ABOUT




PAVEL AGUILAR

b. 1989 in Tegucigalpa, raised in the Caribbean coast of Honduras, lives and works between Honduras and Basel (CH) 




Lives and works between Honduras and Basel, Switzerland. It was only after first training as a classical violinist at the National School of Music of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and then obtaining a BA in Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana, that Pável Aguilar moved to study fine arts at Institut Kunst Gender Natur in Basel.

Examined in the context of his biography, it is therefore not surprising if Aguilar’s artistic approach is, in essence, transdisciplinary and can be situated at the nexus between music and visual arts. Aguilar’s broad Latin-American background – he was born and raised in Honduras but lived and worked also in Mexico and Colombia – also had an important impact on his work.

His research focuses on postcolonialism and migration, investigating the subtle network of relations and references that can be drawn from the history and geography of a territory and from the human presence which inhabits, occupies, or even exploits it. The visual representation of sound is central in Aguilar’s work. In particular, he is interested in how the combination of music with its visual translation (or interpretation) can be used as a powerful tool to convey to a larger audience a reflection on the complex sociopolitical history in a poetic yet accessible way.

Dr. Valentina Locatelli 



Among of his recent projects have been shown at Museum Ludwig in Cologne;  Kunsthalle Basel;  Kunsthaus Baselland; Kunsthalle Zürich; Kadist San Francisco;  Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA – Video Art in Latin America; World Art Tokyo 2020;  X Central American Art Biennial; Chroma the Future is Roma – We pass the mic to Europe, 58th Biennale di Venezia;  selected artist at FLORA ars+natura Residency in Bogota (2018); among others.

In 2020, Aguilar got the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt werkbeiträge in Basel; Finalist for the Swiss Performance Art Award in 2021 and finalist for Contemporary Talents at François Schneider Foundation (FR) in 2022.






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