Miguel Sbastida (1989, Madrid)
Over the last years, Sbastida has extensively researched his kinship with the environment through material, epistemological, geopoetic, and vital-materialist perspectives. In his works —which span from sculpture to video installation and site-specific performance, he investigates synergies between the biologic and geologic, the cultural and the natural; urging and persuading to look at the world through perspectives that confront the anthropocentric hierarchies we impose on nature, and the limitations of a dualistic, deterministic, and inanimate worldview.
Miguel Sbastida graduated from a Master in Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015-17) with the support of a scholarship from La Caixa Foundation. He completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Universidad Complutense of Madrid (2007-12) after his fellow studies to Holland (2011) and Canada (2012). His works have been exhibited internationally at venues like the Zhou B Art Center, ARCO Madrid, Korea Foundation Gallery, Expo Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Museo Centre del Carme, MUA, Sullivan Galleries, Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, JustMad, and the Netherlands Institute for Media Art among others. His book Walk Like a Glacier 2017 has been mentioned in Journals and publications like Antennae, and has been widely acquired by institutions in the United States; including the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Yale University Haas Collection, and the Museum of Modern Art Franklin Furnace Artists’ book collection among others.