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Exhibition: “3” by Dani Umpi

Inviting a prominent artistic personality from a little known side of the world to an urban intervention such as antipodes café DEG15 and moreover to a context with a spoiled timorous contemporary art scene, was with no doubts a challenge. But a nice one to go throughout and keep exploring boundaries of the doing with the whole context. Precisely, if an Uruguayan –born in Tacuarembó during times of the Operation Condor; raised in a Catholic family dedicated to ecumenical activities; passing through Jesuit school, and arrived to Montevideo to study art in the middle of the 90s’ without any economical support but the opposite– could achieve all that so far Daniel Umpierrez has done from early times at the pathfinder “movimiento sexi” (artistic group he formed with the megalomaniac Martin Sastre), to his prolific and multifaceted career build from his alter ego “Dani Umpi” –which is a writer, singer/performer and visual artist–, there is still hope for every child growing up between safety boxes.

The first solo show of Dani Umpi in Norway attempts to introduce the colourful artist with a measured intensity, presenting multifarious works related to those three main areas of work with an specific narrative. From city to the frame and from it to the wall and then to the space. From those static lights, reading corner and internet television to a lift as a temporary stage in the city under construction.

The exhibition was mounted in several open-door days with the artist, who also participated in the gathering “Kaffe med…Dani“, and it counted with a homemade catalogue including rests from collages in its cover and printed on demand (±1.000 copies)

Open Virtual tour


“In the beginning there was performance, and then everything else. This principle not only applies to 20th century avant-garde performers, but also to promiscuous, pagan symbolists like Dani Umpi.

In a rare synthesis, Dani Umpi engenders characters with an approach analogous to Cindy Sherman, explores the conceptual-sensorial participation of the audience in the vein of Lygia Clark, while scrutinizing the mainstream, folk, and avant-garde world in a manner akin to Helio Oiticica.

Dani’s world is a Tropical Neo-Concrete repertoire amalgamated by a glitzy conceptualist. Dani is not only a popular iconographer, but also aspires to become a “mainstream experimentalist”, an oxymoronic, genetic crossover between Yoko Ono, and Cris Morena.

Dani’s work encompasses collage, cabaret, music, literature, and visual art which modulate between the culture industry, and popular culture. The manufacture of a pop-star persona has enable Dani Umpi to compose songs, while melodramatic procedures sets a framework for writing novels that most certainly will share book shelves with authors such as Manuel Puig and Hebe Uhart.

Dani’s poetic sensibilities have enable him to style paintings and installations out of paper, which become interwoven on stage through a kaleidoscopic turmoil to form his onstage costumes, and scenography. His books, which serve as the basis of his songs, deal with subject matters such as love, friendship, and the ridicule.

Dani Umpi overflows with pop-culture references, geometric motifs, archetypes, and esoteric symbolism. Dani’s process deconstructs the ideological discourse while replacing it with chromatic scales, and random speech patterns.

Dani Umpi transmutes the cut and sew of his costumes from the inane discourse present in glossy magazines further devoiding them of both shape, and meaning. The easiest way to categorise Dani’s universe is within the realm of pop, even though; he is without a doubt a romantic revivalist of glam-trash, pastiche, and carioca. Truly a Duchamp of artistic self-help.”

Syd Krochmalny, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016
[Artist and writer. He is involved in the Center for Artistic Investigation and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Argentinian Research Council CONICET at the Institute of the Theory and History of Art Julio Payró in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at the University of Buenos Aires. (more)]



Presentation 2016 Collage 69 x 49 cm, curved white frame, acrylic (made in antipodes café DEG 15)

Shiny dead 2016 Collage Dyptich 70 x 38 cm, squared white frames, glass (made in antipodes café DEG 15)

Cones 2016 Collage/Installation Dyptich 65 x 65 cm, squared white frames, glass (made in antipodes café DEG 15)
Shelf (150 x 15 cm) with hundreds of cones.

Untitled 2o16 Site specific collage 240 x 445 cm. 

Videos 2008-2016 Installation Videos of Dani Umpi currently on Youtube -selection by the author-

Parangolés rígidos 2008 Collage Installation

Parangolés rígidos 2016 Collage Installation in the storefront window “Utstillingsvindu”. Parangoles used as attire during his performance the day before opening the show, in the second Concert for machines that took part of antipodes café DEG15 (2016.06.25)

Books 2008-2016 Publications & Albums. Selection of text by Dani Umpi belonging to antipodes cafés Bookshelf.


