Luz María Sánchez’s immersive environments heighten attention to the global landscape, challenging responses to its aural and visual details. By capturing, isolating, and amplifying individual parcels of perceptive data in sound and video installations, she demarcates new spaces in which cultural and bodily preconceptions are refocused and, ultimately, reconfigured.
Her projects, often realized through precisely arranged speakers, abstract socially loaded locales–the United States/Mexico border, the Arab radio dial, an Iraqi wartime horizon, or a landfill–and re-map them as active sites of sensory participation. Repeating border-town police transmissions or replaying a siren-filled soundscape, Sánchez builds auditory arenas, minimally mediated, though which viewers must discover their own, critical place.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1971, Luz María Sánchez lives and works in San Antonio, TX. She received her MA in 2006 from the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, where she is presently a PhD candidate. Solo exhibitions include The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, TX (2005) and Centro Cultural Casa Vallarta, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (2000). Group exhibitions include Oasis Sonoro, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico (2006); 9th Zeppelin Sound Art Festival, Andoain, Spain (2006); and 34th International Festival of Electronic Music and Sonic Art, Bourges, France (2004).