Paloma Leyton (Rosario, Argentina, 1994) currently lives and works in Venice, Italy. She blended an academic formation in Fine Arts (BA in FineArts/Universidad de Granada, 2015; Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques avec mention/École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, 2015; Laurea Magistrale in Arti Visive/Università IUAV di Venezia,2018) with a personal path as an aerial acrobat and teacher, working for different companies in Spain, France, Italy and Norway.
As a daughter of actors-puppeteers, she was brought up close to dance and circus arts, and as a result, today her research is focused on a hybrid territory between visual and performing arts. Her work has been presented amongst others at La Biennale di Venezia, Centre d’Art Contemporain Franco-Chinois, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Carré d’Art, U10 Umetnički prostor or Festival Internacional de VideodanzaBA.
Besides her collaboration at Collettivo Confluenze, she is the founder of Cia. Denkraum and the coordinator of the experimental circus project Atentamente, el Universo. She is co-founder, co-manager and teacher at the Venice-based aerial dance association Aria Alta, she sometimes collaborates as a vertical dance performer with Vertical Waves Project and she works as an art educator at La Biennale di Venezia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Collection Pinault.
Paloma is represented by GALLERGRY, an online platform to promote contemporary fine art by initiative of Gryanne Stunnenberg.
The work orbits around gravity, attachment and belonging.
From the laws of physics to the most intimate forms of attraction, gravity is so obvious and so complex that we nearly remember it, but it affects every second of our lives, every cell of our bodies and every thought in our minds. Gravity influences the way we relate to space,to others, to the territory and geography, to society and culture, to the human condition of existing in a body, being mortal and living on a planet. To move means to constantly abandon previously inhabited spaces in seek for new realities. While we live, we are subjects to risk, instability and seek for balance.
My interest is to develop this concept through performative means and fluid formats (a visual outcome, a relational process, an educational program, video-performances, experimental circus shows...). Borrowing languages and elements from circus, dance, visual arts and theatrical universes, I intend to create a line of work that is both physical and poetic,and that is able to explore different aspects of identity that eventually makes us belong: scenic, territorial, disciplinary,related to identity, education, culture. This is in fact the subject of my MA thesis (IUAV, Visual Arts, 2018) and the doctoral research to which I will commit for the following years.
(photo - Erik Berg-Johansen, Otta, Norway, 2018)