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Meet: Jonas Pequenos

Written by Eleanor Harvey
Published date 24 January 2020

Jonas Pequenos graduated from the  Central Saint Martins (CSM)  BA (Hons) Fine Art course in 2019. He is 1 of 6 澳门葡京游戏app alumni exhibiting in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 exhibition, which is currently showing at the South London Gallery, having previously been at Leeds Art Gallery. New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice and is celebrating its 70 anniversary this year. We spoke to Jonas to find out more about his work and how it feels to be showing with such a well-respected organisation.

What was your time at CSM like?

Initially, it was difficult, but I came into my own during my final year, once I had stepped away to do my Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) year. I learnt a lot in the time; what it takes to make work that satisfies your desires, and implemented all that into my final year which was by far the most productive year for my practice.

work by Jonas Pequenos
Installation view: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery. Photo: Andy Stagg. Image courtesy of New Contemporaries

Tell us about your practice.

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work by Jonas Pequenos
Installation view: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery. Photo: Andy Stagg. Image courtesy of New Contemporaries

How did you get involved in New Contemporaries and what does it mean to you?

I had New Contemporaries in my sights for a couple of years prior to applying. I have a huge amount of respect for art institutions, and it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to be able to get involved with some of my favourite galleries in the UK. New Contemporaries has a formidable history of showing exceptionally talented and interesting figureheads in the arts, and when I was awarded the opportunity to be a part of that history, it gave me great confidence in my practice, especially during the critical time having just left University.

work by Jonas Pequenos
Installation view: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery. Photo: Andy Stagg. Image courtesy of New Contemporaries

What is next for you?

I have been awarded the Associate Studio Programme which relieves a lot of worries for the next two years in regard to finding studio space and time to make work. I have also started a symposium space called COUNCIL, for new graduating practitioners from all walks of life, in an attempt to create a critical space to discuss progress, developments and get feedback on their practises, , and if all goes well, a couple of solo shows could materialise in the next year.

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Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 is on at the South London Gallery until Sunday 23 February

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