Azahara Cerezo
abstract
  • Azahara Cerezo explores public and virtual space in search of relations of invisibility as contradictory elements. Using archive material she explores the idiosyncrasies of each place. When speed skating is brought into the spotlight, is a piece created during her artist residency at the 1646 project space in The Hague, carried out through the residency exchange grant awarded by Bòlit. The work focuses on Antonio Gómez, a Spanish speed skater who competed without any institutional funding, and on the importance of this sport in Dutch society.

  • territory, archive, public space, virtual space, The Hague, speed skating, ice rink, Spanish skater, Antonio Gómez, personality, sports star.
  • Azahara Cerezo | When speed skating is brought into the spotlight, 2014-2015

    This project was developed during her two-month artist residency at the 1646 project space in The Hague, Holland, carried out through the residency exchange grant awarded by the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain. It focuses on Antonio Gómez, a Spanish speed skater who competed in various international competitions without any funding from Spanish institutions. Despite being a complete unknown in Spain, he became a very popular personality in Holland. Speed skating in Holland is almost as important as football and speed skaters enjoy the same recognition and admiration as top footballers. On the basis of these elements, she searches for the relationship between this personal story and other elements, such as the construction of a sports star and the social context, in order to explore Dutch culture and society more deeply.

    The installation consists of two videos (one showing a competition in which the Spanish skater “Speedy Gòmez” takes part, and the other showing the annual preparation of the ice rink in The Hague) and a set of 21 autographs of Dutch skaters, some of which were bought on eBay and some of which are forgeries.

    When speed skating is brought into the spotlight, 2014-2015

    Installation
    Single channel video on loop, HD, colour, sound, 1’30”. 1980
    Single channel video on loop, HD, colour, sound, 2’17”. 2014
    Set of 21 autographs, digitally printed on paper. 2014-2015
    Varying sizes

    Exhibition and creative process

    interview
    biography

    Azahara Cerezo

    Girona, 1988
    Lives and works in Girona

    In her work she explores public and virtual space in search of relations of invisibility as contradictory elements of the territory. She uses archive material to develop creative processes. Her projects question urban space, history, customs and people in order to explain the idiosyncrasies of each place and situation. Her work highlights the differences that exist between the physical and digital dimension as processes of globalisation. Through meticulous field work, she achieves a good understanding of places in order to explore in depth their personal and social aspects.

    Her works are often generated in artist residencies and/or in collaboration with other artists, reformulating her own artistic practice. Generally speaking, they consist of online actions, experimental videos and installations.

    She holds a Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2010) and a Master’s Degree in Multimedia and Visual Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (2011).

    She has exhibited her work in “Especies de espacios”, at the MACBA, Barcelona (2015); in “The culture of ageing”, at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta, (2015); in the Ingràvid Festival 2015 at the Santa Mònica Art Centre, Barcelona, Spain, and at the Empordà Museum, Figueres, Spain; in “Arquitecturas de soledad”, at the FIArt Foundation, Madrid, Spain (2015); in “We are here because you were/are (t)here”, at Das weisse haus, Vienna, Austria (2014); in “On meditation”, at the Cercle Artístic de Sant Lluc, Barcelona, Spain (2014); and in “Look into the net”, at the Edith Russ Haus fur Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany (2014), among many others.

    She has received the Bòlit Mentor grant, Girona, Spain (2015); the Roberto Cimetta Fund travel grant, Paris, France (2015); and the BaumannLab creative grant, Terrassa, Spain (2015).

    She has completed creative residencies at Nau Estruch in Sabadell, Spain (2015); at 1646, The Hague, Holland (2014); at the Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2014); at the MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (T.R.I.B.E. network); and at the Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2012). She worked as an intern at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was awarded a Leonardo da Vinci grant by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2012).