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Leticia Ybarra, Poetry reading of Fantasmita eres pegamento, 2021. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.

Leticia Ybarra, Feline, 2021. Inkjet printing on pasteboard, paper, chalk. 594 x 841 mm. Courtesy of the artist.

Leticia Ybarra, I Burn for the Sake of Fire, 2020. Printed poem on a long continuous sheet of A4-width paper, ribbon, wax sculpture. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alberto Vallejo.

Leticia Ybarra, and the movement remains written in their cocoon, 2020. Wood slat canvas wrapped in rice calligraphy paper. 180 x 130 mm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Theo Christelis.

Leticia Ybarra’s work is based on the relationship between the concrete nature of poetry and the capacity of different forms -visual, gestural and textual- to contain and to circulate excess as a characteristic of queer expression. In order to approach this, their practice also engages with common social archetypes by paying attention to the frameworks that these hegemonic systems impose.

During their residency at Gasworks, Ybarra will connect the figure of the Ballets Russes' dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and that of the famous Spanish ventriloquist and criminal José Luis Moreno by analysing their shared relationship with puppetry. In doing so, the research will take the form of a poetic and artistic engagement with displaced discourses and gestures as strategies for queer enunciation in situations of constraints.

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Artist Biography 

Leticia Ybarra lives and works in Madrid. Their work has been presented at CentroCentro, Madrid; Intersticio, London; Haus Wien, Vienna; Córdova, Barcelona; Fluent, Santander; and Libros Mutantes Art Book Fair, Madrid. They have published the book of poems Fantasmita eres pegamento (Caniche Editorial). In 2021, together with Beatriz Ortega Botas, they launched the project Juf, and co-curated the study program Gear With Petals at Hangar, Barcelona. Ybarra teaches Critical Studies (IED) and has curated the three editions of the Gelatina festival at La Casa Encendida, where they worked as Head of the Department of Literature and Thought.

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Residency Supporter

Leticia Ybarra’s residency is supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).