An artist collective, workshop and laboratory of contextual studies, Torolab identifies situations or phenomena of interest for research, basing the studies in the realm of life styles to better grasp the idea of quality of life. The collective was founded in Tijuana in 1995 by Raúl Cárdenas Osuna.
Born in 1969 in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Cárdenas Osuna holds a degree in architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California in San Diego. He has taught at CENTRO in Mexico City and the Universidad Iberoamericana’s School of Architecture in Tijuana in Mexico, as well as at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts in the US and University of Rennes 2 in France. The collective's work has been shown at various venues, including MoMA, New York City, the Museum of Modern Art of Louisiana in Denmark, Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, LA(X)ART, Los Angeles, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Sydney, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC, Havana Biennial, Liverpool Biennial, Beijing 2004 Biennial of Architecture, Mercosur Biennale, Brazil, and Lyon Biennale, France.
A socially engaged artist collective that brings together a consortium of artists, architects, and designers, Torolab seeks to examine and elevate the quality of life for residents of Tijuana and the trans-border region. Focusing on the proposition instead of protest, they aim to establish deep relationships between people, ideas, and equipment for life.
Featured image: Torolab - Programa I: Bloques cambio de conversación, 2014 (detail). MDF pigmentado. 18 × 53 × 36 in. 45.7 × 134.6 × 91.4 cm. Edition of 3 + 2AP. This is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Galería OMR