Ivan Navarro (born 1972 in Santiago, Chile) is currently based out of Brooklyn. He is internationally known for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. In 2009 he represented Chile at the 53rd the Venice Biennale.
This volume presents Navarro's project for the Chilean pavilion at the Venice Biennale. During the past decade, Navarro has become known for remaking Modernist furniture using neon tubes that carry a high-voltage threat, to suggest a range of political concerns, prompted by his Pinochet-era youth in Chile and by U.S. death penalty laws. This element of illusion and the parallelism between humanity and electricity, in its industrial and fluorescent expression, are constant features in Navarro’s artistic journey.