Lives and works in Madrid
David Crespo analyses places and territories through one of their most primitive forms of expression: games. This means of communication has a direct bearing on social interaction, offering a way to explore relations and specific characteristics, and to pinpoint social and/or political issues, situations of crisis and vulnerability. Not only does he want to discover what the games are but also to play them, exploring the territory in order to make it his own. His interest in a particular game does not lie in the activity itself, in its rules, or in winning or losing, but rather in the opportunity it offers for dialogue between him and the community, searching for action, experimentation and, above all, community participation.
His pieces, carefree and rich in irony and sarcasm, seek out the human factor of the game; that is, free, spontaneous and unselfish action. They often take the form of actions, installations or videos in which a sense of community can be generated and in which viewers can intervene, touch and play in order to empathise with him and the work.
He holds a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo (2008), a Master’s Degree in Photography from the International Center of Photography and Film (EFTI) in Madrid (2009) and a Master’s Degree in Art, Research and Creation from the Complutense University of Madrid (2011).
Some of his most important individual exhibitions include “Do Disturb”, commissioned by Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France in collaboration with Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain, MOMA PS1, New York, USA and the TATE Modern, London, UK (2015); “Katathlon” at the Cero Gallery, Madrid, Spain (2015); “Fuera de Juego” at the Addaya Gallery, Mallorca, Spain (2013); and “Biopsia de un Chasco” at the Alterarte Room, Ourense, Spain (2013). He has collaborated in collective exhibitions such as “Status Alterado” at the Goethe Institute, Barcelona, Spain (2015); “Solatge”, at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2015); “Paradis terrenal” at the RDV Gallery, Nantes, France (2014); “Convidados” at the Dados Negros Art Centre, Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real, Spain (2014), among others.
He has completed an artist residency at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2014); an Art and Nature Residency at the Pazo de Tor Museum, Lugo, Spain (2013); a residency as part of the Movic Creativity Mobility programme, La Rioja, Spain (2011) and an artist residency at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2011).