Mexican lighting designer Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez uses light to express himself as a visual artist. “Painting and experimental cinema have always been one of my great references when I design light,” he says. The son of a dancer and an actor, he grew up playing backstage in the theatre and sees his passion for lighting as part of his inheritance. Having decided to learn lighting design through work instead of school, in 2009 he began his career by painting scenery, then became scenography and lighting assistant for the production agency Cornamusa. Solórzano Rodríguez began creating stage lighting for the Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporanea, the National Contemporary Dance Company of Mexico. Concurrently, he works with Luz Y Fuerza: Cine Expandido (Expanded Cinema), an interdisciplinary group he co-founded that makes hand-made light devices for art installations and live cinema performances, such as the recent Poéticas del Encuentro (Encounter Poetics) at Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City in collaboration with dance company ASYC/El Teatro de Movimiento.
Also with this interdisciplinary group, he gives workshops in non-urban communities on expanded, experimental cinema and light projector construction. From these sessions, he has learned the importance of creative exchange and mutual learning, which he anticipates will be the outcome of his mentoring year with mentor Jennifer Tipton.
December 2015 The closing ceremony honouring the mentors and protégés of 2014–2015 capped off a brilliant Rolex Arts Weekend.
December 2015 Brilliant ideas, installations and exciting performances, including two world premieres, marked the Rolex Arts Weekend.