Bio: R. Galvan is a conceptual artist based in Medford, MA. Their visual research and investigations focus on administration and on the role administrative systems play in the generation of a Latinx subjectivity with special focuses on queerness, masculinity and knowledge. Their work manifests as sculpture, photography, book making, image making and critical research and writing. They recently completed residencies with Brashnar Creative Project (Skopje, N. Macedonia), Staccion Center for Contemporary Art (Prishtina, Kosovo) and the School of Machines, Making and Make Believe (Berlin, Germany). Galvan received a bachelors degree from Brown University in history, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Their master’s thesis, Introduction to Queer Algorithms, was selected to be featured in RISD’s Book of Thesis Books—a survey of exemplary books for future thesis writers. Galvan was the 2018-2019 postdoctoral associate at Duke University’s program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. They have exhibited work at the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI), and internationally at This Human World (Vienna, Austria), Galerie Harderbastei (Ingolstadt, Germany) and at the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal).
Galvan was born in Brownsville, Texas.
Artist Statement: I'm obsessed with how ideas are arranged by language and consequently how people are arranged by reading and speaking. "From My Library" is an approach to evidence that arrangement. It is a way for me to represent what I read and place critical focus on the materials that inform my studio work. Books are printed with an ex libris. Sometimes I keep the books, sometimes I give them away.