Luis Jacob (born Lima, Peru, 1971) lives in Toronto, Canada. He studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Working as artist, curator, and writer, his research-based practice addresses local memory and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience.
Since his participation in Documenta12 in 2007, he has achieved an international reputation, with solo exhibitions including: In a Material World, WORK, London (2013); A Finger in the Pie, A Foot in the Door, A Leg in Quicksand, Kunsthalle Lingen (2012); Pictures at an Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, and The Eye, The Hole, The Picture, McCord Museum, Montréal (both 2011); Without Persons, Art in General, New York, and Tableaux Vivants, Fonderie Darling, Montréal (both 2010); 7 Pictures of Nothing Repeated Four Times, in Gratitude, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2009); and Habitat, Kunstverein Hamburg (2008).
He has participated in group exhibitions including: Objects Food Rooms, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2015); If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Philadelphia (2014); Visible, Móvil, Vidente, Centro Párraga, Murcia (2013); Taipei Biennial 2012: Modern Monsters / Death and Life in Fiction, Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, and Surplus Authors, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (both 2012); Animism, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and If We Can’t Get It Together, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2008).
He edited the anthology Commerce by Artists (2011) published by Art Metropole, Toronto. In 2015 he co-curated the conference This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto with Barbara Fischer, in collaboration with Kitty Scott.