Paloma Polo is a Spanish artist and independent researcher based in Utrecht. Between 2007- 2009 she attended De Ateliers art residency program (Amsterdam) and in 2010 the Gasworks residency program (London). In 2013 she was tenured as a visiting research fellow at the Center for International Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, Manila. Her later research explorations were hosted in by Les Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers research and creation institution (Paris). Polo is one of the driving forces of the organization Moving Artists International, and a member of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS).


Delving into past events or probing into on-going conflicts, Paloma Polo’s endeavors have progressed alongside a continuing immersion in zones of unrest. It is from the side and the agency of the people in struggle, in the battleground of anti-imperialist and antifascist revolutionary processes, that she has situated her investigations. Her proposition is to devise and stage a narrative, a script, that captures the emergence of political thought in the people, in order to explore social configurations as preconditions or potentialities for political change.  Such an inquiry entails paying heed to worldviews that are violently suppressed in the making and normalization of political categories, even emancipatory ones, and has led her to observe social dimensions of concrete struggles that are rendered invisible and remain unrecognized. Storytelling and fictional speculations, materialized audio-visually, are, in her work, a tentative means to fathom the remolding of social relations in their contradictory movements.





2006    Fine Art Degree at Complutense University. Madrid.     



Solo Exhibitions


2019    The earth of the Revolution. Arts Catalyst, London, United Kingdom. Curated by Anna Santomauro.

2019    El Barro de la Revolución. Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Spain.

2015    Unrest. In collaboration with Radha D’Souza. Parra & Romero Gallery. Madrid, Spain.

2015    Unrest. De Ateliers. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Theo Tegelaers.

2014    Unrest. Galleria Umberto di Marino. Naples, Italy. Curated by Nicoletta Daldanaise.

2012    Apparent Position. Kurimanzutto Gallery. Mexico City. 

2012    Apparent Position. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid, Spain.

2012    Action at a Distance. Casa Barragán. Mexico City, Mexico. Project by De_Sitio.

2011    Modo de Empleo 2. Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil. Mexico City, Mexico.

2010    Enough Redundancy in the System. Montehermoso Cultural Centre, Vitoria, Spain.  

2009    The Precarious State. The Inkijk, Skor. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Olga Cordón.                              


Group Exhibitions


2020    Una Voz / Una Imagen. Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló (EACC), Spain. Curated by Maria Virgina Jaua.

2019    Lalín biennial. Lalín, Pontevedra, Spain. Curated by Álvaro Negro.

2016    Itinerarios XXII: Renderizando la realidad. Botín Foundation, Santander, Spain.

2016    Faraway so Close. High Line Art, New York. Curated by Cecilia Alemani.

2016    Les Rencontres Cinématographiques. Belvédère du Rayon-Vert, Cerbère, Portbou, France. Curated by Patrick Viret.

2016    After the Future. ARTifariti 2016, International Art and Human Rights Meeting of Western Sahara, Tindouf, Algeria.

2016    Breves Episodios. Maria José Jove Foundation. Curated by Marta García Fajardo and David Barro.

2015    Hold Everything Dear. Ishmael Bernal Gallery, University of the Philippines Diliman, Manila, Philippines. Curated by Antares Bartolome.

2015    Darker and Darker Grows the Landscape (la possibilité d'une île). Le Commun, Bâtiment d'art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. Curated by Bénédicte le Pimpec and Isaline Vuille.

2015    Fixlab. Gijón International Film Festival, Spain. Curated by Alfredo Aracil.

2014    La Construcción del Paisaje. Centro de Arte Andaluz Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville. Curated by Yolanda Torrubia.

2013    Il Palazzo Enciclopedico. 55th Venice biennial. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni.

2013    The Progress Dysfunction. Collection VIII. Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M). Móstoles, Spain.

2013    Jetztzeit (El Tiempo de Ahora). La Panera Art Centre, Lleida, Spain. Curated by Manuel Segade.

2013    A Space On The Side Of The Road. Röda, Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden. Curated by Henrik Andersson and Kajsa Dahlberg

2012    The gate to the invisible must be visible. Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola. Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by Catalina Lozano.

2012    Gravity and Disgrace. Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (CGAC) Spain. Curated by Miguel von Hafe.

2012    The Rescue of the Effects. General Public, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Lorenzo Sandoval.

2012    Behind the light. Pedro Cera gallery, Lisbon, Portugal. Curated by Jorge Pallarés. 

2012    Ciencia, territorio y narrativas subjetivas. Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain. Curated by Lorenzo Sandoval.

2011      Modelling Standart. Gallery Joan Prats, Bracelona, Spain. Curated by Jorge Satorre y Erick Beltrán.

2011    Space for the imagination. Turner Contemporary, Margate. Curated by Sepake Angiama.

2011    Bosch Young Talent Show. Stedelijk Museum 's Hertogenbosch.

Zomertentoonstelling, Paul Andriesse Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Marien Schouten.

