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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 persons I share my work with. 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 
1991, Badajoz, Spain

Currently based in Shanghai, China

Printmaking MFA, Royal College of Art, London, GB ~ 2013-15
Erasmus scholarship, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, GE ~ 2012-13
Fine Arts BA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ES ~ 2009-13

Bananafish Books - Artist in residence fellowship, Shanghai, CN ~ 2018
Swatch Art Peace Hotel - Artist in residence fellowship, Shanghai, CN ~ 2017
Open Portfolio Prize - Festival Internacional de Grabado (FIG), ES ~ 2016
Fundación Antonio Gala - Artist in residence fellowship, Córdoba, ES ~ 2015-16
Graduate Print Awards - People of Print, GB ~ 2015
Villiers David Travel Award - Research and travel grant, Shanghai, CN ~ 2014
Royal College of Art Burary - Studies scholarship from the Royal College of Art, London, GB ~ 2013-15
Ruta Quetzal BBVA 2008 - Travel grant, Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Panama and Spain ~ 2008
Ruta Ibérica Caja Duero 2007 - Travel grant, Universidad de Salamanca - Portugal and Spain ~ 2007

Solo shows
(19) Evidence of Magic, TM Studio Art Space, 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 (16) La colonia, Limbo 0 gallery, Córdoba

Art fairs 
(19) abC Art Book Fair Beijing, Beijing Times Art Museum, Beijing - UNFOLD Shanghai Art Book Fair, M50, Shanghai - (18) abC Art Book Fair Shanghai, 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
(19) 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 Final Show, 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, billboard project organized by 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 Stuttga

(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, 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, catalogue published by the Festival Internacional de Grabado, Bilbao - XIV promoción, catalogue published by the Fundación Antonio Gala, Córdoba - (15) Haptic and Optic Portfolio, catalogue published by artist Meiyi Wang, Beijing - The Other, self-published artist book, London - (14) Hoarding, catalogue published by the City Gallery and Metal Peterborough, Peterborough - Yesterday's Wrong Thinking, catalogue published by the Royal College of Art, London (13) ZigZag, catalogue published by the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart

Edén Barrena: The Promise of Blooming
Bananafish Books Weixin site

Edén Barrena
Write about Print: a Printmaking Journal

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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