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Mario Ybarra Jr. Presents Two Installations at Galerie Michael Janssen

BERLIN.- Galerie Michael Janssen presents a selection of Mario Ybarra Jr.’s recent works. In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, the American artist will be presenting two installations. Born in Los Angeles in 1973 and a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Ybarra’s biography is key to understanding his work, which draws attention to forms of culture on the fringe of the mainstream revealing hidden histories within their contexts. His Mexican roots permeate his engagement with the phenomena of contemporary art, street culture and social reality. Mario Ybarra Jr. was brought up in Wilmington near the Los Angeles harbor, where he still lives and works. At a young age he became familiar with the political actions of the dockworkers and their aesthetic sensibility. He belongs to a new generation of artists of Mexican-American descent, who do not reject their identity and origin against a bac