Portrait photography and interview by BARTE.



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Formidable Magazine. What was your first creative drive?
María Sanchez. When I was a child I drew a lot. I tried to replicate everything around me.

F.M. Is there a defining moment that made you realize art was your thing?
M.S. It happened not too long ago. But it wasn’t a moment or a defining experience, it was more like a slow process.

F.M. Inspirational artists?
M.S. Lately Isidoro Valrcarcel is catching my attention. I’d say he is the single artist with a bigger impact on my work. Also Francis Alix, Vito Aconcci and those seminal performances from the early seventies.

F.M. How would you define your work?
M.S. Intangible, pretty much like Marcel Duchamp’s infra-mince. I’m always looking for experiences, so I’m always involve with people and their energy. I not only look for, but also like to provoke those experiences and transform them into art thought.

F.M. How is a day in the life of María Sanchez?
M.S. I usually have a day job to make ends meet, although nowadays I really am into my projects. I’m thinking a lot, reading and looking for stimulus. These days I’m reading Georg Simmel.

F.M. What film is your life like?
M.S. I always thought I was in a Hitchcock movie, but I realized I’m not. Now I think I’m in a Bresson film.

F.M. What do you love and hate about Madrid?
M.S. The best part is its cultural offer, there is always something going on. On the down side is the cost of living, it’s very expensive here.

F.M. Best and worst night out?
M.S. Best possible night is dinner and book. Worst night is argument night, so awful.

F.M. Our motto is “A life less ordinary”, what makes life less ordinary?
M.S. When anonymous people tell me personal stories. Like when you go down to the grocery store and the clerk tells you something totally out of the usual elevator conversation. I try to provoke these situations, then I guess I use them in my performances in an unconscious way.