Interview with Alvaro Villalobos, conducted by Antonio Prieto Stambaugh, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas. In this interview, Alvaro Villalobos talks about his take on how his particular performance-related work makes a political intervention in the public sphere. This interview complements his participation in a round table on Urban Interventions, presented in this 10-day event, which brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship.
Álvaro Villalobos is a Colombian artist living in Mexico. He received his Masters degree in Visual Arts and his PhD in Latin American Studies from UNAM. He graduated from the School of Arts at ASAB in Bogotá. His work consists primarily of performances, photographs, videos and installations that link social and political issues to the work of art. Currently he is a professor at the Acatlán School of Superior Studies at the UNAM and he is the Coordinator of the Research and Post-graduate work at the School of Arts at UAEM.