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Rafael Esparza


Rafael EsparzaArtist’s Statement

Woven into my bodies of work are my interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship. I am inspired by my own relationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that come forth as a result. I am persistent in attempting to inhabit a time and space inaccessible to me. Using live performance as my main form of inquiry; site specificity, materiality, memory and (non)documentation become primary tools in interrogating, critiquing and examining ideologies, power structures and binaries that problematize the “survival” process of historicized narratives and the environments wherein people are left to navigate and socialize.

I’ve initiated performance as a site where I can interrogate cultural rituals and ceremonies by “re-performing” creation stories and injecting my body into them thus creating a space for myself but ultimately to imagine queer alternative stories I find pertinent to my own understanding of identity.

In my current work I’m looking towards Los Angeles’ public spaces as similar sites with an outward bend where my imagined psychic space meshes with that of the site and the notions, myths, and histories that surround it.

Biography

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Rafa Esparza. they spent their time doing nothing. they let intimacy
fuse them
. Vincent Price Art Museum. East Los Angeles, California

2014
no water under the bridge.
Under 4th St Viaduct. East Los Angeles, California

2013
el hoyo. Human Resources, Los Angeles, California

2012
STILL. Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California
Group Exhibitions

2013
MexiCali Biennial 2013. Cannibalism in the New World.
Collaborator: Dino Dinco. Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles,
California

2013
Confusion is Sex 3. Collaborator Dorian Wood. Sepulveda Basin, Los Angeles, California

2013
Perform Chinatown.
With Sebastian Hernandez. Los Angeles, California

Fellowships/ Awards

2010
Aubrey Penny Undergraduate Scholarship, UCLA, Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION

B.A. 2011
School of Art and Architecture, University of California Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA

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