Gabriela Bettini (born in Madrid, 1977) is a Spanish artist of Argentinian origin.
Her current interests lie in the study of the first cultural colonialisation and how it relates to its present-day legacy. Using the history of painting and the representation of landscape as her point of departure – observing how this medium has been used to reinforce the ideas that form the basis of Western hegemony – she analyses today’s environmental crisis and the extractivist model it espouses, one where women become a paradigm of the multiple violence inflicted by climate change.
She has worked with the idea of Postmemory in a series of pieces which revisit the dominant narratives of a generation that experienced the Argentinian dictatorship; these works directly link historical archives with her subjects’ own life stories. In addition, many of her projects have revolved around domestic spaces, which she has often examined with the eyes, curiosity and astonishment of an outsider, of someone who has inherited the condition of exile from the previous generation.
In her works, she studies life experiences existing in the margins of History, revealing the voids that result when we attempt to reconcile memory, memory politics and official narratives. Gabriela Bettini explores these intermediate spaces, paying attention to the traces left behind by certain personal experiences. She is interested in the elements which seem to be symbolising that passage between realities, an interstitial condition which can be seen as a metaphor for the liminality, openness and ambiguity of those who have experienced them.
Gabriela Bettini has exhibited at Borges Cultural Centre and Haroldo Conti Memory Cultural Centre, both in Buenos Aires, Tlatelolco Cultural Centre in Mexico City, House of Latin America of Lisbon, TEA Tenerife Space of Arts and the Argentine Foundation in Paris. She was awarded the 2019 DKV Prize; Obra Abierta First Prize - Caja de Extremadura International Visual Arts Prize (2017), the Madrid Region Visual Art Creation Grant (2017) and the MAEC-AECID Painting Grant at the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome (2015-16). Other recognition include the Madrid Region Artistic Creation Award, Injuve Art Show or "la Caixa" Foundation and the British Council Grant for Postgraduate Studies in the United Kingdom.
Education
2004
MA in Fine Art, University of East London, United Kingdom
2002
MA in Theory and Practice of Contemporary Arts, Faculty of Fine Art, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
2001
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
2001
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Solo shows (selected)
2022
Raíces Secundarias. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.
2020
Topografía del Borrado. Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain.
2019
Contact zone. Tasman Projects. Curators: Manuela Pedrón Nicolau and Jaime Gonzalez Cela. Madrid, Spain.
2018
Primavera silenciosa, Galería silvestre, Madrid, Spain.
2017
La memoria de los intentos, Galería silvestre, Tarragona, Spain.
2016
Paisajes de excepción, Galería silvestre, Madrid, Spain.
2015
Larga distancia, Galería silvestre, Tarragona, Spain.
2013
La casa roja, Mundo Nuevo gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2012
Acentos. Curator: Gabriel Miremont. Evita Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2011
Un tiempo casi cercano, Borges Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2011
Algunas de aquellas historias, galería Asm28, Casa de América Latina, Lisbon, Portugal.
2008
Cuarto y mitad, galería Arte Veintiuno, Madrid, Spain.
2007
La vida no vivida. Curator: Daniel Besoytaorube. Auditorium Theatre, Mar del Plata, Argentina.
2007
La mirada rota, Fondation Argentine, Paris, France.
2006
Paisajes del Tránsito. Curator: Helena Cabello. Sala Av. América, Madrid, Spain.

Group shows (selected)
2022
Pan y Circo. Sala Amós Salvador - Cultural Rioja. Logroño, Spain.
2022
History in Fragments. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.
2022
A casa é sua: migração e hos(ti)pitalidade fora do lugar. Paço Imperial. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2022
Movimiento y Dirección de Fuga. Aclimatación. CIC El Almacén. Curated by Dalla de la Rosa. Canary Islands, Spain.
2021
Nuevos Senderos del MAC: pulso e impulso de una colección. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Madrid, Spain.
2021
Mujeres por el arte Colección DKV. Beca DKV- Ayuntamiento de Valencia. Atarazanas del Grao, Valencia, Spain.
2021
Hijxs, poética de la Memoria. Biblioteca Nacional de Argentina. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2021
Otro orden. Derribando fronteras. Curated by Diana Wechsler. Fundación Francis Naranjo, Canary Islands, Spain.
2021
BUM BUM BA YE [Under Pressure]. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.
2021
El Crimen Perfecto. Centro de Artes Conde Duque. Madrid, Spain.
2020
Ver Versus Ver II. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2020
Ver Versus Ver. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2019
14ª Bienal Martínez Guerricabeitia. Universidad de Valencia, Spain.
2019
34º Premio BMW de Pintura. Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas. Madrid, Spain.
2019
Soñé que un museo ardía. Tasman Projects. Curated by Manuela Pedrón Nicolau and Jaime González Cela. Spain.
2019
Simbiosis, DKV & Granada University collections, Granada’s Royal Hospital Chapel Hall, Spain
2019
Así que pasen cinco años, Galería silvestre, Madrid, Spain
2018
Horizonte de sucesos. Curator: Dalia de la Rosa. OTR Espacio de Arte, Madrid, Spain
2018
Contra la piel. Curator: Semíramis González. TEA, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
2018
VI Premio de Artes Visuales Mardel, Museu del Carme de Valencia, Spain
2017
Habitar la Frontera, I International Architecture Biennial. Curator: Marlon de Azambuja. Palacio Miramar, San Sebastián, Spain
2017
Exilios, Memorias del Terrorismo de Estado, Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017
Hecho en Roma. Curator: Manuel Blanco. Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
2017
Obra Abierta International Visual Arts Prize, Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura, Centro Cultural Las Claras, Plasencia, Spain
2016
Nunca más el olvido. Miradas en torno a la dictadura Argentina. Curators: María de María Campos y Alberto del Castillo. Tlatelolco Cultural Centre, Mexico City, Mexico
2016
Processi 143, Spanish Royal Academy in Rome, Italy
2016
Bread and Roses!!, Sa Quartera Centre d’Art, Mallorca, Spain
2015
In Situ 2013-, Sa Quartera Centre d’Art, Mallorca, Spain
2015
Obra Abierta International Visual Arts Prize, Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura, Centro Cultural Las Claras, Plasencia, Spain
2014
Hinterlandmark. Curator: Alex Brahim. Addaya Centre d’Art Contemporani, Mallorca, Spain.
2014
Obra Abierta International Visual Arts Prize, Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura, Centro Cultural Las Claras, Plasencia, Spain
2013
Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize, Fundación Focus-Abengoa, Seville, Spain
2011
Anacronías. Curators: Jordana Blejmar and Natalia Fortuny. Fondation Argentine, París, France
2011
The noise of bubbles. Red Bull Music Academy, Matadero Madrid, Spain
2011
Jameel Prize: Art Contemporian D’inspiration Islamique, Art Absolument: Numéro Spécial
2010
Open house. Curator: Fernando Farina. Argentinean Embassy’s Official Residency, London, United Kingdom
2008
Domésticos ’08. Curator: Tania Pardo, Madrid, Spain
2006
El jardín, Madrid’s White Night Festival, Jardines del Descubrimiento, Spain
2006
30 años: Estéticas de la Memoria, Recoleta Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires
2006
AR INJUVE ’05. Curator: Alicia Murría. Sala Amadís, Madrid, Spain
2005
El Mal de Archivo, Jornadas de Artes Visuales, Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
2005
Certamen Jóvenes Creadores, Madrid Council, Spain
2003
XV Circuitos de Artes Plásticas y Fotografía. Curator: Alicia Murría. Sala Av. América, Madrid, Spain
2003
Certamen Jóvenes Creadores (Second Prize), Madrid Council, Spain
2002
Certamen Jóvenes Creadores (Second Prize), Madrid Council, Spain
2002
Premi Miquel Casablancas, Barcelona Council, Spain

