The main focus of my artistic practice lies on observing, analyzing and questioning societal norms and behaviours.
I often observe myself and others with the fascination of a scientist, trying to understand the motives behind our actions and how we construct our identity in relation to our environment. In my films and projects I propose or highlight situations that encourage audiences and participants -including myself- to self-reflect and unlearn imposed beliefs, by creating new meaning in playful or poetic ways.
My methodology is process-based, improvised and experimental. Starting each project with a question, my work evolves organically as answers and new questions arise in the making. Not-knowing is both a challenge and comfort zone to be at to learn and surprise myself.
Irene Izquierdo (she/her, they/them) is a Spanish filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist and teacher based in Berlin. She has a background in Documentary Direction (filmArche, Berlin), Art in Public Space (MFA, Bauhaus-Uni Weimar), Fine Arts (Licentiate, Universidad de Salamanca/Erasmus, Kunsthochschule Kassel), Education and Self-Organization.
Her personal work consists mostly of short essay films and participatory projects. Among other things, she gave a haircut in front of the Brandenburger Tor while interviewing her customer about the meaning of actions in public spaces, narrated a fictional utopian past inspired by the ruins of a garden colony in Berlin, observed a group of bird watchers at a cemetery from the point of view of a disembodied presence, and investigated what fingernails can tell us about people.
As a freelance filmmaker, Irene has directed, shot and edited several image films and videos for conferences and festivals on the topics of education, diversity, intersectional feminism and art, and combines her film-making practice with mentoring documentary film projects at the independent school filmArche, and giving film and art workshops.
Irene has participated in projects, residencies and exhibitions internationally: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (GE); Viva! Art Action Festival, Skol, Montreal (CA); Nairobi National Museum (KE); Goethe Institut, Nairobi (KE); Euro-Latin Performance Tour in Berlin (GE); Actualitas. Kunst vor Ort, Braunschweig (GE); The Basement, Brighton (UK); Laboratory of the Arts, Museo Patio Herreriano, Sala de las Francesas, Valladolid (ES).
She is currently working on a series of video-conversations on Black Feminisms in Germany in cooperation with Chima Ugwouke; developing “Castilla sin nombre” (working title), a poetic autobiographical film about identity linked to a territory; and an essay film questioning normative notions of sexuality and relationships.