CV

CV

Raquel Asensi is a cyborg ceramic artist. Much of her work focuses on producing what she calls artifacts, or technological body extensions which may amplify bodily capacities and bonding abilities. She uses irony and speculative narratives to question the cultural boundaries between the natural and artificial.

She has received grants for projects including “Embrace ornament as a language for insurrection” , “Ideonella” and “I’ve learnt your language so that I can keep my tongue”. She has performed individually in spaces like Bilbaoarte (BLV-ART), Sarean, and collectively with Spoken Word Bilbao at Azkuna Zentroa. 

Her latest solo exhibitions have been “Rest[less] Object”,  “Unadapted Resistance” and “Labor Amoris Perditus Est”. She has participated in collective exhibitions in Bilbao, Pamplona, Barcelona, Limoges, Santiago de Chile, and New York.

EDUCATION

 

  • Currently pursuing a PHD in Contemporary Art, UPV-EHU.
  • 2015 | Practical Training at Sargadellos O’Castro Factory, Galicia.
  • 2014-2015 | MFA in Ceramics, Art and Function, UPV-EHU.
  • 2014 | MFA – Art Creation and Research, Increarte, UPV- EHU.
  • 2007-2011 | BFA – UPV- EHU, Leioa.
  • 2011-2012 | BFA – UB- Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona

GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

  • ERTIBIL Selection Prizes: “Kiss Me”,  “Granada de Luz”, “Sacculus Plasticus / 2015, 2018, 2020
  • Basque Artist Program / Solomon Guggenheim Museum / New York, 2019
  • Production and Solo Exhibition Grant Bilbaoarte Foundation / 2018-2019
  • Basque Government Production Grant / 2017, 2019
  • Grant and Solo Exhibition “Unadapted Resistance” / Montehermoso – UPV-EHU / 2019
  • Provincial Council of Biscay Production Grant / 2018
  • Arteshop / Third Prize / 2015
  • Zintzilik / Second Prize / 2010

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

  • “Labor Amoris Perditus Est” / Archaeology Museum; Arkeologi Museoa / Iturfest V – Curated by Laura Díez, ANT Collective / Bilbao, 2019
  • “Rest[less] Object” / Bilbaoarte Fundazioa / Bilbao, 2019
  • “Unadapted Resistance” / Centro Cultural Montehermoso /  Vitoria, 2019

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

 

  • Basquegraphia / FIG / The Elizabeth Collective / New York, 2020
  • ERTIBIL / Sala Rekalde / Bilbao, 2015 – 2018 – 2020
  • Resiliencia y Estamina / Bizkaia Aretoa / Bilbao, 2018
  • Oasis #2 / Ant Collective / Limoges, 2018
  • Caleuche / ARMAR Collective / Santiago de Chile, 2017
  • GETXOARTE / Las Arenas, 2013 – 2014 – 2017
  • STRIPART / Barcelona, 2016
  • NÓMADA / Foral Parliament of Biscay / Bilbao, 2016
  • Cerámica Bajo la Escalera / Cuenca, 2016
  • Miscellaneus / Paraninfo de La UPV-EHU / Bilbao, 2015
  • Body 1100º / Domine / Bilbao, 2015
  • Regreso al Origen II / Pamplona, 2013
  • Espejismos -with Sandra Rilova y Andrea Abalia / Barakaldo, 2012

PERFORMANCES

 

  • “Entre Huertas y Hierros de Colores” / Eureka / Santander, 2020
  • “Obsolete Traper” / Bilbaoarte Fundazioa / BIlbao, 2019
  • “I’ve learnt your language so that I can keep my tongue” / Inmersiones / Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2018
  • “Natural States” / Spoken Word Bilbao / Gutun Zuria – Azkuna Zentroa / Bilbao, 2018
  • “Primitivo Civilizado” / Sarean / Bilbao, 2017
  • “Object-Subject” / BLV-ART / Bilbao. 2016
  • Performance with Ramón Churruca / Mongolia Gunea, Gau Irekia / Bilbao, 2015
  • “Las Bastardas” / Histeria Kolektiboa / Bilbao, 2015

 

BOOKS

 

  • “Artista Ceramista Cíborg. La hechicera, el ornamento, la red.” (2020) [ES-EU]/  ISBN: 978-84-09-18485-9
  • “A Tactile Image” (2018) [ES-EU-EN] / Collaborators: Bilbaoarte Foundation. Limited paper edition, RISO printed by Another Press. / ISBN: 978-84-09-06907-1.

ARTICLES

 

  • Article | Objeto [In]quieto “INVESTIGACIÓN ARTÍSTICA BASADA EN LA PRÁCTICA – JORNADAS laSIA 2018: COMUNICACIONES”, LaSIA, pp. 135-146. ISBN: 978-84-09-02134-5.

  • Article | Ceramics, Ornament and Subversion: A Handmade TaleAusArt Journal for Research in Art. 5 (2017), 1, pp. 151-166, UPV-EHU. ISSN 2340-8510 e-ISSN 2340-9134
  • Article | Ceramic Artefacts. Concepts and Processes of a Ceramic Art Feminist Practice, DESIGNA 2016 ERRO(R), proceedings (ISBN e dep. legal: papel 978-989-654-359-4; pdf 978-989- 654-361-7; ePub 978-989-654-360-0; depósito legal 421707/17.
  • Article | To Caress an Image. Deflecting mimesis of body image as a way of subverting biopolitics. DAIMON magazine (philosophy), 2016. (ISSN electrónico: 1989-4651 – ISSN impreso: 1130-0507)

PAPERS / TALKS

 

  • Talk / “Contigo No Bitxo” with Itziar Okariz / UPV-Bilbaoarte / 2019
  • Talk – Collective Action / Vis a Vis with Gelen Geleton / Colectivo Ant / Parque de la Peña, Bilbao, 2019
  • Paper / Art and Research Conferences / LaSIA, Sala Rekalde / 2018
  • Paper / Jornadas sobre Mujer y Cerámica en la UPV-EHU / 2017
  • Paper / Cyborg Nature. Habitable spaces for the imaginary distance between technology, nature and our bodies.  Congress: Representaciones del Espacio Hostil en la Literatura y las Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid / 2017
  • Keynote Speech / Designa 2016 ERRO(R), Universidad da Beira Interior / 2016
  • Paper / Congress: Filosofía y cuerpo desde el pensamiento greco-romano hasta la actualidad. Academic Philosophy Society / 2015
  • Master’s thesis lecture | Jornadas de Investigación, Bilboarte, 2015.
     
 

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