Elena Lavellés
1981, Madrid, Spain

Spanish visual artist and filmmaker, she has lived and worked between New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Madrid.

Her work is characterized by a broad process of theoretical and field research, which explores correspondences between social strata and geological layers. These connections unfold a fabric of expanded political geology in which she focuses on the evolution of capitalism, the impact of the exploitation of natural and human resources, as well as movements of social resistance from the colonial period to the present. In this process, she creates spaces of experience where photography, video and sound are integrated with natural sculptural objects and archive material to immerse herself in an ecological zone of interconnections.

She has been part of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, completed her MFA in Photography & Media and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts-CalArts, studied an MFA in Contemporary Art at the European University of Madrid and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at CES Felipe II (Complutense University of Madrid). She has studied Geology and Philosophy at UCM.

She has exhibited and screened her work in places such as MeetFactory (Prague), CalArts (Los Angeles), Elizabeth Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York City), Alberto Mena Camaño Museum (Quito), Museum of Contemporary Arts Belgrade, Institute of Contemporary Arts of Singapore (Singapore), Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, Carrillo Gil Museum (Mexico City), Matadero Madrid and La Casa Encendida (Madrid) among others.

Sh has received different awards, scholarships and residencies such as Generations 2018. La Casa Encendida, MonteMadrid Foundation (Madrid, Multiverso Scholarship for the Creation of Video Art Fundación BBVA 2017 (Bilbao), 2017 Blueproject Foundation Residency (Barcelona), 2017 Centro de Residencias Artísticas Matadero Madrid, NYSCA 2017 Electronic Media & Film Finishing Fund Grant (New York, USA), Excellence Fellowship from the Mexican Government for Art Production, 2015 (Mexico City, Mexico), Efroymson Family Foundation Project Grant (Indianapolis, USA). ), Bartman Grant (Los Angeles, USA) or Artist Residency Tropical Lab 8, 2014 (Singapore).