David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo
I was born and grew up in Colombia, where I studied arts. My curriculum as a performance artist began when I left my country, fourteen years ago. That is the reason why I consider myself a deterritorialized artist. My identity and my work play with the role of a person in constant movement and construction. Generally, I use food, everyday actions and sound as the main material for my performances, and I prioritize the interactions that happen in the process of doing small and sometimes repetitive everyday life actions. In my practice as an artist, I usually explore the role of the audience in the construction of the performative experience.
My work has been presented in several places, including the Colombian performance art Biennale, in Bogotá, Colombia. Viva art Action in Montreal, Canada and most recently in the Danish National Art Gallery where we developed a sound performance in collaboration with the Italian musician Gianluca Elia.
As curator of performance art, I prioritize migrant and emergent artists. Since 2017 I organize and curate a yearly festival in Copenhagen, called Body Landscapes and I have been part of the curatorial team of Nordic Action in The Faroe Islands, Svalbard, Åland and Sweden. During the last year, most of my activities have been forced to move online, therefore I am exploring the relation between artists and audiences under these new circumstances.
Performance: Personal conflict
If you come from a troubled ( violent ) country like Colombia, you have a special view on migration. At some point, you find yourself studying the gap between your old environment and the new privileged place that you live in. Being part of a diaspora allowed you to see the conflicts of your hometown from a rational distance. This make me consider how performance art actions and relational aesthetics can be tools for exploring the way we experience distant wars and conflicts. In this relational performance, I invite the audience to accompany me in a visual exploration of our memories of conflicts.