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Juan Pablo Plazas

Juan Pablo Plazas is a Colombian artist that has been living in Brussels, Belgium since 2012. He describes his activities as a sort of fortuitous ethnography that unveils itself through the manners of an art practice. This means that he is constantly looking for the unexpected within the apparently obvious, the blatant certainty of the misunderstood and the wrong answers to the questions that no one ever asks. Juan Pablo says to especially be attracted to coincidences, which he takes as the thread that guides any kind of project he is doing, as the only proof that something ties this world together. To be able to make use of coincidences, the artist creates strategies to make himself available to them. He uses the same strategies to build sculptures, performances, installations, videos, audio pieces, photographs, drawings or whatever other medium the circumstances of a project demand.

In 2011, Juan Pablo graduated from Anthropology and Art simultaneously at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. In 2013, he graduated from the Master’s program at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. His work has been shown at:

  • Bureau des Réalités, Brussels, Belgium (2016);
  • SMAK, Gent, Belgium (2017);
  • Chauffeur, Sydney, Australia (2018);
  • Besme 105, Brussels, Belgium (2018);
  • Mieke van Schaijk Galerie, ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (2018);
  • and currently at La Centrale Brussels (2021 – 2022).

Juan Pablo is part of the Self Luminous Society and the 76.4 project in Saint Gilles, Brussels. In 2019 and 2021 he was an artist resident at Pilar, Brussels and currently, he is a resident at Hisk, Gent, Belgium.