Gabriela Bettini


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)

 

2020    Topografía del Borrado. Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain.

2019      Contact zone, Tasman Projects, Madrid. Curators: Manuela Pedrón Nicolau and Jaime Gonzalez Cela, 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, París, Francia.

2006      Paisajes del Tránsito. Curator: Helena Cabello. Sala Av. América, Madrid, Spain.

 

Group shows (selected)

 

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 2013-2015, 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

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

 

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, 2017, p. 276-280

2017     Maguire, Geoffrey, The Politics of Postmemory. Violence and Victimhood in Contemporary Argentine Culture, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2017, Cambridge, p. 1-31 y 183-240

2014     Fortuny, Natalia, Memorias fotográficas. Imagen y dictadura en la fotografía argentina contemporánea, La Luminosa, Buenos Aires, 2014, 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, 2011, 148 p.

2008      Blejmar, Jordana, “Anacronismos”, El río sin orillas. Revista de Filosofía, Cultura y Política, n.2, Buenos Aires, 2008, p. 200-211

 

Awards

 

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 (Saudi Arabia)
Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura (Spain)
Spanish Royal Academy in Rome, Ministry of Cooperation and Foriegn Affairs (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