Spanish – Welsh Artist (b.1983) Málaga.
Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Rafael received a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University, London UK. Currently completing a two years residency at Hangar Barcelona.
Pérez Evans´s work seeks to excavate and unearth lost histories, stories, rumours, and reconfigures them into installations. The stories uncovered generally deal with the violent aftermath of colonialism and the lingering complexities evident in the land, in compromised labor relations, and in scarcity of resources. In many cases they also highlight the queered body and its relationship to power, morality and persecution. He observes ritual and witchcraft practices that engage audiences in affective digestions of knowledge and as an expanded place where to observe exchanges, narrative disseminations and where communities engage in intergenerational knowledge transfer.
While his ‘diggings’ are initially grounded with historical accuracy, through the process of moving them from researched story into artwork he seeks to complicate the definitive binary between fact and fiction and regularly blurs the source material, thereby challenging the epistemological hierarchy that privileges history written by those in power over history recollected through stories and rumors passed between those who are oppressed.
He researches using a myriad of techniques ranging from site-specific ethnographic tactics like fieldwork, interviews, and material excavations to secondary material like books, newspapers, found images and film. Many of his works are activated by audience participation and provide a charged moment of encounter between the viewer and the historical tableaux he re-articulates, making audible a voice that was otherwise silenced.
Pérez Evans has exhibited internationally with recent exhibitions including solo at Nogueras Blanchard (Barcelona), Abierto Theredoom (Madrid), Despina (Rio de Janeiro), Yusto Giner Gallery (Marbella), Paratext, Hangar (Barcelona). He was recently nominated for the Miquel Casablancas Award, Art Nou Prize 2017 (Barcelona) and ‘A Secas’ Museo C.A.A.C (Sevilla). He is a resident of Hangar Barcelona, has also completed residencies in Red Studios (São Paulo) & Sassafrass (USA) and is part of the Gazua Project (Rio de Janeiro). Rafael has an interest in expanded pedagogies where formal and informal platforms for knowledge exchange are created and disseminated, he created Alto Residency in the jungle of Alto Paraiso (Brazil), was co-founder of Art Lab Romita 26 (Mexico City) and has been been a visiting lecturer at University of Rochester (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK) & London College of Fashion (UK).
b. 1983 Málaga, Spain
2010 BA. Fine Art and Critical Contextual Studies. Goldsmiths University, London. UK
Nogueras Blanchard Gallery. Barcelona. “Pavo Realengo”
Abierto, Theredoom Gallery. Madrid. “Pararrayo”
Huber Gallery. Malaga. Spain. “Anticiclon”
Huber Gallery. Malaga. Spain. “Cuspid River”
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Hangar, Paratext. Barcelona. “Operación Free Lemon”
Abierto Theredoom. Madrid. “Pararrayo”
Lekka & Perikleous/Stoa Zerbini, Athens, Curated by Maria Georgoula. “God & Sausages”
Super Simetrica. Madrid. Curated by Maykson Cardoso. “Hecha la ley hecha la trampa”
Encura. Barcelona. Curated by Jaime González & Manuela Pédron. “Chem Trails”
Comensais #1. Rio de Janeiro. Curated by Maykson Cardoso.“Caldo de Cana II”
Hangar. Barcelona. Polivalents N:9. “Rum for Ashes”
Sociedad Economica de amigos del País. Málaga. Cervantes, Shakespeare: Ilustrados “Agujero Tilaka”
Largo das Artes. Rio de Janeiro. Two man show, curated by Bernado Jose de Sousa.”Luz Negra”
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Fernando Centeno López. Genaguacil. “Retratos intimos”
Les Urbaines. Lausanne. “Bubbles”
Red Studios. São Paulo. “Camelodromo”
Red Studios. São Paulo. “Saoobjects”
Vogue Fabrics. London. “Bubbles”
Nando Argueles Gallery. Sotogrande. Cadiz. Spain. “Why Not”
Centro Coreográfico da Rio. Rio de Janeiro. Brasil. “Cross Over”
Roodkapje. Rotterdam. Netherlands. “Sweat”
Colectivo Imagen. Fuengirola. Málaga. Spain. “Infinite Scroll”
Nando Argueles Gallery. Sotogrande. Cadiz. Spain. “Futuribles”
Yusto Giner Gallery Marbella. Spain.”Relocating Landscape”
Factoria de Arte y desarrollo. Madrid.”Cruce de Miradas”
The catacombs. London. Uk. “Modern Panic”
New York. USA. Curated by Carlos Motta.”Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public”
Dublin Ireland UK. “Artisit”
Sassafrass, Tennessee USA. “Escape From Freedom”
Goldsmiths University. London UK. “Summer Graduates show”
Awards & Presentations:
Shortlisted for Miquel Casablancas Prize for Visual Art. Sant Andreu Contemporary. Barcelona. 2017.
Shortlisted for Art Nou Prize. Barcelona. 2017.
‘A Secas’ Artistas Andaluces de Ahora. C.A.A.C Museum. Sevilla. 2017.
Conference Artists Encura. Arco. Madrid. 2017.
El Ranchito Matadero. Madrid. 2018 (upcoming)
Queens Collective. Marrakech. 2018 (upcoming)
Hangar, Barcelona. 2016-2018
Despina (Studio). Rio de Janeiro. 2015
Red Studios. São Paulo. 2014
Alto Residency. Alto Paraiso. Brasil. 2013-2014 (Director)
Romita 26, (project space) Mexico City. 2011 (Co-director)
Sassafras Arts Residency, Tennessee. USA. 2010
Screenings Film Festivals:
Official Selecction. Lesgai Film Festival. Madrid. Spain
Official Selection. Outfest 2014 . Peru
Official Selection. VII Festival Internacional de la Diversidad Sexual (Cine Movilh). Chile
Official Selection. Cine Gay Lésbico Trans de Lima
Official Selection. El lugar sin Limites. Ecuador
Official Selection. Cologne LGBT filmfest. Germany
Official Selection. Skeivefilmer Oslo Film Festival. Norway
Visiting Lecturer. BA Fine Art. Nottingham Trent University. UK
Visiting Lecturer. BA Fashion. Rochester University. Kent. UK
Visiting Lecturer. London College of Fashion. UK