Apatrida means "stateless" in Spanish. An appropriate title for the fate of the Peruvian, who has been living in Berlin for two decades without a valid passport or permanent accommodation. In his early 20s, Apatrida studied literature, theater and philosophy in Cuba and Chile and came to Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall. When his transit visa lost its validity in the political turmoil, the artist understood the turning point as zero hour. Comparable to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Apatrida creates idiosyncratic art out of illegality and under great material deprivation.
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