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¡Hola! My name is Edén Barrena and I am a visual artist from Badajoz (southwestern Spain). I currently live between Spain and Romania.

I am interested in the relationship between the self and the other, and in the estrangement and conflicts caused by this encounter. I reflect on the edges of subjectivity, travel, discovery and representation of the unknown through the exercise of drawing and the action of repetition (seriality, copy, insistence, reproduction, obsession, tradition, study).

The outcome of my practice is an ever-growing archive of small/invisible gestures we found embedded in specific cultural frames: these customs, superstitions or forms of heritage that are on the verge of disappearance. And yet, they have made all the way to our present, like a miraculous long thread, to bond us with who inhabited the world before we got here. 

A preference for humble materials and portable formats allows me to generate a sense of intimacy within my work, while enabling my production despite not owning a studio, or when I am on the move. Travelling is a key element of my creative process because it positions me in the roles of the outsider and the other, experimenting first-hand the displacement of the foreigner.

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Edén Barrena, visual artist born in 1991 in Badajoz, Spain
Contact: eden.barrena@gmail.com

ACADEMIC TRAINING
Master of Arts in Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London, UK ~ 13-15
Erasmus scholarship, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, GE ~ 12-13
Fine Arts BA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ES ~ 09-13

AWARDS + ARTIST RESIDENCIES
Chander Haat - artist residency in Kolkata (IN), 3 months ~ 20
A.Farm - artist residency in Ho Chi Minh City (VN), 1 month ~ 19
Bananafish Books - artist residency in Shanghai (CN), 2 months ~ 18
Swatch Art Peace Hotel - artist residency in Shanghai (CN), 6 months ~ 17
Open Portfolio Prize 2016 - printmaking prize given by the Festival Internacional de Grabado, Bilbao (ES) ~ 16
Fundación Antonio Gala - artist residency in Córdoba (ES), 9 months ~ 15-16
Graduate Print Awards, 2nd prize - printmaking prize given by People of Print, London (UK) ~ 15
Villiers David Travel Award - travel grant to stay in Shanghai (CN) ~ 14
Royal College of Art Bursary - studies scholarship, Royal College of Art, London (UK) ~ 13-15
Ruta Quetzal BBVA 2008 - travel and studies grant, Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Panama and Spain ~ 08
Ruta Ibérica Caja Duero 2007 - travel and studies grant, Universidad de Salamanca - Portugal and Spain ~ 07

EXHIBITIONS
Solo shows
(19) Evidence of Magic, TM Studio Art Space, The West Bund Artistic Center, Shanghai - (18) I Draw with My Hands, de Pot, Shanghai - Like a Precious Seam in the Bottom of the Mine, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai - (17) What I Have Done: Open Studio, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai - (16) Inventar al otro, Espacio Joven, Valladolid - La colonia, Limbo 0 gallery, Córdoba

Art fairs 
(19) Shanghai abC Art Book Fair, Modern Art Museum, Shanghai - Tokyo Art Book Fair, Bananafish Books stand, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo - Beijing abC Art Book Fair, Beijing Times Art Museum, Beijing - UNFOLD Shanghai Art Book Fair, M50, Shanghai - (18) Shanghai abC Art Book Fair, Modern Art Museum Shanghai - Picnic Art Festival, Qiao Space, Shanghai (17) Festival Internacional de Grabado, Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao - GRAF Barcelona, La Fàbrica de la Creació Fabra i Coats, Barcelona - (16) Festival Internacional de Grabado, Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao - (15) Multiplied Art Fair 2015, Christie’s South Kensington, London - Offprint London, Turbine Hall, TATE Modern, London - East London Comic Arts Festival ELCAF, The Laundry, London - Turn the Page, The Forum, Norwich

