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Miguel Angel Escobar

Miguel Angel Escobar (°1992) lives and works in Bruges.


Bending Granite (2020)

two-channel video projection (10min 08sec loop)

This two-channel video opens up a space contained in a statue of a scared lion placed in Warandepark, in Brussels. While a camera wanders in a photogrammetry model of the statue, a voice-over describes it, identifying places and relations in a speculative manner. Features of a beast, a statue, and a mineral seem to juxtapose on the same fragile object. Although the statue remains motionless, it could be seen as transforming into something else every time the voice-over describes it differently.

In my artistic practice I transform visual elements to recognize references that seem strange despite being their own. Often my works create situations in which concepts of what belongs to, what is known and what is familiar, are turned into something strange, unknown and uncanny, aiming to provoke questions related to alterity. My videos and video-installations, often follow processes of deconstruction in which references, meanings and symbolic values are articulated, pointing out and provoking tensions in them. 

Miguel Escobar was born in Cali, Colombia in 1992. In 2017 received his Bachelor’s in Plastic Arts at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas, in Cali, Colombia with a meritorious mention. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in Colombia and group shows in Argentina, Russia and Belgium.

Solo shows (selection)                                                                                        
2018 '186 expectations - crowd portraits' (186 expectativas - retratos de muchedumbre) – Galería Jenny Vilá, Cali, Colombia.
2018 'Untitled 2 -Crowd portraits Series', Lugar a Dudas Showroom (La Vitrina, Lugar a Dudas), Cali, Colombia.

Collective shows (selection)                                                                          
2020 'Loops.Expanded', Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporanea do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal.

2020 'Unlocked', LUCA School of Arts, Brussels, Belgium.

2020 'Try-out Gallery Eva Maria Bouillon and Miguel Escobar', De Tank, Bruges, Belgium.                        

2019 'Falsas Realidades : Lugares de la Ficción', Galería Doce cero cero Bogota, Colombia

2019 'Overlooked by Screens', De kriekelaar, Brussels, Belgium.

2019 'A quick lift of a hat, a cat, a rat and finally a person', North Station, Brussels Belgium.