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Carlos/Ishikawa now represent Manuel Solano

Manuel Solano, portrait by Mike D’hondt

Carlos/Ishikawa now represent Manuel Solano. Manuel Solano (b. 1987 in Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works in Berlin, in contrast to their past work—videos and internet-based art rooted in issues of oversharing and the manipulation of identity—Manuel Solano has worked almost exclusively with paint on paper in recent years. After losing their sight to an HIV-related bacterial infection, Solano began painting as a distraction from the pain, allowing the activity to become a form of release and temporary escape. Solano’s paintings are centred on his identity as a transgender person living with HIV, often addressing memories, identity, and the artist’s past as a means of making sense of the present. Their text-based works and portraits, which are made with inexpensive paints and paper, reflect the necessity of his art-making and contain references with deep personal meanings.


I Still Look Like A Model Opens on Wednesday 9th February, Private View 6–8pm.
Exhibition runs 10th February – 12th March 2022 Carlos/Ishikawa



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