Greta Alfaro

(Pamplona, 1977)

Greta Alfaro es licenciada en Bellas Artes por la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia y Master in Fine Art por el Royal College of Art de Londres.

 

El trabajo de Greta Alfaro genera situaciones de apariencia fantástica que, sin embargo han sido creadas a partir de materiales cotidianos en espacios ordinarios. Su objetivo es generar reflexiones a partir de la yuxtaposición de elementos contrarios y de la aproximación de lo contemporáneo a temas ligados a lo mítico, lo histórico, lo tradicional y lo paranormal. Desarrolla su trabajo a través de diferentes medios, principalmente vídeo, fotografía, instalación y collage, a menudo desde una orientación site-specific.

 

Su trabajo ha recibido premios y becas como Generaciones de Caja Madrid, beca CAM de artes plásticas, Genesis Foundation Award en Londres, James Prize en la Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair en Nueva York, etc. Actualmente es residente en la Real Academia de España en Roma.

 

Entre sus últimas exposiciones individuales cabe destacar 'Still Life with Books' en Artium, Vitoria, 'European Dark Room', en la galería Rosa Santos de Valencia, 'A Very Crafty and Tricky Contrivance' en el edificio Fish and Coal en Londres, 'Invención' en el Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual de Ciudad de México, o 'Elogio de la Bestia' en el Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo de Pamplona.

 

Ha expuesto en numerosas exposiciones colectivas, recientemente en Vanitas en el Bass Museum of Contemporary Art en Miami, New Order: British Art Today en la Saatchi Gallery, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, en el Institute of Contemporary Art, Londres, Whitechapel Open en la Whitechapel Gallery, en Londres,  Inanimate Beings, en La Casa Encendida en Madrid.

 

Su trabajo en vídeo se ha mostrado festivales como el International Film Festival Rotterdam, el festival Punto de Vista en Pamplona, o los Rencontres Internationales en el Centro Pompidou en París.

 

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Greta Alfaro studied Fine Art at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, and a Masters in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London.

 

She creates situations that seem fantastic but that are made out of everyday materials and in overlooked locations. She is interested in approaching the mythic, the historic, the traditional and the paranormal to the contemporary, and in creating unexpected juxtapositions that allow for further reflection on current times and western identity.She works in different media, mainly video, installation, collage and photography, with a focus in site-specific productions.

 

Her work has received awards and grants such as Generaciones from Caja Madrid, CAM grant for visual arts, Genesis Foundation Award in London, James prize at the Moving Image Contemporary Art Fair in New York, etc. Currently is artist resident at the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome.

 

Among her latest solo exhibitions is worth mentioning 'Still Life with Books' at Artium, Vitoria, 'European Dark Room' at Rosa Santos Gallery in Valencia, 'A Very Crafty and Tricky Contrivance' at the Fish and Coal building in London, 'Invención' at the Ex Teresa Arte Actual Museum in Mexico City, or 'Elogio de la Bestia' at the Huarte Contemporary Art Centre in Pamplona.

 

She has shown her work in numerous collective shows, most recently in 'Vanitas' at the Bass Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, 'New Order: British Art Today' at the Saatchi Gallery, London, 'Bloomberg New contemporaries', at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 'Whitechapel Open' at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and Inanimate Beings, at the Casa Encendida in Madrid.

 

Her video work has also been screened at the Rencontres Internationales at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

 

PAGINA WEB / WEB PAGE:  GRETA ALFARO

 

GALERÍAS / GALLERIES: ROSA SANTOS

EDUCACIÓN / EDUCATION

 

  • 1996-2001 Licenciada en Bellas Artes por la Facultad de Bellas Artes (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia)/ Graduated in Fine Arts  from the Arts School at theP olytechnic University of Valencia

  • 2002/2003 Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Departamento de Bellas Artes / Fine Art Department. VA, USA.

