in residency: Beatriz Olabarrieta


2_10 – 30_11_2017


Beatriz Olabarrieta (Bilbao, SP) is an artist living and working in London. She graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 2004 and the Royal College of Art in 2007. Olabarrieta constructs sculptural installations that combine objects made of lo-fi building materials with short looped video sequences. Her exhibitions are sites for examining and generating performance and writing; each configuration is a stage for open-ended scenarios to unfold.
Recent solo shows include: Clever to follow goat, Antoine Levi, Paris; Book! Dont tell me what to do, Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico City (2017); Dumb Bells, Saturdays Live, Serpentine Galleries (2016); Cosmic Clap, MOT International, London (2015); Plot Bunny, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2015). Recent group shows include Assorted Paper, The Sunday Painter, London (2017); All Over, Studio Leigh, London (2016) and The boys the girls and the political, Lisson Gallery, London (2015). In 2016, Olabarrieta completed the Platform residency at Site Gallery in Sheffield and has recently been awarded the Joanna Drew Travel Bursary towards a research trip to Japan.



The residency of Beatriz Olabarrieta is organised in collaboration with Emma.


Emma is a self-organised collaborative and curatorial organisation for artistic and cultural practices that encourages dialogue and exploration in the arts by creating learning and residential opportunities for artists and other cultural producers through diverse forms of presence such collective gatherings and presentations. Beatriz Olabarrieta is Emma’s artist fellow 2017.


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