Ále Campos is an artist, community organizer and performer living in Hudson, NY.
Ále uses elements of drag, sculpture / installation and video to dissect the performance of identity and harness the tensions between reality and fantasy. Drag performance and its history, has steered their art practice into two forms of work that ride in tandem with each other. On one hand they have continued to work in the world of the studio and show work in galleries and on the other hand, their work has formed roots in social practice, activism, and the community oriented realm.
They are interested in the history of performance and examining how we can look at, collect, experience, and put on performance. They are tuned into aspects of generosity, catharsis, and deconstruction. What, if even, is the place of drag in high art contexts? What is the life-time of performance ephemera?
They tackle this through film, wearable sculpture, and installations for durational and
situational performances. They investigate the intersection of queer and brown lineage and identity. Latinidad is potent and as a first generation, Salvadorian queer, ancestry is the origin and catalyst for their work. They explore the depths and minutia of these two polarities, by referencing elements of foods, geography, architecture, and cultural artifact.
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