Pablo Calderón Salazar

Pablo (Bogotà, Colombia) is an Industrial Designer (bachelor level) from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá, Colombia (2008) and Social Designer (Master in Design) from Design Academy Eindhoven (June 2013). He recently joined Social Spaces as a researcher and started (March 2014) a PhD in the Arts with the Catholic University of Leuven, in the wider context of the project TRADERS (Training Art and Design Researchers for Participation in Public Space).The essence of his practice lies in collaborating with local partners in the different contexts where his projects take place; be it a blacksmith in Riga (Latvia, 2011), an Artisan Chocolatier in Liége (Belgium, 2012), a community leader in Utrecht (Netherlands, 2012) or immigrant workers in the Nordoostpolder (Netherlands, 2012), he empathically interprets the interests of different constituents, using dialogue as his main tool. Giving great attention to the political, economical, social and cultural conditions under which his projects take place, he produces texts, installations, graphics, videos, interventions and events that provoke reflection around relevant issues in society; but this critical stance is always accompanied by a propositive one, which tries to hint into better ways of living together. His master graduation project was called The Other Market, a platform, materialized in a series of pushcarts and stalls, to trade products and services without money, using dialogue as a currency.