Christian Salablanca Díaz (Costa Rica, 1990).
Christian Salablanca Diaz's artistic practice departs from personal and family memories to explore orality and attempts to construct new stories and narratives which relate to different knowledges based on ancient traditions and practices. Through this process, the works look to generate connections with other species, nature, and the body, plants and seeds, wind and birds. Salablanca has recently been nominated for the Rolex Mentor & Protegé Arts Initiative 2022-23 and he is the recipient of the national competitive Fund award from the Museum of Costa Rican Art 2022 and the Gasworks residency Program 2023.
Christian has degree in Arts and Visual Communication from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, with a Cum Laude in Sculpture. He has participated solo exhibitions at Sagrada Mercancia (Santiago, Chile), and Kiosko Galería (Bolivia), both 2019; FLORA ars+natura and Valenzuela Klenner Galería (Bogotá, Colombia), 2018; and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (San José, Costa Rica), 2014. He has participated in groups shows at IL POSTO, Second part of " Ya no habia más orilla". (Santiago, Chile) Curated by Gala Berger and Miguel Lopez, Unfinished Camp @Pivo Exhibition Vitrine Gallery Program 01. Pivo Pesquisa. So Paolo, Brazil.2021, El pasado Adelante, Casa de America. (Madrid, Spain). 2021, Unfinished Camp https://unfinished.com/camp2021/ project commissioned by Pivo for Unfinished at The Shed, New York City and HEK Basel, La parte Maldita. IL POSTO Collection Exhibition (Santiago, Chile) , Untitled, KM 0.2 Collective Exhibition of Drawing, Puerto Rico, Museum Mestni Muzej Liubliana (Eslovenia), Muse Nacional Thyssen Bornemisza TBA21 (Madrid, Spain) and #ST AGE TBA21 online platform (https://www.stage.tba21.org/episode/episode-4), Museo de Arte Contemporanéo de Panamá (Panamá), Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz (Berlin, Germany), Biquini Wax (Mexico City, Mexico), TEOR/ética (San José, Costa Rica), Gasworks (London, UK), Sagrada Mercancia (Santiago, Chile), Espacio Oden (Bogotá, Colombia), Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin (Medellín, Colombia), Centro Cultural de España (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), Galería T20 (Murcia, Spain), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito (Quito, Ecuador), and the Oficina Cultural Oswald de Andrade (São Paulo, Brazil), among other venues. In 2016 he exhibited at the X Bienal Centroamericana (San José and Puerto Limón, Costa Rica) and at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Buenos Aires, Argentina) as part of BIENALSUR 2019.