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Javier Viver is a Spanish sculptor, photographer, designer and photobook publisher (born in 1971 in Madrid) whose work proposes a debate between imagery and iconoclasm as means of appearance of the invisible.
Javier Viver has a PhD in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with the thesis Val del Omar Laboratory (2008), published the same year by Cameo in documentary format. He spent two years doing research at the PLAT Laboratory in Val de Omar before it was finally dismantled and he was commissioned, together with Javier Ortíz-Echagüe, to install it in the Reina Sofía National Museum (2008).
His work debates between imagery and iconoclasm as means of the appearance of the invisible. His work ESpHeM (2001), a fictional company of ephemeral architecture, proposed the use of packaging systems to inhabit the world and was shown internationally at the Reina Sofía National Museum, the Queens Museum of Arts in New York, La Recoleta in Buenos Aires and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, among other museums and galleries.
Recently he published the photobook Révélations (2015) with Editorial RM. It is a new edition of the Iconography of the Hospital de La Salpêtrière in Paris, for which he has received the prize for the best art book of the year, awarded by the Ministry of Culture, the Ars Libris prize in Barcelona at the International Contemporary Publishing Fair. In 2016 he has been nominated for the Best Photobook at the Kassel Photobookfestival and selected for the PhotoEspaña Award for the best photobook 2016. For his photography, he has won the First Prize in Photography at the Madrid City Council Young Creators’ Competition, the 2004 Community of Madrid Plastic Arts Award, the Purificación García Photography Award and the 2002 and 2007 Generation Awards.
In 2002 he was awarded the Botín Foundation grant at Location One, New York; in 2001 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant at the Spanish Academy in Rome and the Círculo de Bellas Artes grant at Hangar in Barcelona. In 2012 he was invited by the Swatch Art Center to live and work in Shanghai.
His work is part of important museums and collections such as the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía in Madrid, Queens Museum of Arts in New York, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Location One Gallery in New York, Fundación Caja Madrid, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Casa de América and La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Fundación Botín in Santander, Swatch Group Collection.