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Teresa Solar

Teresa Solar works across sculpture, video, drawing and photography. Her audio-visual practice has been mostly focused on language, translation, and the construction of meaning. These topics remain at the core of her practice, but nowadays they are tackled mainly through sculpture. The tactile quality is fundamental in the artist’s sculptural practice, which focuses mainly on ceramics but also includes materials like fabric or metal.

Solar’s imaginary has a strong narrative drive and her creative process often begins with the discovery of a story or an idea that she later explores in depth. Her exhibitions usually function as an entire whole, creating complex worlds that either draw from literary works of fiction, Natural History or more terrestrial narratives that are close to her personal story.

The daughter of a Spanish father and an Egyptian mother, Solar speaks Arabic, but she can’t read or write it, and this circumstance has greatly imbued her work, in which everything is a game with transit, language and its changing translation processes. The cultural and linguistic implications of her dual identity are palpable in her work as she constantly explores the transformation of matter, her objects constituting a hybrid between the manmade, the natural and the mythical.

Teresa Solar

Installation view: Pumping Station
at Travesía Cuatro CDMX
2018
Courtesy Teresa Solar and Travesía Cuatro

Teresa Solar

AMHEEEEEH, Pasta, Maquinaria de bombeo
enameled ceramic
70 x 15 x 15 cm
2019
Courtesy Teresa Solar and Travesía Cuatro

Teresa Solar

over the Texas' ceramic sky
enameled ceramic, rope
20 x 20 x 15 cm
2017
Courtesy Teresa Solar and Travesía Cuatro

Teresa Solar

Installation view: Flotation line at Der TANK, Institut Kunst Basel
2018
Courtesy Teresa Solar and Travesía Cuatro

Teresa Solar

Installation view: Ride, ride, ride
at Matadero Madrid
painted wood
1200 x 400 x 40 cm
2018
Courtesy Teresa Solar and Travesía Cuatro

Teresa Solar

Installation view: Ride, ride, ride: Godess Nut
at Matadero Madrid
painted wood
1200 x 400 x 40 cm
2018
Courtesy Teresa Solar and Travesía Cuatro

Teresa Solar

Pumping station
resin, bronze studs
400 x 150 x 150 cm
2017
Courtesy Teresa Solar and Travesía Cuatro

Born 1985 in Madrid, ES

Lives and works in Madrid, ES

 

Education

2009

  • MA in cultural studies, UEM, Madrid, ES

 

2008

  • BA in Fine Arts, UCM, Madrid, ES

 

Residencies

2018

  • TBA21 | New Zealand expedition, NZ

 

2016

  • Schloss Solitude | Stuttgart, DE

 

2010

  • Glogauair residency, Berlin | Comunidad de Madrid, ES

 

Solo and Duo Exhibitions  (Selection)

2019

  • Pumping Station | Galería Travesía Cuatro Ciudad de México, MX
  • Remove Fear | ARCO art fair, Galería Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, ES

 

2018

  • Ride, ride, ride | Abierto x obras, Matadero Madrid, ES

 

2017

  •  Ground Control | Joan Prats Gallery, Barcelona, ES

 

2016

  • The circular desk | La Panera, Lleida, ES

 

2015

  • The night is dark enough for us to see it | The Green Parrot, Barcelona, ES

 

2014

  • All the things that are not there | Matadero Madrid, ES
  • Foreign Office | Galería Formato Cómodo, Madrid, ES

 

2012

  • No heroics, please | CA2M, Madrid, ES
  • The multiple plain | Formato Cómodo Gallery, Madrid, ES
  • The ambassadors | Centro Párraga, Murcia, ES

 

2010

  • The ambassadors | Vall Ortí gallery, Valencia, ES

 

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2020

  • SQUISH | Efremidis Gallery, Berlin, DE (upcoming)

 

2019

  • Una dimensión ulterior | Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, ES

 

2018

  • The Broken Shell of the Hermit Crab | Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, PT
  • Querer parecer noche | CA2M, Madrid, ES
  • Schmalz | Espacio Guimaraes, Vienna, AT
  • Flotation Line, Der Tank | Gallery Weekend Barcelona, ES
  • Flotation Line, Der Tank | Kunst Institue Basel, CH
  • Doing things with words | Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE
  • ARCO |  section The Future, Madrid, ES
  • Blind Faith | Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE

 

2017

  • La Fin de Babylone | Sculpture Park, Köln, DE
  • Theater of Measurement | Kunstverein Munich, ES
  • ARCO Art Fair | Joan Prats Gallery, Madrid, ES

 

2016

  • One way ticket | Antofagasta, CL.
  • Cuestionamiento:Territorio | Sala de Arte Joven Avenida de América, Madrid, ES
  • Art Situacions | Matadero Madrid, ES
  • Itinerarios: renderizando la realidad | Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, ES
  • Long live the old flesh | Nogueras Blanchard Gallery, ES

 

2015

  • Panera art biennial | Lleida, ES
  • Best new artists | Jugada a tres bandas, Madrid, ES
  • Mount Analogue | Invaliden Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Material Girls | SWAB Barcelona, ES
  • Aqui hay dragones | Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES
  • All the things that are not there | Festival FID Marseille, FR
  • All the things that are not there | Festival Pariscience, FR
  • All the things that are not there | Festival Márgenes: Madrid, ES, México, MX, Chile, CL

 

2014

  • Production grant | Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, ES

 

2013

  • Generaciones exhibition | Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES
  • Iceberg 2 | Matadero, Madrid, ES

 

Awards and Grants

2017

  • Alhambra prize, Madrid, ES

 

2016

  • Finalist at the Rolex initiative for mentors and protégés, ES

 

2012

  • Generaciones art prize, Fundación Caja Madrid, ES

 

2011

  • Finalist at the ABC art prize, ES
  • Production grant CAM, ES

 

2010

  • First Prize at Tentaciones, Feria Estampa, Madrid, ES

 

Positions of Responsibilities

2010

  • Visiting teacher at the Stuttgart Kunst Akademie , DE
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