Juan Sebastián Peláez was born 1982 in Medellín, Colombia. He lives and works in Bogotá.
His most recent work questions the relations we establish under advanced capitalism with social resistance movements and their counterparts, organs of social control, either private or public.
We believe we exercise our autonomy when, every time on social networks we come across posts about movements of social resistance originating anywhere in the globe, we express either our solidarity with the oppressed or our disapproval of the oppressors. Nevertheless, and in spite of our shortcomings, with every Like, Share or Tweet our fiercest ideological positions dilute into a mere form of consumption.
His work has been exhibited recently, among others, in La Vuelta, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles 2017, Fifth Generation (solo), (bis) | oficina de proyectos, Cali 2017; The Dubious Strait (solo), Ungefaehr 5, Cologne 2016; AÚN – 44 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Museo de Arte de Pereira, Pereira 2016; 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2016; Everything Included, Sleep Center, New York 2016; Temporary Autonomous No Flex Zone (solo); (bis) | oficina de proyectos, Cali 2015; #pleaselike (solo), El Parqueadero, Banco de la República, Bogotá 2015; Refurbished (solo), MIAMI, Bogotá 2014; Colombia hoy, I Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena 2014.
He is a co-founder of El Bodegón (2005–2009) and MIAMI (2011– ), both artist run spaces in Bogotá.