Lucia Fernandez Santoro
area: Performance Art, Writing
Lucia Fernandez Santoro (1991, Argentina/France) is an academically trained dancer and performer who seeks redefinitions of performance, stage settings, and audience.
After completing a BA in Dance at ArtEZ (NL) she soon gravitated to co-creating with artists from different disciplines.
Mainly using improvisation and writing as artistic practices, Lucia seeks horizontal collaborations.
Continuing with her interdisciplinary interest and non-linear approach to dance, she completed an MFA program at Sandberg Instituut where she developed her writing practice through poetry, narrative fiction, as well as performative installations. Through her work, she uses pseudo sci-fi short stories as a way of transgressing contemporary structures and relationships into alternative and playful constellations of new ways of living and loving. Aside from her artistic practice, she works as a dance critic, dramaturge, and performer. She also worked as a door host and stage manager for Amsterdam’s biggest clubs and techno parties. Her multiple occupations serve and inform one another to develop a critical and comprehensive voice.
During the residency period at MuseumsQuartier, the intention is to continue developing my latest work 7 μm / seven micrometers, II . This immersive site-specific installation explores space expansion and its malleability. A duet between a flexible structure and a body in a suggested environment, the work is proposed by initial parameters but also by its site-specific surroundings. How to deepen the concept of site-specificity on a practical but also symbolic level? The work is an on-going performative study on physicality and the narrative potential it contains. Inducing the viewers into a meditative state, this visual essay hopes to enable a space that allows individual storytelling to occur.
The performative work goes hand in hand with a written practice of short fictions and poems. These written explorations serve as generators for material works to manifest. Looking into how the works will resonate in Vienna, I aim to write a new series of texts which will be formed into a publication and simultaneously enrich the sculptural work.