Fairs
2022
Art Düsseldorf. Sabrina Amrani. Düsseldorf, Germany.
2022
ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.
2022
ZONA MACO. Sabrina Amrani. Mexico City, Mexico.
2021
ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.
2020
ARCOmadrid. Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain.
2019
viennacontemporary. Sabrina Amrani. Vienna, Austria.
2019
Arte Santander, Galería silvestre, Spain
2018
Arco’18, Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura, Madrid, Spain

Residencies
2018
Managing Displacement from Geography, CC España Santiago, CL
2017
Les Clíniques d’Es Baluard, Mallorca, Spain
2013
Addaya Centre d’Art Contemporani, Mallorca, Spain
2010
URRA Resident Artists. Curator: Melina Berkenwald, Delinfinito Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bibliography
2022
Raíces Secundarias. Gabriela Bettini, Sabrina Amrani. Madrid, Spain
2017
Longoni, Ana; Natalia Fortuny,Photography in Argentina: Contradiction and Continuity, Idurre Alonso and Judith Keller, Editors, Getty Publications. The J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, , p. 276-280
2017
Maguire, Geoffrey,The Politics of Postmemory. Violence and Victimhood in ContemporaryArgentine Culture, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, , Cambridge, p. 1-31 y 183-240
2014
Fortuny, Natalia,Memorias fotográficas. Imagen y dictadura en la fotografía argentina contemporánea, La Luminosa, Buenos Aires, , 137 p.
2011
García, Luís,Políticas de la memoria y de la imagen. Ensayos sobre una actualidad político- cultural, TEHA, Colección Teoría 23, Santiago de Chile, , 148 p.
2008
Blejmar, Jordana, “Anacronismos”,El río sin orillas. Revista de Filosofía, Cultura y Política, n.2, Buenos Aires, , p. 200-211

Awards
2020
Derivada. Fundación Banco Santander. Madrid, Spain.
2019
DKV Prize, Spain
2017
1º Prize Obra Abierta International Visual Arts Prize Caja de Extremadura, Spain
2017
Visual Arts Creation Grant, Madrid Autonomous Region, Spain
2015
MAEC-AECID Grant for the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome, Painting category, Italy
2007
Art Creation Prize, Madrid Autonomous Region, Spain
2005
INJUVE Award, Spanish Ministry of Culture, Spain
2003
“La Caixa” Foundation and British Council Grant for Postgraduate studies in United Kingdom, Barcelona, Spain

Public collections
CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Spain.
DKV Collection, Spain.
Basmoca Museum, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura, Hervás, Cáceres Spain
Spanish Royal Academy in Rome, Ministry of Cooperation and Foreign Affairs, Roma, Italy

Other professional experiences
2019
El arte + actual. Visiones y trayectorias: artistas en diálogo, round table coordinated by Rosina Gómez-Baeza, President of the Obra Abierta jury and Lucía Ybarra, Director of YGB Art ARCOmadrid
2018
Renovación y transgresión de la pintura española a propósito de la obra de Ángela de la Cruz. With Carlos León, Guillermo Mora and Ana H. del Amo. Coordinated by Fernando Castro Flórez. Foro Colecciona, Estampa, Spain
2011
Invented memories. Postmemory Research Seminar. CSIC Research. Project “Philosophy after the Holocaust”, Madrid, Spain
2010
The Threshold of Memory, Performances of Memory in the Arts. International Conference, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands