Season 17 continues with a magical episode!!! We meet artist STUDIO LENCA!!!! Studio Lenca is the working name of artist Jose Campos – ‘Studio’ refers to a space for experimentation and constantly shifting place; ‘Lenca’ referring to the name of the artists ancestors from El Salvador.
Jose Campos was born in 1986 in La Paz, El Salvador and like many had to flee the country during its violent civil war during the late 1980s. He travelled to the US by land, illegally with his mother and grew up in the gaze of a strictly conservative administration - an ‘illegal alien’. Studio Lenca is focused on ideas surrounding difference, knowledge and visibility. He works with performance, video, painting and sculpture.
‘When people ask me where I’m from, I never know how to answer. Born in El Salvador, growing up illegally in California then spending my adult life in the UK. What does that question mean and why do people ask it?’Studio Lenca’s process starts with personal memories and is underpinned by social activism and different forms of praxis.
Studio Lenca paintings tell an autobiographical story which navigates borders and identities destroyed, redrawn and erased through colonisation and war. The portraits depict the artist and his community proudly wearing hats and vibrant colours in noble defiance of the ‘western’ discourse around migration.
Campos lives and works in Margate, UK. His current studio is based at TKE Studios, founded by Tracey Emin. @TKEStudios
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