Pepo Salazar

Born in 1972, lives and works in Paris

Pepo Salazar


Pepo Salazar lives in Paris. He plays with words: with their meaning, with their form and with their position. Manipulation of words is a constant feature in his work, consisting of photographs, videos, installations and objects.

The iconoclastic aesthetics of movements such as punk, rebellious attitudes or teenage vandalism, merge into constant allusions to the history of art, to utopian avant-garde movements, such as Dada, Situationist proposals or contemporary philosophy. All of them are vital options of commitment and of the struggle to transform society, a struggle that is largely dead and buried today, gruesomely swallowed up and placed at the service of the very same system that it denounces.

The work of Pepo Salazar lies between the anguish of this loss and the need to do (art), in order to–in his own words–, create the chance to generate attitudes and new expressions, capable, at the same time, of producing critical matter.


Salazar has had several solo exhibitions at Upstream Gallery. He is selected to represent Spain at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015. His work was also part of exhibitions in Artium (Spain), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Art in General (New York), TRAFO Museum (Singapore), Fundación Tàpies (Barcelona) and the Guggenheim (Bilbao). His work is represented in several collections, such as that of ARTIUM Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporart Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz.


Artist website
Pepo Salazar's music project

Pepo Salazar

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Belong anywhere. Meat floating job position.

Cluj, 30 Sep - 11 Nov '16

Punk. Its Traces in Contemporary Art

Barcelona, 13 May - 25 Sep '16


Amsterdam, 3 Oct - 14 Nov '15

Reset I

Cologne, 5 Sep - 2 Nov '15

Grand Illusions

New York, 26 Jun - 8 Aug '15

Collecting Artists

Paris, 24 Jun - 31 Jul '15

Los Sujetos, Spanish Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale

Venice, 9 May - 22 Nov '15

Hit Me Baby One More Time (High Performance Diet of Nothing)

Amsterdam, 2 May - 6 Jun '15

Punk. Its Traces in Contemporary Art

Madrid, 26 Mar - 4 Oct '15

Disorder. The curious case of dishevelled art.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 10 Oct '14 - 30 Aug '15

A Decade Upstream

Amsterdam, 30 Nov - 19 Dec '13

Forgotten children conform a new faith

Amsterdam, 31 Oct - 19 Dec '09

Walk Among Us

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 7 Feb - 3 May '09

Pepo Salazar

Amsterdam, 11 Mar - 15 Apr '06

Daniela Wolfer and Pepo Salazar

Amsterdam, 4 Jun - 4 Jul '05