Christian Salablanca Díaz Artist
Christian Salablanca is a graduate of the sculpture department of the School of Art and Visual Communication of the National University of Costa Rica. He has undertaken residencies at Pivô Pesquisa (São Paulo, Brazil), Sagrada Mercancía (Santiago, Chile), Cráter Invertido (Mexico City, Mexico), Kiosko Galería (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia), Despacio (San José, Costa Rica), and Espira La Espora (Managua, Nicaragua). His artistic research is focused on the phenomena of violence and the different ways in which it produces, determines, and conditions historical, social, and political subjects. His production methods function as affective encounters and are concerned with territories and populations in Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Salablanca’s interdisciplinary works attempt to create a radical reflection on the cultural relations of violent systems: from the human to the animal, from the word to symbolic memory, and from the centres of power to the periphery. He has had solo exhibitions at Sagrada Mercancía (Santiago, Chile), and Kiosko Galería, both 2019; FLORA ars+natura and Valenzuela Klenner Galería (Bogotá, Columbia), 2018; and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (San José, Costa Rica), 2014. He has participated in groups shows at Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz (Berlin, Germany), Biquini Wax (Mexico City, Mexico), TEOR/ética (San José, Costa Rica), Gasworks (London, UK), Sagrada Mercancía (Santiago, Chile), Espacio Odeón (Bogotá), Museo de arte Moderno de Medellín (Medellín, Colombia), Centro Cultural de España (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), Galería T20 (Murcia, Spain), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito (Quito, Ecuador), and the Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade (São Paulo, Brazil), among other venues. In 2016 he exhibited at the X Bienal Centroamericana (San José and Puerto Limón, Costa Rica) and at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Buenos Aires, Argentina) as part of BIENALSUR 2019.
Image credits: Courtesy of the artist