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Isabel Espinoza

Born in 1969 - Ecuador

BIOGRAPHY

Isabel Espinoza is an Ecuadorian artist who lives and works between Puerto Quito (Ecuador) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

The work of Isabel Espinoza cannot be confined to a single medium: drawing, sculpture, painting, installations, performance, the Ecuadorian artist invests herself physically in her work in which the void and the space occupy a primary role. For the last ten years, Isabel Espinoza - who has also studied anthropology - has been exploring the theme of identity.

First -- individual identities, with her Metafora de los Escudos (Metaphor of Shields) series. Her large shields in transparent paper, that she produces herself from vegetal fibers, are symbols of both pride and fragility, of an identity that has to be preserved.

In her series Centros y Debordes (Centers and overflows), Isabel explores the concept of global identity: in the age of communication, when singularities disappear in favor of a world "culture", how can we define ourselves? Who is surrounding us, are we at the center or at the periphery? How are identities formed, how do they face each other, how do they mix?

The element that unifies these works can also be found in the paper support: the paper that she makes herself in Ecuador or the paper on which she paints. After all, "papel" means in Spanish both "paper" and "role"...

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
" Tourbillons ", Galerie Lazarew, Paris (France)

2011
“Metáforas”, Menéndez Galería, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

2009
“Hilaciones”, Centro Cultural de Recoleta, Buenos-Aires (Argentina)

2008
Installation “Landmark”, ARTECLASICA 2008, Buenos-Aires (Argentina)

2007
“Metáfora de los Escudos”, Galerie Federico Towpyha, Buenos-Aires (Argentina)

2004
Installation “Energía en movimiento” and “Las cartas que nunca escribí”, Mino, Washi Paper Museum, Mino (Japan)
Installation “Metáfora de los Escudos” , Bunkakaika, Mino (Japan)

2003
Installation “Metáfóra de la Desmembración” (“ La Métaphore du Démembrement “), Galerie González Guzmán, Quito, (Ecuador)
Installation “Devolviendo la Mirada” (“Renvoyant le regard”), Centro Cultural Citibank, Asunción (Paraguay)

AWARDS

2007
Represents Equador at the Biennial “Soportes No Convencionales”, Quito, (Ecuador)

2005
Prix “Lantern Art Exibition”, Mino (Japan)

2004
Mino Paper Art village, Artists in Residence Grant, Mino (Japan)
Represents Ecuador at the International Cuenca Biennial (Equador)

2003 Mention d’honneur au Salon National des Arts de Quito (Equador)

2000
“Museo del Barro” Grant, (Paraguay)
Rockefeller Foundation grant, Project “Identidades en Tránsito”, Asunción (Paraguay)

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