2011    Narratives in Progress. Regional Museum Celje, Slovenia. Curated by Juan de Nieves.

2011    Experimental Station. Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M). Móstoles, Spain. Curated by Andrés Mengs and Virginia Torrente.  

2011    Video(S)torias. Artium Museum, Vitoria, Spain. Curated by Blanca de la Torre and Imma Prieto.

2011    Que sais-je?. Agencia Vera Cortés, Lisboa, Portugal. Curated by Ricardo Nicolau.

2011    In situ. Contrapuntos de Arte Actual. Spanish Cultural Centre at Buenos Aires.

2011    New adquisitions exhibition. . Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (CGAC) Spain. Curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez.

2010    Before Everything. Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M). Móstoles, Spain. Curated by Manuela Moscoso and Aimar Arriola.

2010    Five Platonic Solids. Halfhouse, Barcelona, Spain. Curated by Alberto Peral.

2010    Ins Blickfeld gerückt. French Institute, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Gaëlle Boucand and Francisca Würz.

2009    Offspring 09. De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Brejge van Woensel.



Art Fairs


2011    Frieze Art Fair. Maisterravalbuena Gallery. London, United Kingdom.





2016    Les Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers. Research and Creation Institution. Paris, France.

2016    Visiting Tutor at De Ateliers Art Residency. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2015    Visiting Tutor at De Ateliers Art Residency. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2014    Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies. University of the Philippines Diliman.

2010    Gasworks international Residency Program. London, United Kingdom.

2007-2009      De Ateliers art Residency Program. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2005    Erasmus Grant at Camberwell College of Art. University of the Arts of London, United Kingdom.



 Awards & Grants


2020    Multiverso. BBVA Foundation, Spain.

2018    Ojo Crítico award. Radio Nacional de España (RNE), Spain.

2017    Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent. Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands.

2016    Loop Discovery Award nominee. Barcelona, Spain.

2016    Program for Internationalization of Spanish Culture. Acción Cultural Española.

2015    Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK).

2015    Program for Internationalization of Spanish Culture. Acción Cultural Española.

2014    Projectinvestering bemiddelaar en kunstenaar. Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands.

2014    International Visual Arts Grant. Botín Foundation, Santander, Spain.

2014    IV International Young Art Prize. First Prize. Maria Jose Jove Foundation. A Coruña, Spain.

2014    Program for Internationalization of Spanish Culture. Acción Cultural Española.

2013    Shortlisted at Kino der Kunst Project Award. Munich, Germany.

2013    Contribution to the working budget. Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgevin  en Bouwkunst. The Netherlands.

2010    Contribution to the working budget. Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgevin en Bouwkunst. The Netherlands.

2009    Startstipendium. Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgevin en Bouwkunst. The Netherlands.

2009    Production grant MUSAC, Spain.

2009    Generación 2011 Award. Fundación Caja Madrid, Spain.

2008    Art and Research 09. Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain.

2008    First Price at the Visual Art Contest INJUVE. Madrid, Spain.

2008   Selected in the International Audiovisual Festival ZEMOS 98, Seville, Spain.

2007    Prize at the Internacional Art Contest EXPLUM. Murcia, Spain.

2007    First price of audiovisual contest “Instantes de Paisaje”. Centro de Arte y Naturaleza (CDAN), Huesca.

2007    Second prize  XVIII Drawing contest Gregorio Prieto. Valdepeñas, Spain.

2007    Prize “International mobility of artists”. Matadero, Madrid, Spain.             

2006    Production grant. Visual Arts Contest. Injuve. Madrid, Spain.

2006    Awarded at the Young Art Contest of the Community of Madrid, Spain.





2019    “El Barro de la Revolución”. Artist book published by Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo.

2015    “Unrest, a conversation”. Radha D’Souza and Paloma Polo. 2015. 16 p. Published by Atlas Projectos.

2013    “Dwelling Near in Mountains Farthest Apart: A conversation.” Remmon E. Barbaza and Paloma Polo. P 149-174. BUDHI. A Journal of Ideas and Culture. Volume XVII.

2013    The Enciclopedic Palace. 55th International Art Exhibition: la Biennale di Venezia.

2012    THROUGH CLOUD. HOPEFUL. Artist book edited for the exhibition Apparent       Position at MNCARS. Texts by Catalina Lozano, Gisa Weszkalnys and Richard Ellis.      

2011    Lozano, Catalina. “The Empire of the Sun”. Catalogue of Generaciones exhibition 2011. 

2009    Fernández López, Oscar. “Un Énfasis Elíptico”. Injuve.

2009    “Aptitud para la Armas” Injuve.

2009    van Woensel, Bregje. “Offspring 09”

2008    Javier Viver. , “Imágenes Akeropitas- Imágenes Auráticas”, Madrid. Centro de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid, 2008.

2005    De la Villa, Rocío. “Interiores / Introversiones”, Circuitos. Madrid. Centro de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid.