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"The ‘other’ is always distant as well as different, and against this difference the characteristics of self and society are formed and clarified"
Susan Hiller in The Myth of Primitivism (1991)

I am interested in the relationship between the self and the other, and in the estrangement and conflicts generated by this encounter. I use print, drawing, animation and archival imagery in order to collect these confrontations and transmit the amazement to the viewer. By unfolding different mechanisms, my work reflects on the edges of subjectivity, travel, discovery and representation of the unknown through the exercise of drawing. I have certain fascination for humble, portable and intimate materials and formats, which allows me to easily engage with the audience. Travelling is a key element of my creative practice, since it positions me in the roles of the outsider and the other, experimenting first-hand the displacement of the foreigner.


Edén Barrena
Visual artist
1 9 9 1 , Badajoz, Spain

Currently as artist-in-residence at Bananafish Books in Shanghai, CN

2017- (incomplete) PhD in Art: Production and Research, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, ES
2013-2015 Printmaking MA. Royal College of Art, London, GB
2012-2013 Erasmus scholarship. Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, GE
2009-2013 Fine Arts BA. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ES

A W A R D S / G R A N T S / R e s i d e n c i e s
* Litografía Viña - Artist in residence fellowship, Gijón, ES (to be scheduled)
* Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea (CIEC) - Artist in residence fellowship, Betanzos, ES (to be scheduled)
2018 Bananafish Books - Artist in residence fellowship, Shanghai, CN
2017 Swatch Art Peace Hotel - Artist in residence fellowship, Shanghai, CN
2016 Open Portfolio Prize - Festival Internacional de Grabado (FIG), ES
2016 De Liceiras 18 - Artist residency, Porto, PT
2015-16 Fundación Antonio Gala - Artist in residence fellowship, Córdoba, ES
2015 Graduate Print Awards, 2nd place - People of Print, GB
2014 Villiers David Travel Award - Research and travel grant, Shanghai, CN

2 0 1 8
I Draw with My Hands, de Pot, Shanghai, CN - solo show
Like a Precious Seam in the Bottom of the Mine, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, CN - solo show

2 0 1 7
Festival Internacional de Grabado (FIG), Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, ES
What I Have Done: Open Studio, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghái, CN - solo show
Contemporary Perspectives on Printmaking, Mall Galleries, London, GB
11e Biennale de Gravure de Liège, La Boverie, Liège, BE
GRAF Barcelona 2017, La Fàbrica de la Creació Fabra i Coats, Barcelona, ES

2 0 1 6
Festival Internacional de Grabado (FIG), Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao, ES
Inventar al otro, Espacio Joven, Valladolid, ES - solo show
Open Portfolio FIG, Edificio Ensanche, Bilbao, ES
La colonia, Limbo 0, Córdoba, ES - solo show
XIV promoción, Fundación Antonio Gala, Córdoba, ES

2 0 1 5
Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, GB
Multiplied Art Fair 2015, Christie’s South Kensington, London, GB
Haptic and Optic Portfolio Exhibition, Yantai Modern Gallery, Yantai, CN
Shenzhen Baotu Library Gallery, Shenzhen, CN
Yuquanshan Art Gallery, Beijing, CN
IMPACT9, The China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, CN
PR!NT: Impressions & Expressions, La Cambre Galerie 425, Brussels, BE
HIX Award, CNB Gallery, London, GB
Human Nature, The Archive Gallery, London, GB
RCA Final Show, Royal College of Art, London, GB
East London Comic Arts Festival ELCAF, The Laundry, London, GB
Lean-to, Tenderbooks, London, GB
Offprint London, Turbine Hall, TATE Modern, London, GB
Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, GB / Dubai, UAE
Objects of, Cafe Gallery, London, GB
The other, solo exhibiton, Taylor St Baristas, London, GB

2 0 1 4
Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong, CN
Hoarding, City Gallery, Peterborough, GB
Skin/Cells, Fringe! Festival, London, GB
Indie-vision, billboard project organized by Metal Culture, Peterborough, GB
PopArtCube, ArtCube Gallery, London, GB
Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, GB
Yesterday’s Wrong Thinking, Café Gallery, London, GB
WIP show, Royal College of Art, London, GB

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, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, GE
ZigZag, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, GE

Edén Barrena
Write about Print: a Printmaking Journal

Inventar al otro, una exposición de Edén Barrena en el Espacio Joven de Valladolid
Art magazine Logopress

Edén Barrena, the Politics of Pleasure in Art
Interview for 1 Granary magazine, by Sara Torres

Graduate Print Awards, 2nd place, Edén Barrena
People of Print

Royal College of Art Degree Show 2015 -
Intriguing Practices and Processes

Edén Barrena - Another Something

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