María Jerez uses choreography, cinema, and visual arts to explore how art’s relation to the spectator creates a space where modes of representation can be put into crisis. Moving beyond theatrical and cinematographic conventions, her recent work insists on the encounter and intersection between different species as a space of transformation. Moving away from a logocentric and anthropocentric approach, she makes human knowledge vulnerable to other enigmatic and complex ecosystems. While at Amant, Jerez will reflect on the notions of spectatorship and collaboration not only with “people” but with animals, in particular, with birds. She will study the sophisticated systems that birds develop, mainly through song, such as those of the American robin, a common bird in New York. Through mutual listening and observation, she will develop performative practices with birds, using costumes and movements that modify human bodies in order to capture the attention of birds.
Jerez, born in 1978 in Madrid, currently lives and works in Madrid. She has shown her work La Casa Encendida in Madrid, CA2M in Madrid, Arteleku in San Sebastian, Centro Párraga in Murcia, MACBA in Barcelona, CCCB in Barcelona, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, Frac Lorraine in Metz, Tanzfabrik in Berlin, Serralves in Porto, Southbank Centre in London, Bozar in Brussels, among others.