Simona Rota

Born in 1979 - Romania


Simona Rota is a Romanian artist born in 1979 in Macin. She earned a MA (Master of Arts) degree in International relations in 2003 and a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Political Science in Bucharest and Barcelona. She studied photography in Madrid as well.

Simona Rota worked as a production coordinator for several exhibitions and architecture ateliers in collaboration with the "Circulo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife" and the Association of Architects of Madrid. Since 2009, she works as a consultant in communication and digital identity in the field of architecture and has collaborated with Menis Arquitectos, the laboratory for Innovation in Architecture, Design and Advanced Tourism of Tenerife and with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Mallorca.

As a photographer, her most famous project is her series of documentary photographs on modern Soviet architecture, commissioned by the Museum of Architecture of Vienna and made between 2010 and 2012 in the countries of the old Soviet Union. She is the author of two photography books: "MissBehave" and "Ostalgia," published in 2013. The latter won the award for best photography book of the year from PhotoEspaña.

Her photographs have been exhibited at the Munich Museum of Architecture, at the Fotocolectania of Kursala, at the Vienna Architecture Museum, the Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia, at the Museum of Art of Sevastopol in Ukraine and at the Museo del Traje, in Madrid.

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"Big Exit", Fotofever, Paris, 2015

“Soviet Modernism. Unknown Masterpieces 1955-1991”, Museum of Architecture of Vienna, opening Nov 2012, itinerant exhibition

“Big Exit”, Escalera de Incendios Gallery, Barcelona, 2012 (solo)

“Talent Latent”, International Festival SCAN, Tarragona, Spain, 2012 (group)

“Eyes on the City”, Stadtmuseum Graz, Graz, Austria, 2012 (group)

“Emergent”, The Private Space, Barcelona, 2012 (group)

“Arte40”, Centro de Arte Complutense, Museo del Traje, Madrid, 2012, (group)

”Emergent. 3 authors”. Valid Foto, Barcelona, 2012 (group)

“No one”, Stuffiinablank gallery online, 2011 - 2012 (group)

"Atlantica Colectivas", Photography Biennial Fotonoviembre11, Tenerife, 2011 (group)

"Puntos de Fuga" at the Ibero American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, Museum of Modern Art, Medellín, Colombia, 2010 (group)

Show of the finalist entries for the "IV International Prize María José Jove", Maria José Jove Foundation, La Coruna, Spain, 2010 (group)

"Balkanology", Museum of Architecture in Vienna, Austria, 2009 (group)


Finalist PhotoEspaña Descubrimientos, Madrid, 2012

Selected for the Independent Art Festival Incubarte, Valencia, 2012

Finalist Arte40, Madrid, 2012

Shortlisted, Photography Award Purificación García 2012

Award Emergent of the Gallery Valid Foto Barcelona, Pati de la Llotja, Lérida 2011

Award Emergent of the Gallery The Private Space, Pati de la Llotja , Lérida 2011

Award of the platform Stuffinablank, Pati de la Llotja, Lérida 2011

Award of the platform El Ciclope Mécanico Pati de la Llotja, Lérida 2011

Finalist International Photography Biennale Fotonoviembre Tenerife, 2011,

Selected portfolio for the International Festival Emergent, Pati de la Llotj, Lérida, 2011

Selected by the International Arts Foundation (FIART) to exhibit at the Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Medellin, Colombia, 2010-2011

2nd Prize portfolios EftiNetwork for "Ostalgia", Madrid, 2011

Finalist International Award Emergent Sorigué, Lérida, 2010

Finalist IV International Award for Fine Arts María José Jove, A Coruña, 2010

Prize of Photography of the Museum of Architecture of Vienna, Austria, 2009

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