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 Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (Taiwan), Matadero (Madrid), Museum of Modern Art Karlsruhe (Germany) & Hangar (Barcelona). He will take part in New Contemporaries 2019, was nominated for the DKV prize 2018 (Barcelona), Miquel Casablancas Award (2017 & 2018) and was selected as part of ‘A Secas’ from C.A.A.C Museum (Seville). He has completed residencies in C3A (Cordoba), 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).
Pérez Evans installations function as tools for exploring questions around knowledge systems, ethnographies and ideas around progress. Through his inventive use of readymades, live materials and audience participation, Evans plays with the language of magic to conjure, redigest and expel stories back into news circulation. With this occupying a territory where poetic disorientations, can reflect us back ideas around the rural, the leftovers of coloniality and the forces of alterity.