Yel K. Banto (they/them) was born in Chile and grew up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. They first started studying fine arts at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne (ECAL) and continued at the University of Art and Design of Geneva (HEAD) and at Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA).
Through a narrative, hybrid and performing arts inspired approach, Yel K. Banto uses different mediums to question the way the body, the sexuality and the identity are represented in our social and cultural society context. Strongly believing that testimonies can act as powerful tools for minorities, Yel K. explores their own experience and uses it as an impulse to find new shapes, movements or sounds.
2022 - Exchange semester, Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)
2020 - Ongoing - BA Fine Arts, University of Art and Design of Geneva (HEAD)
2019 - 2020 - Foundation year, University of Art and Design of Lausanne (éCAL)
2016 - 2019 - A - level in Fine Arts and Design, Gymnase Auguste Piccard, Lausanne
Prices and nominations
2019 - Fine Arts price, Gymnase Auguste Piccard
2019 - Nomination for the Fine Arts price, Canton of Vaud