Artistic practice, understood as activity in reaction to a context following an aesthetically careful approach, starts with my curiosity regarding a particular problem or dilemma. I attempt to elucidate these perceptive enigmas through an aesthetic and material inquiry, realized in collaboration with the artists with whom I work together. This methodological approach stems from a commitment to the problematization of heteronormative and socially constructed structures operative in our immediacy, a position which is deeply informed by queer theory and feminism, as well as grass-roots organizing.
I shift the ground from which my intervention departs depending on the situation, hoping to de-stabilized the traditional mechanisms of power at play in professional and social relationships. Sometimes as a performer –bare body in front of an audience– sometimes as a curator –articulating objects and interactions in the mobilization of an idea or particular agency, I see this transit through institutional landscapes as a way to cultivate an intersectional and analytical approach to the means and conditions of production of contemporary art practices.
Currently I am invested in the ontological revolutionary potential encapsulated in time-based practices and non-object-based artistic manifestations, as well as the nuances and generative possibilities of collaborative and conjoined practice.
Clara López Menéndez, born in the spanish city Madrid. Lives, works and spends most of her time in New York. She in some of her manifestations can and has been seen in places such as Berlin, Stockholm, Detroit, and Istanbul.
BETWEEN THE IDEA AND THE ACT THERE IS THE STATEMENT
Clara T. López sometimes does art, or maybe writing, happily fixes bicycles, as well as reads and discuss theory, her university studies lead her to curatorial projects, although she tends to resist. She’s perceived as butch, understand herself as a dyke, feminist, and likes to question most of what’s around her.
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal or share in another un-worded way, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood”
I AM NOT ONLY A CASUALTY, I AM ALSO A WARRIOR