The Excitement of Ownership, 2019, 2-channel video/room installation
Eli Cortiñas appropriates already existing films, de- and re-constructing identities and narratives according to her own discursive needs. In several video installations, she has reviewed the role assigned to women through film and other media. The often misleading construction of western imagery alongside Hollywood ethnography forms the focus of some of her latest artistic investigation. In her most recent project she delves into the ecology and the appearance of objects. Th is video, entitled Walls Have Feelings, opens on to the microcosm of dictators’ work spaces, gradually unveiling the protagonists of the film: office rooms and walls, which contain, hide or reinforce invisible forms of power. In densely-woven collages of text and moving images, the artist traces the reciprocal projections and magical transformations facilitated by cinema in particular, adding to them her own recorded material and strategically chosen stock footage from commercial archives. Cortiñas will offer a view of her artistic research alongside her latest video works.
Eli Cortiñas is a video artist of Cuban descent, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES) in 1979. She was guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel (DE) and the Art Academy Mainz (DE), as well as invited lecturer at the HGB Leipzig (DE) and the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe (DE). Cortiñas has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including from Fundación Botín, Berlin Senate, Villa Sträuli, Kunstfonds, Goethe Institute, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Rupert, Villa Massimo and Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff. Her artistic practice can be located within the appropriation tradition, using already existing cinema to de- and re-construct identities as well as narratives according to new discourses. Her collage-like video essays and installations mix found imagery with documentary strategies.
Solo exhibitions 2019Always bite the hand that feeds you, Convent Space for Contemporary Art, Ghent (BE). Walls Have Feelings, Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels. 2018Remixers Never Die, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Vilnius. 2017Double Feature: Eli Cortiñas, SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main (DE). 2016The most given of givens, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels. 2015Five easy pieces and some words of wisdom, Soy Capitán, Berlin. 12 x 12, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.
Group exhibitions 2018 Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga. Focus Eli Cortiñas, International Film Festival Gijón, Gijón (ES). Melancholia, Villa Empain, Fondation Borghossian, Brussels. 2017Film Footage Photography. Eli Cortiñas, Angelo Novi, Martina Sauter, Museum für Photographie, Brunswick (DE). Ten emerging artists. Contemporary experimental films and video art from Germany, Goethe Institute, Toronto (CA). 2016The human condition, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.
Publications Eli Cortiñas – The Most Given of Givens, exh. cat., Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendium, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Berlin 2016. Eli Cortiñas – What About Tropical Delights in Neoliberal Times?, exh. cat., Centro de Arte La Regenta, Centro Átlantico de Arte Moderno, Sala San Antonio Abad, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2015.