  • 2009/2011Masters en Bellas Artes por Royal College of Art en Londres/ Masters in Fine Arts by the Royal College of Art in London

 

EXPOSICIONES INDIVIDUALES / SOLO SHOWS

 

2014

  • Still Life with Books. Curated by Eduardo García Nieto. Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz. *

  • European Dark Room. Rosa Santos gallery, Valencia, Spain

2013

  • A Window to the World: In Praise of the Beast. Curated by Juri Yamashita. MoCA Hiroshima, Japan.

2012

  • A Very Crafty and Tricky Contrivance. A commission by the Genesis Foundation. Fish and Coal Building, Kings Cross, London. *

  • Invención. Curated by Andrea Paasch. Museum Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City.

  • Fall On Us, And Hide Us. Curated by Alba Braza Böils. Spazio Vault, Prato, Italy.

2010

  • Elogio de la Bestia. Centro de arte contemporáneo Huarte, Pamplona, Spain.*

2009

  • In Ictu Oculi. Prize El Cultural de Fotografía. Marta Cervera Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

  • In Ictu Oculi. Curated by Antonia Gaeta. Carpe Diem Art & Research. Lisbon, Portugal.

  • In Ictu Oculi. Curated by Itxaso Mendiluze. Centro Cultural Bastero. Andoain, Spain.

2008

  • Ricorrenza. Curated by Alba Braza. Dryphoto arte contemporanea. Prato, Italy.

  • S/T. Magatzems Wall & Video. Valencia, Spain

2007

  • Celebración. Curated by Kamen Nedev. Liquidación Total. Madrid, Spain.

  • Budapest-Viena. Curated by José Luis Pérez Pont. Exhibition Hall of Picassent. Valencia, Spain.*

  • Celebración. Exhibition Hall of Mislata. Valencia, Spain. *

  • Ciudades y Fantasmas. Recortables. El Castillo. Requena, Spain. *

2005

  • Ciudades y Fantasmas. Centre Civic Antic Sanatori. Sagunto, Spain. *

  • Ciudad de papel. Tentaciones. Estampa Art Fair. Madrid, Spain. *

 

EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS (SELECCIÓN)/ GROUP SHOWS (SELECTION)

 

2014

  • Vanitas: Fashion and Art. Curated by Harold Koda. Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA.

  • Out There – Video Art, Digital media & Photography figuring landscapes in the public space. Curated by Viewmaster and The Nederlands Fotomuseum. Maastricht, The Nederlands.

  • Generación 2014. La Casa Encendida, Madrid.*

  • They Sicken Of The Calm Who Know The Storm. Curated by Maureen Sullivan, Fridman Gallery, New York.

  • Despite Efficiency: Labour. Curated by Emma Brasó. Herbert Read Gallery, UCA Canterbury, UK.

  • Carnaval des Animaux. Curated by Aline Juchler and John Canciani. Projections in the public space. Winterthur, Switzerland.

  • ARCO Art Fair. Galería Rosa Santos. Madrid.*

  • Volta Basel. Galería Rosa Santos. Basel, Switzerland.

  • Legacy. Curated by Claire Breukel. Lucie Drdrova Gallery, Prague.

  • Convidados. Curated by Carmen Dalmau and Lila Insúa. Centro Dados Negros, Villanueva de los Infantes, Spain.

  • Los vecinos del bosque. Curated by Alexandra Baurès. Sala Juana Francés, Zaragoza, Spain.

2013

  • New Order: British Art Now. Saatchi Gallery, London. *

  • Apologia. Curated by Federica Forti. Museo del Marmo, Carrara, Italy.

  • Like a Bird. Curated by Maja & Reuben Fowkes/Translocal. Trafó, Budapest, Hungary.

  • Closer. Curated by François Loustau. La Ciudadela, Pamplona, Spain, and La Maison, Bayonne, France.

  • Animal Gaze Returned. Curated by Chloe Brown, Rosemarie McGoldrick and Robert McKay. Sheffield Institute of Art. Sheffield, UK.

  • Moving Image Video Art Fair. Curated by Murat Orozobekov and Edward Winkleman. New York.

  • Punto de Vista, International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra. X Films Projects.

