Sabot, Cluj Napoca
Pepo Salazar was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain in 1972 and currently lives and works in Paris, France.
The Spanish artist’s multimedia work is characterized by an experimental and rebellious attitude and bears the influence of punk culture and its iconoclastic imagery. He works with various media, including installations, assemblages, soundscapes, collages, and performances, combining photographs, videos, installations, and objects in his creations, manipulating the meaning of representation in order to introduce a critical viewpoint on social phenomena, the influence of mass media and consumer culture. Working with various materials, he creates spaces filled with contents in which numerous layers of information overlap. The artist consciously uses this method to create confusion. In many of his works, he processes linguistic systems inspired by contemporary philosophy. Salazar describes his works not in terms of meaning, but of sense. His style is less defined by its form than by its attitude: an anti-aesthetic, radical directness. Salazar is one of the three artists that curator Martí Manen has selected for the exhibition in the Spanish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).