Meet the Team
Victoria Luzuriaga Bastidas, Ecuador
I am an Ecuadorian multidisciplinary visual artist, writer, art instructor, and researcher currently based in Brooklyn, New York. My work is highly influenced by my scientific background, bringing the concepts of experimentation, chance, and finding parallels between daily life and the forces of nature that are constantly reacting with them. My concentration in the chemical manipulation of 35mm photographic film has bled into my painting and mutlimedia work by using chemical and biological influences to create an alternative form of visualizing reality. Using a research-based approach to build on the historical, cultural, and psychological structures allows me to create a visual understanding of the questions and issues I explores within my work. The literal and figurative coexist within the crevices of my mutilation of the materials and mediums. Piecing together from a variety of inspirational sources, my work communicates in a language that is weaved throughout my body of work.
In addition to my artistic practice, I also conduct research and projects that focus on the historical, political, and social constructions of alternative, non profit, and non-commercial art spaces in New York City and abroad as part of my curatorial practice. My focus on the rejection of capitalistic, monetary, and commercial ties to art for the purpose of the artist's raw creative intentions goes back throughout the history of the artist-run space scene and has inspired me to create El Sótano.
Julio Alejandro Rodriguez Pozos, Mexico
My art reflects my own identity and experience as a queer Mexican man. My work engages various aspects of my existence; primarily, my personal encounters with Mexican queer history and ’machismo’ heteronormative culture. My work seeks to create a larger understanding as well as explore queer identities, how they evolve, and the ways in which they are both determined and handled as social, political, and historical constructions. I also strive to highlight the ways queer identities are shaped by the (shared) events that are endured by a community.
I work with narratives that people can engage with directly. Telling people's stories through film or performance. I aim to produce work that is accessible to a majority of people and connects with them on an emotional level. When thinking about my work I have in mind to make it as democratic as possible, I seek to stay as far away from making it inaccessible or incomprehensible to people. My work is a storytelling practice so it is important to create a sense of resonance.
It is through my work that I aim to articulate a language that could reshape the lives of those living queer lives. Creating a space for understanding and reinvention of the current narrative that political/social/historical/cultural powers have exercised on queer communities in an attempt to dictate our lives. Through this counter narrative I attempt to re-imagine a different space where queerness is celebrated, acknowledge and restored.
Nicholas Wai Keung Fung, New York City/Hong Kong
I’m Nick Fung.
Sometimes, almost never, people call me Nicholas. Most don’t ask if I have a preference and automatically switch to Nick. But it’s fine.
Currently, my work resides in programmatic marketing, which has brought me to the forefront of the coexistence between data analysis, conjuring the awareness of ideas, and understanding the hidden motives of humankind through quantitative means.
Running parallel is my genuine curiosity to understand what lies within the unknown and to learn to merge polar concepts through convergent practices. Through my appreciation of art that contains meaningful dialog and a space for questioning, I explore the various ways in which art can function to bridge a plethora of different disciplines.
Through the medium of music, event coordination, and execution I have found a passion in the creation and cultivation of alternative spaces as a catalyst for self-expression, deviating from social norms and finding oneself through synergistic human interaction. With this as a basis, I strive to manifest El Sótano’s philosophy through the pathways of collaborative and open-minded discussion of art, community, and socially-engaged practices.
Photography by Alejandro Raphael Lopez