‘Slow Violence’, late 2018
Glacial paintings (booklet) 55 x 38 cm and Photograph A2
Miguel Sbastida is a visual artist based in Madrid (Spain) who researches nature-culture ecologies with a
particular emphasis on geological phenomena and climate breakdown. His recent body of works include
installations, video and site-specific performances that challenge our perception of the traditional
boundaries separating the geological realm from the body; in which he makes use of contemporary
philosophical thoughts on vital materialism, post-humanist world-views, systems theory, and scientific
evidence to create speculative arrangements and conceptual platforms for contingency, empathy and belonging.
Miguel graduated from an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015-17), with the full support of a scholarship from La Caixa Foundation; where he was nominated for the Dedalus Foundation awards in Sculpture. He completed a BFA at Universidad Complutense of Madrid (2007-12) after his fellow BFA studies in Holland (2010-11) and Canada (2012).
He has been awarded with several prizes and grants, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Professional Development Award, Asia Culture Center Korea Residency Grant, Emerging Illinois Artists, Circuitos de Artes Plásticas, Oneminutes Film Festival Art Amsterdam, Encuentros de Arte Contemporáneo, BilbaoArte Foundation grant, Incubarte VI, 3Piedras Foundation grant, or Madrid’s Production Art Funds/Ayudas a la Producción; among others.
Sbastida has participated in symposiums like Climate-Truth-Now Chicago, and directed artistic workshops in relation to the Anthropocene. During the last few years, his works have been exhibited internationally at venues like the Zhou B Art Center Chicago, ARCO Madrid, Korea Foundation Gallery Seoul, Expo Chicago, CDAN Museum, Museo Centre del Carme, Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, MUA Museum, CEART, Chicago Sullivan Galleries, Galería Álvaro Alcázar, Davis Museum, IFCO Film Art Center Ottawa, Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, JustMad, BilbaoArte Foundation, and the Netherlands Institute for Media Art among others.
His performance and book Walk Like a Glacier has been featured in Antennae-The Journal for Nature in Visual Culture, and has been widely acquired by institutions in the United States; including the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, Yale University Haas Collection, Harvard University Special Collection, UCSD Geisel Library Collection, and the Museum of Modern Art Franklin Furnace Artists’ book collection among others.
Miguel is represented by Galería Álvaro Alcázar in Madrid (Spain). He lives and works there and beyond.
About the work:
“Slow Violence” is a site-responsive intervention in which a glacier documents its own extinction. By strategically placing blue-tinted sheets of paper underneath meting areas of the glacier, the ice
mapped its slow but steady disappearance. The unstopping, yet constant dripping of meltwater slowly
washed away the blue pigment (a nontoxic water-based ink); creating images that are not only made
by the agency of the glacier in itself, but which contain its own history.
Social Media: @mbastida