Veronica Luyo and Alvaro Icaza were born in Lima, Peru (1978, 1982). Both studied at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and then continued their studies at the University of Barcelona. They are especially dedicated to art and media. Veronica Luyo and Alvaro Icaza work together and with other collaborators in projects, which focus on the notions of travel or flux as a trajectory or mobility, and on space – as a place of social-public interactions and as margin or border. During 2010, Álvaro and Veronica shared an atelier at a Residency in ‘CanXalant Centre for Creation and Contemporary Thought’ in Mataró, Barcelona. During the residency, they were selected for the ninth ‘Mostra d´Art Jove’ 2010. Alvaro’s projects have been selected for ‘Injuve’ 2009, ‘Sala d’Art Jove’ 2010 Barcelona and ‘Monica al Carrer’ 2010, among others. Veronica’s projects have been selected for ‘Idensitat #5 Manresa’, ‘Loop’10’ Video art Festival through the ‘Sala d’Art Jove’ de Barcelona, Biennial of Val’s – 2009 Guasch Coranty Prize and she has also received a grant to develop a workshop and residency at ‘Youkobo Art Space’ in Tokyo. In 2011, Alvaro concluded the Grammar of Contemporary Art Postgraduate Course at the University of Barcelona while Veronica completed her studies at the Independent Studies Programme, Critical Theory and Museum Studies at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. Álvaro and Veronica have self-published their artist book: ‘Cubrir una cosa con otra’ (To cover one thing with another), The book contains drawings by Alvaro. The book was recently displayed at ‘Anti Librería’ in Bilbao, the ‘El Arrebato Bookshop’ in Madrid and Public Library ‘Casa de las Conchas’ in Salamanca. In Lima Alvaro and Veronica presented “Explorando el espacio vacío intermedio”, an exhibition that is a collection of their collaboration projects developed during their stay in Spain.
Veronica is a visual artist, publisher and researcher. Her recent work explores the strands of value/valuing, beauty, the legibility of the image, looking and not looking, symbolic objects and actions. For Veronica art produces meaning and knowledge, thus her work is very prolific and it is presented in different platforms (real or virtual). She is interested in exploring art documentation and its preservation.
Susan Thompson is currently in the final year of her BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. She works in a variety of media including photography, canvas, and objects appropriated from the medical/hospital environment.
My work is rooted in process-centered intuitive methods. I work with paint, objects and text. My work is object and narrative based. Story telling around the objects I find, allows me to be both autobiographical and to comment on the wider picture as I see it. Disparate fragments of experience, memory and observation become ‘fixed’ on a surface in a work providing layers or snatches of meaning and narrative. I am especially aware that at any moment the composition could change, be blown by the wind and scattered again. My work makes a show of permanence; a semblance of coherence from what is essentially temporal and chaotic. Excitement, beauty and hope can coexist on the surface of any object. The idea of an object as an emotional container also fascinates me. My premise is that objects come to contain life. As they live so closely with us, they accrue our imprints, our stains and our memories. I like to believe they are observers, hoarders, documenters and participants. For this reason they have become my focus.
Biography – starts 20 September 1985 (or just before)
Sarah Hughes (b. 1983) works across sculpture, installation, sound and open form composition. Hughes’ recent work has taken the six books of Roman poet T Lucretius Cari’s only major work, De Rerum Natura as a point from which to explore structure, interpretation and translation. Parallel to this is an ongoing interest in how materials, objects and the commodity mediate experience, and how familiarity can be used as a tool in arts practice.
My work is a reflection of our society: society’s history, the symbol of death in relation to society’s power conflicts; society’s destruction, survival and it’s world’s explanatory speeches corresponding to the control mechanisms of its tax regimes – very old problems that are reflected in our current situation. The city is my main focus of creative action, as I find within the city’s streets countless levels and mechanisms within which to operate and people to relate to. I avail myself of a variety of different methods, of expression such as: graffiti, calligraphy, performance, installation, intervention and video art. The urban environment has always fascinated me and I’ve always lived in big cities. Although I know the street, I am still surprised: by the variety of different stains and colors that I encounter in the city, the conflicts and hardships, people’s defensiveness, the crowds and the cities’ dysfunctionality.