Elena Lavellés
1981, Madrid, Spain

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.

In her projects she establishes a geopolitical conversation between different regions within a historical-temporal cycle, establishing a dialogue between case studies on local and intermediate scales that illustrate a larger picture. .

Her ideas and artistic process involve other artists, scientists, academics, and activist organizations from different fields invested in promoting social and cultural empowerment as tools for expanding art and creativity. The goal is to expand the way in which people can create alternative ways of living, understanding the world, and collaborating to make change possible. In the process, she is committed to exploring the relationship between race, class, gender, and nature in the current moment of climate crisis and return of nationalism, euro-skepticism, and anti-immigration attitudes, since the impacts of these issues are not equally distributed between social classes and geographies.

She aims to investigate experiences that are considered belonging to the other but are not just so, using ecological analysis as a means of understanding human history. This implies pluralizing geological and historical thought as a political project of resisting, transforming or escaping the western tradition within the scope of environmental history.