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Abril Carretero Balcells

Barcelona, Catalonia 1999

My work is usually formalized through the creation of artistic installations, through work from and with the same space, also understanding it as an expressive medium.

 

I use various techniques and materials, especially the use of iron, clay, action and sound. I am interested in the dialogue that is established with the modular works, the error in the repetition and the concept of the journey.

 

My interests revolve around various topics but often from social criticism. I have explored the impact of the climate crisis, the human-nature relationship and I am currently working with historical memory, Francoism and transition. I am particularly interested in exploring the ways in which memory and poetics can be used to create connections that transcend individuals and their environment.

 

My creative process begins with extensive research and investigation. I usually work from the feeling I want to convey and I understand my works as the creation of certain experiences, putting the viewer's experience at the center while I carry out my research. One of my main goals as an installation artist is to create an emotional impact on the viewer, using physical space to evoke a range of feelings and sensations that catalyze reflection. I believe that art has the power to create a sense of community and connection, and I hope my installations help foster that.

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_studies

Degree in Physics

University of Barcelona | 2017 - 2019 (not completed)

Degree in Fine Arts

University of Barcelona | 2019 - ...

Degree in Humanities

University of Barcelona | 2019 - ...

_residences

Desfer Collective

Florence | August 2021

_scholarships

Internships at the Sound Art Laboratory

Collaboration scholarship with the Department of Visual Arts and Design

Faculty of Fine Arts

Barcelona | 2022 - 2023

 

Artistic correspondence. Research <<In situ>> Document Fifteen

Erasmus+BIP scholarship

Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona, Kunsthochschule Kassel and Akademie der bildenen Künste Wien

Kassel, Germany September 2022 

Artistic correspondence. Participation and collaboration inRundgang

Erasmus+BIP scholarship

Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona, Kunsthochschule Mainz and Akademie der bildenen Künste Wien

Vienna, Austria January 2023 

 

_Awards

Arnau Award from Vilanova de Catalunya

First prize 2019 

UB Ana Mendieta Award

Finalist work 2021

 

_group exhibitions

Humanity comes from the fig tree

BODY TRACKS | Faculty of Fine Arts

Barcelona December 2021 

The Neo-Gothic fountain in Plaça del Rei. Water and memory as a generator of art

Cloth-Art'22 | International Sustainable Art Festival of Catalonia

Barcelona October 2022

_individual exhibitions

and the insect will become a pest

Program of Dialogues: Self-destruction |Ateneu Barcelonés

Barcelona April 2022 

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