Elvira Santamaría and Brian Patterson
Mexico City, Mexico, 1967,
Belfast, United Kingdom, 1958, respectively
They live and work in Belfast, United Kingdom
For over 25 years, Elvira Santamaría has devoted her artistic career to performance art, action art and installation with a strong symbolic and poetic identity. She defines her work as anthropological research on human action and gestures. She is interested in long-lasting works, and not so much the final result but rather the creative process, focused on the task at hand and expectant about what will emerge. In these processes it is possible to observe various changes in behaviour and reactions with the audience, with others, serving as a framework for reflection on life, human experience and power relations.
She holds a Degree in Visual Arts from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (2009) and studied painting at the La Esmeralda National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, Mexico (1992). In 2015 she created the performance pieces entitled Cartografías de sal, Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, Mexico; Bajo el signo de las Jacarandas, Central Park, Antigua, Guatemala; Retratos de la memoria, Guatemala; Resignificación cotidiana, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico; Autorretrato de humo, San Cristóbal de las Casas, La Paloma Gallery, Mexico; Autorretrato de humo, Mérida, Mexico; and Calle 60. Sur-Norte, La Rendija Theatre, Mérida, Mexico. She was appointed as a member of the National System of Art Creators, FONCA-CONACULTA, Mexico, (2013). She has won an award at Artraker: Awarding Creativity in Art & Conflict, London (2013) and has completed a residency at Burgdorf, Switzerland (2012).
Brian Patterson believes that our position on the cultural map of time is the result of humanity’s constant search for identity and meaning. His artistic practice is related to poetics, spaces and how we have ended up at this point. He is interested in metaphysical aspects of human beings and the ephemeral and transitory dualism of our bodies and spirituality, along with the relationship of the individual in the world and what remains private within a community.
He lives in Northern Ireland, where he works as an administrator and project coordinator of Bbeyond, which was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to promoting performance art. He has worked at Flax Art Estudis, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2003) on the organisation of his International Residency programme. He formed part of the management committee and was director of Catalyst Arts, an organisation that promotes innovative and experimental art practices in Northern Ireland (1996-1998). He has worked as an artist since 1992. He created a performance piece in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland (2005) and participated in the Routes project in Northern Ireland (2001).