Luz María Sánchez
Interview for SIP – SoundLAB Interview project
Sound and visual artist, Luz Maria Sánchez, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where she studied both music and literature. Through the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Sánchez has focused on the role of sound in art since its inception in the 19th century through its evolution as an independent art practice by the second half of the 20th century. Within these studies, Sánchez places emphasis on radiophonic art and examines in her thesis the radio plays of Samuel Beckett linking them to the radiophonic art that emerged in the mid-20th century.
Working with both sound and moving images, the artist’s research has clearly informed her art practice. Stemming from her diverse professional experience in fields such as radio broadcasting, literature, and music Sánchez’s pieces are arranged to envelop the subject in an abstract sensorial experience while preserving a feeling of emotional urgency and physical immediacy. She has been invited to participate in diverse art workshops including the Wasla Workshop in Egypt sponsored by Triangle Arts Trust and the Ford Foundation, and in residencies like the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. Most recently Sánchez was selected by curator Yuko Hasegawa to be part of the International Artist-in-Residency at Artpace San Antonio. The artist’s work has been included in major sound and music festivals such as the Zèppellin Sound Art Festival in Barcelona and Bourges International Festival of Electronic Music and Sonic Art, and has presented solo exhibitions at The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Artpace San Antonio and the Gran Teatro de La Habana. Additionally Sánchez has produced commissions for Arteleku Audiolab in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain (www.soinumapa.net) and for the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City (www.oasissonoro.com.mx).
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