Born in Tacuarembó, Uruguay, 1974.
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

SOLO SHOWS (Selected)
2014 Dani Umpi Galerie Xippas Paris, France
2014 Dani Umpi Xippas Arte Contemporáneo Punta del Este, Uruguay
2013 Informática Xippas Arte Contemporáneo Montevideo, Uruguay
2011 La evolución del ser Galería Soa Montevideo, Uruguay
2011 Eterna Galería Daniel Abate Bs. As., Argentina
2010 Todo Incluido Galería Jacob Karpio San José, Costa Rica
2010 Nem Luxo, Nem Lixo Galería OZ Bs. As., Argentina
2009 Superbacana MEC – Plataforma Montevideo, Uruguay
GROUP SHOWS (Selected)
2012 El Gran Sur First Biennial of Montevideo Montevideo, Uruguay
2010 Sao Paulo Biennial SP, Brazil
2013 Un poquito tarada Novel Editions Planeta, Argentina
2011 El vestido de mamá children’s book (illustrations: Rodrigo Moraes) Editions Criatura, Argentina
2010 La vueltita ridícula Poems (selection) Editions Vestales, Argentina
2010 Niño rico con problemas fairy tales Editions La Propia Cartonera, Argentina
2006 Sólo te quiero como amigo Novel Editions Interzona, Argentina
Editions Estruendomudo, Perú
2004 Miss Tacuarembó Novel (Movie based in this book) Editions Interzona, Argentina
2003 Aún soltera Novel Editions Eloisa Cartonera, Argentina
Editions Mansalva, México
2014 A Rainha da Beleza (with Gustavo Bitencourt) Itaú Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil
2014 Parangolés rígidos MALBA Bs. As., Argentina
2014 Parangolés rígidos Casa de la Cultura Mario Quintana Porto Alegre, Brazil
2014 Piano Yoo Punta del Este, Uruguay
2012 Marta, la musical (author and director) Teatro Argentino de La Plata La Plata, Argentina
2012 Dani Umpi Piano First Biennial of Montevideo Montevideo, Uruguay
2010 FODA Sao Paulo Biennial SP, Brazil
2009 Nena, no robarás, (author and composer –with Javier Vaz Martins–) Centro Cultural Rojas Bs. As., Argentina
2017 Rosario Bléfari y Dani Umpi en Casa Brandon Contrapedal Uruguay
2016 Lechiguana Contrapedal Uruguay
2016  More Maxo -Remixes Mormazo-  Contrapedal Uruguay
2015 Piano Vol. II (with Álvaro Sánchez) Contrapedal Uruguay
2014 Piano Vol. I (with Álvaro Sánchez) Contrapedal Uruguay
2013 Hijo único (with Sofía Oportot and Ignacio Redard) Chile
2011 Mormazo Contrapedal
EMI Music / Crack
2009 Dramática (with Adrián Soiza) Contrapedal
Los Años Luz
2005 Perfecto Contrapedal
EMI – Labels
2016 La Yuta Lechiguana by Emilio Bianchic
2013 Sambayón Mormazo by Fredo Landaveri
2013 Mi charles Manson Mormazo by Tin Tan
2012 Tan Divertida (w/Dios del Pop) by Dita Deren
2012 Johnny Depp/Deep (w/Portadores de Hip Hop) Polémico by Superio
2011 Tres Pasos feat. Marabish Mormazo by Luciano Demarco
2011 ¿Qué diría tu madre? (w/Denise Murz) Gran conquista by Bárbara Vespa & Agustin Ratti
2009 Killer Dramática by Martín Rivero & Matías Paparamborda
2009 California (el cielo existe) Perfecto by Gustavo Marras
2008 Dark room Perfecto by Matías y Agustín Ferrando
2007 Atracción Perfecto by Oliver Garland
2006 Nueva Generación Perfecto by Matías y Agustín Ferrando
2006 Atracción Perfecto Juan Iervolino & Martín Irrutia
2006 No hay cómplices Perfecto Silvia Giusto
2016 Tres Pasos (Sexydance remix) Concert for machines #2: Dani Umpi, antipodes café DEG15, Oslo, Norway. antipodes café + Borowiak Photography
2010 Como eu quero Hágalo Usted Mismo, Itinerant BBQ, Montevideo, Uruguay (1 shot) By Felipe Ridao for sonidoambiente TV, Argentina.
2011 California (poem by Esteban García) Album: Perfecto. Recorded in Helsinki and named “desires” (1 shot) By Felipe Ridao


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