Irene Izquierdo is a Spanish filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. She studied Fine Arts in Salamanca and Kassel and the MFA Art in Public Space and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. In 2009 she co-founded Process Institute (process-institute.com), a collective working on context based participatory projects.
Irene just finished her Documentary Direction studies at filmArche (filmarche.de), the biggest self-organized film school in Europe, and has already directed, shot and edited several documentary shorts and is working on her first documentary feature film. She also works as an art facilitator and global learning tutor.
My interdisciplinary practice deals with topics such as the social production of space, behavioral consensus and identity. I am very interested in perception, in the connection of the self with the environment, and in how space and time shape people’s interactions, specially in urban settings.
I enjoy context based works the most. I aim to create situations in which the audience/participants and myself meet the absurd or unexpected. This way, the meaning of norm has to be redefined and the construction of the self turns visible, enabling new connections and relations. I find my work both playful and provocative.
Experimenting, self-reflection and intuition play a big role in my artistic practice. Trained originally in the fields of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, my curious nature led me towards other media: art in public space, participation, performance, video, exchange platforms, dance, voice… In the last years sound, music and specially experimental and essayistic non-fictional forms of representation have received most of my energy and thoughts.
At the same time, I try to question the media I work with and the realm of art itself, understanding both as another space or environment that shapes who we are and how we see the world.