  • Rule of 3. It Will Happen Again. Curated by Gass Pendergast. Islington Mill, Manchester, UK.

  • Impossible rencontre. Curated by Claude d’Anthenaise y Raphaël Abrille. Grand T, Nantes, France.

  • There’s a Room in the Elephant. Back to Athens 2013. Curated by: Gioula Papadopoulou & Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos. CAMP Contemporary Art Meeting Point, Athens.

2012

  • Whitechapel Open. Whitechapel Gallery, London.*

  • Catlin Art Prize. Curated by Justin Hammond. Londonewcastle Project Space. London.*

  • Drama, Baby, Drama. Curated by Christiane Kuhlmann. Kunsthaus Essen, Germany.

  • Chassez le naturel. Curated by Olivier Beaudet. La Vitrine, Limoge, France.

  • ARCO Madrid 2012. Gallery ProjectB Milan. Madrid.*

  • Ristruttura. Curated by Lorenzo Durantini. ProjectB, Milan, Italy. *

  • London Art Fair. Art Projects’ Screening Program. Curated by Pryle Behrman. London.

  • Candid Berlin. Curated by Candid Arts Trust London. Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany.

  • Is this Spain. Curated by Pensart. Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Ireland and Krakow, Poland.

  • Hackney Wicked Presents an evening of artists films and performance. Curated by Laura May Lewis. Sugarhouse studios, London.

  • Fresh Produce. Curated by Serena Bentley. Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia.

  • MIA Screening Series. Comisariada por Alanna Simone. Pasadena Center for the Arts. Pasadena, California.

  • X Festival Miden 2012. Kalamata, Greece.

  • Indexes and Other Figures. Curated by Impossible Colour. Kaleidoskop, Berlin and gallery Kathedra - Photomonth 2012, Krakow, Poland. *

2011

  • Internacional Film Festival Rotterdam.

  • Bêtes off. Curated by Claude d’Anthenaise. Conciergerie, Paris. *

  • Rencontres Internacionales Paris/Berlin/Madrid. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Auditorio del Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid.

  • Inanimate Beings. Inéditos. Curated by Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz. La Casa Encendida, Madrid.*

  • Video Art Touring Festival-Reasons Why We Still Need Superman. Curated by Tim Crowley. Casa M. 8th Mercosul Biennial. Porto Alegre, Brasil. Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales. Montevideo, Uruguay, Casa Tres Patios, Medellín, Colombia.

  • Show RCA 2011. Royal College of Art, London.*

  • Video Art from the Igal Ahouvi Art Collection. Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair. Tel Aviv, Israel.

  • Bestes, Bestiaux et Bestioles. Curated by Dominique Pineau. Château d’Oiron, France.

  • Espectacle/Obstacle. Curated by SuperKaleidoscope. Firstdraft Gallery, Surry Hills, Australia.*

  • Spectacle/Obstacle. Curated by SuperKaleidoscope. Westpace. Melbourne, Australia.

  • Visionary Trading Project. Curated by Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Mary Cork and Margarita Dorovska. Guest Projects, London.

  • Ffilm 2. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

  • Is This Spain? Curated by Colectivo Pensart. Instituto Cervantes, Milano, Roma and Napoli in Italy and Brasilia, in Brasil.

  • Martinha Maia & Greta Alfaro. The Mews Project Space, London.

  • Prix Leica 2010 Marta Museum Herford, Bielefeld, Germany. *

  • Re:Control. Curated by Lorenzo Durantini. Limelight Club building, London.

  • 28 Reasons why we still need Superman. Curated by Tim Crowley. Mildura, Australia.

  • Una habitación propia. Curated by Carmen Dalmau. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

  • AND Festival, Artists’ stalls. Curated by FACT. Egremont, Uk

  • Animal Gaze Returned. Curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick. London Metropolitan University.

  • Videorama. Werkleitz Gesellschaft, Germany.

  • Vitrine. Curated by Film CoLab. White Night-Nuit Blanche Brighton, Uk.

  • Book Launch of Ristruttura, catalogue edited for the exhibition of the same name in Milano in 2012. Edel Assanti Gallery, London.

