El Palomar is a collective created in Barcelona in 2013 by R. Marcos Mota (Rafa Marcos, Tarragona, 1988) and Mariokissme (Mario Páez, Campillos, Málaga). After studying Fine Arts, they both came to the conclusion that there was no room in art institutions for a certain type of aesthetics and politics associated with queer practices. They opened a space in a small flat in Barcelona’s Poble Sec with the aim of generating projects, processes, references and networks related to sexual dissidence and heterodox sexualities. The space remained open for four years and later became a collective promoting research and artistic productions. Multidisciplinary in nature, they support video, performance, music, publications and curatorial projects, based on an artistic practice rooted in a critical discourse on the different ways of being and acting.
They were awarded the Miquel Casablancas prize in 2017, the Ojo Crítico prize in 2020 and took part in the 11th Berlin Biennale the same year. Their work has also featured in other museums and cultural centres such as Espai 13 of the Fundació Miró, Barcelona, Centro Párraga, Murcia and La Capella, Barcelona (2016); HKW de Berlín (2017); Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca (2018); MUSAC, Castilla y León (2020); MACBA, Barcelona (2021); and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York (2022), among others. They have participated in numerous actions, talks and lectures about their artistic practice.