Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas (b. Oaxaca, xico) is an artist and researcher. His work centers around notions of fertility, toxicity, desire; and materializes how these contradict but also build each other. Ramón has received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from the Critical Inquiry Lab, a master's program at the Design Academy Eindhoven. His thesis “Promiscuous Kinship” inquired biological reproduction at personal and levels, asking what are the socio-political reasons and consequences of having, desiring, or choosing not to have children?
        His work Mending Wall is currently on view at MAK Vienna as part o
f their Design Lab. The project is a series of eight grappling hooks, each designed to overcome one of the eight border-wall-prototypes placed in San Diego, CA. Since then, the wall sections have been destroyed, transforming each object into a memory of the political spectacle that propelled them into existence.

In the first person:

My current research is into notions of fertility, kinship, and desire. Where the familiar, that which feels local or proximate to the body, is seen as a matrix of possibilities. I am interested in the porosity of this matrix, how toxic-colonial-apparatuses that existed long before us, infiltrate our desires and possibilities for making kin.

My practice involves personal inquiries that develop into designed objects or installations. It involves a process that shows how the theoretical is personal, and the personal is theoretical. Besides turning to a physical outcome, (more recently) I am reorienting my practice towards the process rather than the final product; stretching my artistic making and materializing research by performing and documenting as I go.