2010

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010. Institute of Contemporary Art London and A Foundation Liverpool.

  • Rencontres Internacionales Paris/Berlin/Madrid. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

  • Big Screen Project. NADA Art Fair. Miami, USA.

  • Peep Show. Artbus. Tours & Video Screenings During Art Basel Miami Beach. Curated by Maja Ciric. Miami, USA.

  • Album. Curated by Morgan Quaintance. Wolstenholme Space. Independents Liverpool Biennial. Liverpool.

  • I See Myself There Where I Am Not. Curated by Mary Cork. Forman’s Smokehouse. Hackney Wicked Festival. London.

  • Conceal From Your Eyes. Curated by Eduardo García Nieto. Centro Cultural Bastero, Andoain, Spain.

  • Homero, Iliada de Alessandro Baricco. Video screening curated by Mariano Navarro for an event of SEACEX. Teatro María Guerrero and Caixa Forum, Madrid.

  • Saber estar. Curated by Alba Braza. Vault. Prato, Italy.

  • The Vulture Tick. Video screening curated by Rut Blees Luxemburg. Guest Projects. London.

2009

  • Grande hazaña! Con muertos! Curated by Mariano Navarro. Sala Puerta Nueva, Córdoba, Spain.*

  • Is This Spain? Curated by Colectivo Pensart. The Crypt Gallery, London. *

  • Periferias. Curated by Rafa Tormo. Old town of Valencia, Spain.

  • Nimiedades. Curated by Juan José Martín Andrés. Sala La Perrera, Valencia, Spain.

 

PREMIOS, BECAS Y RESIDENCIAS / PRIZES, GRANT AND RESIDENCIES

 

2014

  • Royal Academy of Spain in Rome. Residency of nine months funded by the Ministry of External Affairs of Spain.

  • Special Award Les Rencontres cinématographiques de Cerbère-Portbou, France.

  • Special Cinema Jury Award at Erarta Motion Pictures Film Festival. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

2013

  • Generación 2014. Art Projects Caja Madrid, Spain.

  • The James Prize. Moving Image Video Art Fair, New York.

2011

  • CAM grant for Visual Arts, Spain. Residency in Mexico City in 2012.

2009

  • Genesis Foundation Award, London.

  • IX Prize of Photography for young artists El Cultural. Madrid, Spain.

  • Visual arts grant from the Government of Navarra.

2008

  • Matadero 08 International Mobility for artists from City Council of Madrid.

  • Explum Arte Actual 08. Puerto Lumbreras, Spain. *

2007

  • XII Premio de Artes Visuales Ciudad de Burriana. Burriana, Spain. *

  • Última, Creació Contemporània Jove. Valencia, Spain. *

2006

  • Casa de Velázquez. Two years residency at Casa de Velázquez, Madrid.

2005

  • Government of Mexico. Grant for foreign artists. Six months in Mexico City.

  • Fundación Bilbao Arte. One year residency. Bilbao, Spain.

  • Rogaland Art Centre. Two months residency granted by Rogaland Art Centre and Bilbao Arte. Stavanger, Norway.

2002

  • Randolph Macon Woman’s College. One year of extracurricular studies in Fine Arts. Granted by RMWC. Lynchburg VA, USA.

  • Leonardo Da Vinci from European Union. Six months in Dobrich Art Gallery, Bulgaria.

2001

  • Promoe from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Six months at Ecòle d’Art Visuel de la Martinique, FWI.

1999

  • Erasmus from European Union. Nine months at Lahti Polytechnic, Finland.

     

OBRAS EN COLLECCION  / WORK IN COLLECTIONS

 

Saatchi, Igal Ahouvi, Yinka Shonibare, Caja Madrid Foundation, Genesis Foundation, Fondo de Arte de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Casa de Velázquez, Fundación BilbaoArte, City councils of Valencia, Burriana, Puerto Lumbreras and Mislata, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Florencio de la Fuente, other private collections.

 

 

 

* There is a catalogue published for each one of the exhibitions marked with *