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Irene Cruz

Irene Cruz (Madrid, 1987) is a Photographer, Cinematographer and Video artist. She was born in Madrid 1987 and is currently based in Berlin. She earned the bachelor’s degree in Advertisement & Public Relations and Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She followed with getting the International Masters at EFTI specializing in Conceptual Photography and Artistic Creation.
At the inception of her artistic development she was highly influenced by course on the Narrative effects of light (Cinematography).

The use of Light and its aesthetic reverberations is for instance a very important part of her work which led her to explore and experiment with it in the Northern Europe countries.

Her resume features more than 400 exhibitions, video installations and festivals, all over the world (in important places like Palais de Tokyo -Paris-, Project Art Space -NYC-, Kunsthalle & Deutsche Oper -Berlin-, Círculo de Bellas Artes -Madrid-, MUA Alicante, Da2 Salamanca Museum, etc.).

Irene Cruz also participated in important Art Fairs such as ARCO or Art Madrid, Positions (Berlin), MIA (Milan), Art Basel… In April 2017, Irene Cruz was the guest artist of La Quatrième Image photography fair in Paris.

She has won several awards, including a second prize in Fototalentos (organized by the Banco Santander Foundation in 2010), the second prize in AENA Foundation Photography Contest and the first prize in Iberdrola Photography contest in 2014. She was also awarded by the International platform Elmur.net for the best video artwork of 2014.

Cruz has participated in the renowned festival Photoespaña for the last 6 years for different galleries and art spaces. She was also highlighted as the emerging artist with the most international projection prospects by an art specialist jury of Why on White, composed by some of the most prominent gallerists and cultural managers in recent years.

Nowadays she combines her work on fine art photography with teaching in several Schools and Universities in Europe, and her works as a videographer for Music Videos, Video art pieces, commercials and documentary films. During 2017 Cruz first performed as a DoP for a feature film on Alejo Moreno’s Spanish Independent film “Diana”, which was been selected in several international film festivals (Málaga, Montreal, Paris…) and has already premiered in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Germany and the USA.

Her artworks are also part of important international collections.

Irene Cruz

Irene Cruz (Madrid, 1987) is a Photographer, Cinematographer and Video artist. She was born in Madrid 1987 and is currently based in Berlin. She earned the bachelor’s degree in Advertisement & Public Relations and Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She followed with getting the International Masters at EFTI specializing in Conceptual Photography and Artistic Creation.
At the inception of her artistic development she was highly influenced by course on the Narrative effects of light (Cinematography).

The use of Light and its aesthetic reverberations is for instance a very important part of her work which led her to explore and experiment with it in the Northern Europe countries.

Her resume features more than 400 exhibitions, video installations and festivals, all over the world (in important places like Palais de Tokyo -Paris-, Project Art Space -NYC-, Kunsthalle & Deutsche Oper -Berlin-, Círculo de Bellas Artes -Madrid-, MUA Alicante, Da2 Salamanca Museum, etc.).

Irene Cruz also participated in important Art Fairs such as ARCO or Art Madrid, Positions (Berlin), MIA (Milan), Art Basel… In April 2017, Irene Cruz was the guest artist of La Quatrième Image photography fair in Paris.

She has won several awards, including a second prize in Fototalentos (organized by the Banco Santander Foundation in 2010), the second prize in AENA Foundation Photography Contest and the first prize in Iberdrola Photography contest in 2014. She was also awarded by the International platform Elmur.net for the best video artwork of 2014.

Cruz has participated in the renowned festival Photoespaña for the last 6 years for different galleries and art spaces. She was also highlighted as the emerging artist with the most international projection prospects by an art specialist jury of Why on White, composed by some of the most prominent gallerists and cultural managers in recent years.

Nowadays she combines her work on fine art photography with teaching in several Schools and Universities in Europe, and her works as a videographer for Music Videos, Video art pieces, commercials and documentary films. During 2017 Cruz first performed as a DoP for a feature film on Alejo Moreno’s Spanish Independent film “Diana”, which was been selected in several international film festivals (Málaga, Montreal, Paris…) and has already premiered in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Germany and the USA.

Her artworks are also part of important international collections.

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I am someone that can’t live without creating. I’m in love with Berlin’s blue-light and weather, I actually moved here from Spain because of that, even if it sounds a bit crazy. My name is Irene Cruz, and I am a photographer, cinematographer, performer, and video artist. I sometimes teach in different schools and universities, I love to create little photobooks with my hands, and I also love to show my work, and discuss with the others about the philosophy and ideas that fill my mind. My artworks have been exhibited, at the moment, in more than 350 art fairs, exhibitions, and festivals all over the world.
Irene Cruz

Interview with Irene Cruz

(originally published on Singulart Magazine)

Q: How did you find your voice as an artist?
IC: Spending time with myself is important. I normally live in my parallel world half of the time. I’m not scared of failure, what is important to me to create, I believe that nothing we do is by accident. By failing I learn about what I can improve and what I don’t like, which is also important.  I love to daydream. I give myself plenty of time to think, to write the things I connect with on a note book. With this in mind, I try my artworks to be a mirror of my inner universe as much as I can.

Q:Could you describe your procedure for a new photo project?
IC: I look within myself, for which I normally start drawing and painting on a notebook the images that appear in my mind. I also write down other ideas that may emanate from the main one. In Berlin it is very easy for me to find the places I imagine.
When I have an initial idea, I ask myself a lot of questions about it, I ask others about their own thoughts. I read about it, and I start a creative process to express it through my photographic language. When the idea starts to be solid, I prepare the shootings. Sometimes I need an assistant, because normally I shoot when its raining, or I am working inside of a lake. Since I work 99% of the times with natural light, I only shoot when light condition is best outside. I feel comfortable in blue-lights, I feel it truly represents the spirit of my work and that is the most important thing for me. If I don’t like the light, I don’t work.

Q: Where comes your inspiration from?
IC: No idea ever comes to me suddenly; it sits inside me for a while until it reaches the surface. I am not sure where exactly my ideas come from. Berlin, and the experiences that I have here really help on that, it is an amazing place to create. It is very important to feeling inspired to go elsewhere: to move away from the city and into the forest. I also enjoy to sit on a plane and disconnect from the world for a number of hours. Train journeys are good. Sometimes I sit on the Berliner ring S- Bahn as it loops around the city.
I observe people; I watch movies or music videos, I read, I think about the conversations that I have. Sometimes the inspiration comes from the imagination that awakens the books that I read, mostly of them, philosophy or sociology of authors like Nietzsche, Simmel, Ritter, Spinoza, Heidelberg, or Sennett. These are some of my favourites.

Q: Which artists impressed you the most?
IC: I am especially fascinated by filmmaker Terrance Malick, I would say that he is my big reference. I love his way of working, his way of telling stories. I also love the work of Mona Kuhn (a great brazilian photographer I follow), Bill Viola, Gregory Crewdson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Lance Acord or Michel Gondry…

 

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