Miguel Sbastida is a visual artist 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, posthumanist worldviews, 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 based in Madrid (Spain), where he is represented by Galería Álvaro Alcázar. He lives and works there and beyond.
Interview concerning my art practice and some specifics of my project “Technofossils of the Anthropocene 2018-2019”