Rafael Pérez Evans. Spanish – Welsh (b. Málaga 1983)
Lives and works in London & Barcelona. He received a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University. His work has been exhibited internationally with recent exhibitions including solo at Nogueras Blanchard (Barcelona), Queens C. (Marrakesh) & Abierto Theredoom (Madrid), two man shows at Despina (Rio de Janeiro) and Yusto Giner Gallery (Marbella), group exhibitions at Matadero (Madrid), Museum of Modern Art Karlsruhe (Germany) and Hangar (Barcelona). He will take part in New Contemporaries 2019 and was nominated for the DKV prize 2018 (Barcelona), Miquel Casablancas Award (2017 & 2018), Art Nou Prize 2017 (Barcelona), was selected as part of ‘A Secas’ from C.A.A.C Museum (Seville). He has completed residencies in Hangar (Barcelona), Matadero (Madrid), Red Studios (São Paulo) & Sassafrass (USA). 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 is part of the Gazua Project (Rio de Janeiro). He has been a visiting lecturer at University of Rochester (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK) and is currently an associate lecturer at London College of Fashion (UK).
Perez Evans digests, expels and conjures stories, turning the figure of the ethnographer upside down where the object of study is never an other but always oneself. He produces sculptures and installations that disorientate, make dirty and fuzzy some of the spells and predictions laid out in the metropolis. Moving in between contemporary and historical trade, he is looking at the periphery and the rural as constructed sites of shame, exploring some of these complexities through an insisting on being with difference rather than seeking to equalise it, working against a veneer of easy conviviality by recognising inevitable conflict, violence and discomfort. Sometimes tragic other times humorous, he at times plays with audience participation whilst using and charging food-like ingredients such as sugar, rum and root vegetables which are assembled, intervened and performed. Other times he works through his personal bestiary, where certain animals and their stories are reintroduced into the exhibition space live or through rumor, Perez Evans is driven to conjure instances that softly barricade, collating fragile objects, gestures and stories that protect an alterity.