Bio & Art Statement


Alejandro Salgado Cendales is a contemporary artist who combines community-based work with his studio practice and research. This condition and his diverse cultural backgrounds (as Colombian, he developed a hybrid identity shaped by the intersection of Western knowledge with indigenous, African and popular knowledges) have been transforming his understanding of culture, economy, and politics, and their intrinsic relationship. He got a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2013) and a Master in Fine Art (MFA) at Queens College, City University of New York (2017). His work has been shown in Colombia, Canada and United States of America.


Alejandro explores the boundaries of contemporary art through interdisciplinary practices, mixing techniques and methods from other disciplines like anthropology, sociology, and history. He defines his work as research-based and community-based practice. By meeting with different members of the contextual community and using dialogue as an instrument for communication and aesthetic research, his projects evolve in collaboration with the participants. Through a process of negotiation and discussion, the boundaries between the artist and the audience get blurred, transforming art practice into a collective and democratic action.

Salgado explores the relationship between power and knowledge. Is knowledge neutral? What is the relationship between science and truth? Do social sciences produce objective knowledge? Do institutions represent the entire social body? Or do they represent a particular gender, sexual normativity, social class, ethnicity, and race? Can art be political? What is the relationship between art and social justice? His role as an artist has been shifting from a creator to a social architect, bridging the gap between institutions and marginalized communities. Hence, he approaches his practice from multidisciplinary discourses and mediums (performance, video installations, video documentation, painting, installation, and text), facilitating dialogues between academic, institutional, and local subjugated knowledges.