Group shows
(20)
White Cube(s) Project, Bagpota Village, Kolkata - (19) Contemporary Spanish Graphics, San Stephano Gallery, Sofia - Premio Internacional de Arte Gráfico Jesús Núñez, Fundación CIEC (itinerant exhibition), Galicia - Asia Independent Publishing, Seoul International Book Fair, Coex, Seoul - Aprender a perderse, Biblioteca Miguel de Cervantes, Shanghai - (17) Contemporary Perspectives on Printmaking, Mall Galleries, London  - 11e Biennale de Gravure de Liège, La Boverie, Liège - (16) Open Portfolio FIG, Edificio Ensanche, Bilbao - XIV promoción, Fundación Antonio Gala, Córdoba - (15) Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield - Haptic and Optic Portfolio Exhibition, Yantai Modern Gallery, Yantai - Shenzhen Baotu Library Gallery, Shenzhen - Yuquanshan Art Gallery, Beijing - IMPACT9, The China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou - PR!NT: Impressions & Expressions, La Cambre Galerie 425, Brussels - HIX Award, CNB Gallery, London - Human Nature, The Archive Gallery, London - RCA Degree Show 2015, Royal College of Art, London - Lean-to, Tenderbooks, London - Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London / Dubai - Objects of, Cafe Gallery, London - (14) Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong - Hoarding, City Gallery, Peterborough - Skin/Cells, Fringe! Festival, London - Indie-vision, Metal Culture, Peterborough - PopArtCube, ArtCube Gallery, London - Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London - Yesterday’s Wrong Thinking, Café Gallery, London - WIP show, Royal College of Art, London - (13) Rundgang, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart - ZigZag, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart

PUBLICATIONS
(19) Premio Internacional de Arte Gráfico Jesús Núñez 2017, group catalogue published by Fundación CIEC, Betanzos - (18)The Promise of Blooming, artist book published by Bananafish Books, Shanghai > second edition for the Shanghai Pearl Art Museum - (17) 11e Biennale de Gravure de Liège, group catalogue published by the Musée de la Boverie, Liège - (16) Un niño siempre distinto, artist book published by Chucherías de Arte, Mérida - Festival Internacional de Grabado, group catalogue published by the Festival Internacional de Grabado, Bilbao - XIV promoción, group catalogue published by the Fundación Antonio Gala, Córdoba - (15) Haptic and Optic Portfolio, group catalogue published by artist Meiyi Wang, Beijing - The Other, self-published artist book, London - (14) Hoarding, group catalogue published by the City Gallery and Metal Peterborough, Peterborough - La noche, self-published artist book, London - Cinematic Drawings, self-published artist book, London - Yesterday's Wrong Thinking, group catalogue published by the Royal College of Art, London (13) ZigZag, group catalogue published by the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart


PRESS
Short documentary about the White Cube(s) Project
The video documents the collective installation and performance White Cube(s) Project commissioned by Chander Haat
Date: 2020; languages: Bengali and English with English subtitles; city: Kolkata, India

Evidence of Magic: Exhibition Review
Article by Urban Network Office published at their Weixin site
Date: 2020; language: Mandarin; city: Shanghai, China

Edén Barrena. El dibujo me permite traducir a mi propio idioma lo que me es ajeno

Interview for DXI Magazine, by Azucena Abril
Date: 2019; language: Spanish; city: Valencia, Spain
Published both digital and on paper

Edén Barrena: The Promise of Blooming
Article by Bananafish Books published at their Weixin site
Date: 2018; language: Mandarin; city: Shanghai, China

"Me" and The "Other"
Article by the Swatch Art Center
Date: 2018; languages: English and Mandarin; city: Shanghai, China

Short documentary by VICE China on the artist book scene in Shanghai
The video documents the making-process of my artist book The Promise of Blooming
Date: 2018; languages: Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles; city: Shanghai, China

Edén Barrena
Article published by Write about Print website
Date: 2016; language: English; city: Bristol, UK

Edén Barrena, the Politics of Pleasure in Art
Interview for 1 Granary magazine, by Sara Torres
Date: 2016; language: English; city: London, UK

Edén Barrena
Interview for American Art Collector magazine, by Sarah Elise Abrahamson
Date: 2016; language: English; city: unknown, USA
Published both digital and on paper

Graduate Print Awards, 2nd place, Edén Barrena
Article for People of Print, by Anna Chayasatit
Date: 2015; language: English; city: London, UK

Edén Barrena
Article published by Another Something website
Date: 2015; language: English; city: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Royal College of Art Degree Show 2015. Intriguing Practices and Processes
Article for Artlyst, by Alice Pelot
Date: 2015; language: English; city: London, UK

 

 

 

 
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