Ále Campos is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer based in Hudson, NY. They create live and video performances through which they work to examine the containers of their own identity. They often implement drag as a tool for challenging and remimaging the boundaries of these containers. They collect material for these performances by mining through sites of childhood memory, family, their own Salvadorian heritage, popular music, as well as formative experiences of gender identity, sex and love. A common generative theme in their work lies in a queer sense of longing and belonging. Ále layers these fragments, which can manifest as text, audio, video, or sculpture, in performance along with their body in order to locate a non-binary perspective. Ále uses drag for its cathartic and fantastical qualities, particularly when charting personal narratives.
They also perform drag in the entertainment context, under the stage-name, Celeste. Here they tend to operate as community organizer and producer of events, with a desire and drive to create platforms for a variety queer performance. Much of their work consists of collaborative and group efforts. In the fall of 2020, they received a grant from the city of Hudson’s Tourism Board to actualize a queer-run, mobile pop-up stage capable of hosting and funding drag performances and hyper local artists and talents.
BA / Bennington College
MFA in Performance / School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Young Hudson Biennial, September Gallery, Hudson, NY
From Here, You'll Never Leave, L&B, Hudson, NY
Family Reunion, Club Sourdough, Brooklyn, NY
GRAND BUFFET GROUP SHOW, Babayaga, Hudson, NY
ISSUE 2: DEVOTIONAL, The Church, Troy, NY
IN THE MIDDLE OF, Rhinebeck, NY
ARENA: Noche Latinx, The Halfmoon, Hudson, NY
Queer Night of Performance (monthly happening), Lil Deb's Oasis, Hudson, NY