Sebastian Diaz Morales, Artist in distribution, Argentina, 1975
Sebastian Diaz Morales was born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, in 1975 and now lives and works in Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. He attended the Universidad del Cine de Antin in Argentina from 1993-1999, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 2000-2001, and did a residency at La Fresnoy in Roubain, France from 2003-2004. He has had solo exhibitions in the USA, Mexico, and numerous cities in Europe, and his work has been supported by a number of grants and awards. Diaz Morales uses a number of different formal strategies to create his videos, ranging from the digital manipulation of appropriated news clips to lengthy, film-like narrative works made from footage filmed by himself. Diaz Morales explores the relationship between large-scale socio-political power dynamics and individual action in works which create a sense of uneasiness for the viewer. His films are often somewhat surreal, establishing a tension between a depicted social reality and its representation in a visually abstract or fantasy-inflected way. Throughout his works, multiple forms of dependence are explored, including dependent relationships between people, the environment, and social structures.