Luis Xertu (Luis A. Rios-Zertuche Mexico City, 1985) works at the intersection of theater, dance and digital media. The simultaneous professional development within these three artistic environments has allowed him to explore many different mediums including dance, performance art, and video, often in collaboration with other artists.
After graduating from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2009), his independent work was shown at the Dutch pavilion of the Biennale in Venice, as well the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and art and theater festivals in the Netherlands.
" I believe in the ability of an art piece to transport it’s viewer into a meditative state. Through my work I strive to provide that trigger by carefully and slowly building a relationship between the work and the viewer that is as intimate as it is fragile."
The language he uses is uncomplicated yet poetic. The work attempts to be self-contained, understood regardless of its context or the knowledge of the viewer. Their explorations go into the subtleties of human perception, while avoiding mainstream communication tools that rely on immediate first impressions, friction or shock.
A prevalent recurrence throughout his work are the themes of death and decay, as physical manifestations of the temporality of all things as well as processes of transformation. Time, the existential ingredient of these themes, is instrumental in the work, whether it refers to a painting that evolves throughout a year, a video where time is frozen, or a photograph where two points in time are displayed simultaneously.
" Just as changing light can create focus in theater, playing with time can have the same effect in other mediums."