“Harold Mendez is a multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, works with installation, photography, sculpture and text to reference reconstructions of place and identity. His work addresses the relationships between transnational citizenship, memory and possibility, considering how history is not only an affirmed past, but a potential future. His recent work examines how reclaimed objects, makeshift monuments and images reveal a life parallel to conflict, demonstrating both factual evidence and where traces of fiction emerge.
He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois-Chicago, a BFA from Columbia College, and studied at the School of Art and Design, Ghana, West Africa. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art / PS1, New York; the Studio Museum of Harlem, NY; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council grants, four City of Chicago CAAP grants, and the 3Arts Award.”