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b. 1983, Spain

Paloma Polo Biography

Paloma Polo is a Spanish artist and independent researcher based in Utrecht. Between 2007–2009 she attended De Ateliers art residency program (Amsterdam) and in 2010 the Gasworks residency program (London). In 2013 she was tenured as a visiting research fellow at the Centre for International Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, Manila. Her later research explorations were hosted in by Les Laboratoires D'Aubervilliers research and creation institution (Paris). Polo is one of the driving forces of the organization Moving Artists International, and a member of the International League of Peoples' Struggles (ILPS).

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Delving into past events or probing into ongoing conflicts, Paloma Polo's endeavours have progressed alongside a continuing immersion in zones of unrest. It is from the side and the agency of the people in struggle, in the battleground of emancipatory revolutionary processes, that she has situated her investigations. Her proposition is to devise and stage a narrative, a script, that captures the emergence of political thought in the people, in order to explore social configurations as preconditions or potentialities for political change. Such an inquiry entails paying heed to worldviews that are violently suppressed in the making and normalisation of political categories, even emancipatory ones, and has led her to observe social dimensions of concrete struggles that are rendered invisible and remain unrecognised. Storytelling and fictional speculations, materialised audio-visually, are, in her work, a tentative means to fathom the re-molding of social relations in their contradictory movements.

She has exhibited her work individually at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo- CA2M (Madrid), Arts Catalyst (London), Kurimanzutto Gallery (Mexico City), Casa Barragan (Mexico City), Frieze Art Fair (London), Montehermoso Cultural Centre (Vitoria) and SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain (Amsterdam) among other venues. Her work has been featured at the International Exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennial, Turner Contemporary (Kent), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (México), High Line Art (New York), Le Commun.Bâtiment d'art Contemporain (Geneva), Stedelijk Hertogenbosch Museum (Den Bosch), Celje Regional Museum, (Slovenia), Artium Museum (Vitoria) or CGAC, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Compostela) among others. Her works are hosted in big collections as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo- CA2M (Madrid), Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Compostela), Centro Botín y Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (León).

Text courtesy Sabrina Amrani.

Paloma Polo Featured Artworks

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Thrown Shadows by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork painting, print
Paloma PoloThrown Shadows, 2011–2021Pigment print on cotton paper Zerkall Artrag 300gr.
100 x 140 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Simultaneity is not an Invariable Concept by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork sculpture, photography
Paloma PoloSimultaneity is not an Invariable Concept, 2012Collodion wet-plate photographs (ambrotypes), glass plates
20 x 25 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
The Path of Totality by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork moving image
Paloma PoloThe Path of Totality, 2010Projection of 79 slides
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Concepts of Simultaneity by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork photography, moving image
Paloma PoloConcepts of Simultaneity, 201116mm film, colour and sound, 15'22" loop
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
On the Difficulties of Picturing the event by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork works on paper, mixed media
Paloma PoloOn the Difficulties of Picturing the event, 20114 text collages
36 x 28 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
Stills from Others’ Views by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork photography, print
Paloma PoloStills from Others’ Views, 20116 photographic prints
120 x 80 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
The Path of Totality. 77 by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork print
Paloma PoloThe Path of Totality. 77, 2010Digital print on cotton paper
40 x 30 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery
The Path of Totality 76 by Paloma Polo contemporary artwork print
Paloma PoloThe Path of Totality 76, 2010Digital print on cotton paper
40 x 30 cm
Sabrina Amrani Contact Gallery

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