aproximaciones Al Espacio. Centro Nacional de la Cultura, San José, Costa Rica.
2013 Biennale di Venezia - 55th International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
2013 La hora garrobo. LOOP - The Video Art Fair
2013 We only exist when we communicate. La nuit européenne des musées. Chateau des Adhémar, Montélimar, France.
2013 Ressucita-me, Museu Bispo do Rosario, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2013 Octava Bienal De Artes Visuales Del Istmo Centroamericano. BAVIC, Panama City, Panama.
2013 Public enemy, Magda Danysz gallery, Paris, France
2013 Art Paris
2012 Extra muros. Bienal Centroamericana, Panama
2012 Los del Patio. Panama.
2012 Reflexiones de emancipación. Galería Metropolitana, Santiago, Chile
2012 Caribbean: Cross Roads of the World. Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
2012 Who More Sci-Fi Than Us, contemporary art from the Caribbean. Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Nederlands.
2010 Agenda. Rijksakademie OPEN,Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam,The Nederlands
2010 Utrópicos. XXXI Bienal de Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain
2010 Máximas de seguridad, El Contrato del Dibujante. Open Studio of Carlos Garaicoa, Madrid, Spain
2008 Lúdico / Mordaz. Centro Nacional de la Cultura, San José, Costa Rica.
2007 La ruleta de las potencias, El gusto es mío. Bienarte VI, San José, Costa Rica
2007 Estrecho dudoso. Teorética, San José, Costa Rica
2007 4ª Mostra VentoSul. Instituto Paranaense de Arte, Curitiba
2014 Artissima. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Turin, Italy.
2014 Swab Fair. Analix Forever Gallery. Turin, Italy.
2013 LOOP. Barcelona, Spain.
2010 - 2011 Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, The Nederlands
CNAP (Centre Nacional des artes plastiques), France
Museu Dragao do Mar, Brasil
Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, Costa Rica
Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
Borusan Contemporary Art Collection