Jorge Mañes Rubio is a sort of sociohistorical alchemist. When he travels, he absorbs what he sees and hears, and uses it as raw material to “reimagine what could be instead.” He graduated in Design Products from the Royal College of Art London in 2010, where he confirmed his indefatigable desire to travel beyond the usual scopes of design. In 2015 he was awarded the S&R Foundation Washington Award and in 2018 he became a TED Senior Fellow. He’s also member of the Advanced Concepts Team at the European Space Agency. As an artist Rubio has been a guest lecturer at several international conferences and his work is regularly exhibited in galleries, museums and art centres worldwide such as National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, V&A London, Royal Academy of Arts London, Design Museum London, Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts Lausanne, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and Power Station of Art Shanghai.
“I strongly believe that by reimagining the unseen or forgotten around us, we can build alternative worlds, and in this utopian process we will manage to see beyond our own limitations and articulate new social scenarios. Only when we dare to break the boundaries between what’s possible and what’s not, only then the real journey will begin. My practice is a constant pursuit for a deeper spiritual connection with different places and people, a waning presence that I try to emphasize through my work. Such presence comes and goes, but I can definitely feel it occasionally, whether I’m photographing looted churches in the south of Italy, traveling through abandoned cities in western China, dancing with Korean shamans or working with a dispossessed community in India. I want to reinvent the symbolic rituals, artifacts and images that humanity needs to connect on a deeper level. I want to make the invisible visible”