Ále Campos

Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Performance

Ále Campos is a multi-disciplinary artist and performer whose elastic studio practice is anchored by drag and their persona, Celeste.

They create a variety of works that span live and mediated performance and video, text, sound and print media formats. Their practice is fortified by their role as curator, producer and host of a variety of happenings and events that center drag and queer performance. In 2018, they started a still-standing, monthly queer performance evening (Queer Night of Performance) in Hudson, NY. In the summer of 2020, they received a grant from the City of Hudson, NY to create a mobile stage (HI-BEAM) to host a variety of performances during the pandemic. Most recently, they co-curated a night of drag and music by local queer, BIPOC artists, with Jeffrey Gibson at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, IL.

For them drag is a mindset – it is made manifest in makeup, costume and affect but can be extended into a mode engaging with the world whilst creating our own worlds.