Irene Cruz

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Irene Cruz
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Irene Cruz with camera
Born1987
NationalitySpanish
Known forPhotography, video
Websitewww.irenecruz.com

Irene Cruz is a photographer, director of photography and video artist. She is fully dedicated to photography in various fields: video art, cinema, as well as teaching. Her works have been presented in festivals, fairs and also, individual/group exhibitions around the world, as at the Paris' Tokyo Palais,[1] Círculo de Bellas Artes or the Palacio de Cibeles (Madrid, Spain), The KunstHalle or the Deutsche Oper (Berlín),[2] Project Art Space (Nueva York), Museo de la Universidad de Alicante (MUA)[3] (Alicante, Spain) or Da2[4] (Salamanca, Spain). She currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where she takes advantage of the closeness to nature and the light of the north to incorporate them into her work.

Biography and education[edit]

She received a double degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid[5] in Advertising and Public Relations, and Audiovisual Communication. She then completed the EFTI[6] international master's degree, specializing in Conceptual Photography and Artistic Creation in 2011. In 2013, thanks to a scholarship, she took a specialized course on cinematographic narrative lighting[7] (cinematographic photography direction) at the same center.

After finishing her studies, Irene Cruz began her professional career as a photographer, developing a style centered on the mysterious, private and natural, with light being a very important factor in her work. Later, she also began to work as a video artist, focusing on video as a moving image, maintaining a style very similar to her photography. Later, in 2017, she directed her first feature film as director of photography "Diana"[8] (Alejo Moreno, starring Ana Rujas and Jorge Roldán), which premiered at the Malaga Film Festival 2018, and which has been screened at various festivals and venues in Spain, Germany, USA, Poland, etc.

Irene Cruz has also participated in various fairs such as ARCO[9] or Art Madrid,[10] Positions[11] (Berlin), Art Basel, Photo Basel.[12] In April 2017 she was the guest artist and image of the Photography Festival La Quatrieme Image[13] in Paris and at Photoespaña[14] (Madrid).

She has taught in schools such as EFTI[15] or TMF (Madrid) in ABBE[16] Geneva (Switzerland) Art von Frei,[17] FotoKlubKollektiv[18] or Unicorn (Berlin), Fiftydots or ACLAM in Barcelona . She also teaches this subject at Freie Universität[19] in Berlin or at UAL in London. Among her mentors, Isabel Muñoz stands out (she was his Assistant in 2018 / 2019 in one of her trips to Japan). Eduardo Rodríguez Merchán (Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid) and Venancio Blanco (Artist).

Since December 2019, she is part of the national association AEC (Spanish Association of Directors of Photography) and CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media) and in Berlin she is part of the organization of Stammtisch Women in Cinema Berlin as well as active member of the collective The Women+ Film Network Berlin. As Director of Photography, in addition to "Diana"[20] (Fiction, Alejo Moreno, 101 min, 2018) she has been the DOP of "Hechos Probados"[21] (series of 3 chapters of 60 min each + 1 feature film, TBD, 2020) although she has also made several video clips, advertising campaigns (the last one she directed entirely for Levis, both graphic and audiovisual), video art pieces (highlighting her work at the Deutsche Oper[22] 2014, 2016) and short documentaries.

Style and characteristics of work[edit]

Irene Cruz's work can be framed within conceptual photography.[23][24] One of the characteristics that stand out most in her work is natural light, especially the light from Northern Europe.[25] In her works, the connection between the cultural and natural aspects of life stands out. She is fascinated by the "liminal",[26] such as the transition between day and night or the tranquillity and restlessness, which she tries to capture and transmit with her works.[27]

The characters, both in her photographs and videos, do not usually have a defined character but rather remain anonymous. Their faces are rarely shown, so that the viewer who observes the scene assumes a voyeuristic role, all the more so because these characters are often young women wearing ethereal dresses or nude.[28]

Her works often depict scenes in nature, creating a somber and mysterious atmosphere.[29]

Through her video art and photographs she presents different contexts such as melancholy, loneliness and exploration, all of which are linked to the feeling of loneliness and from a self-referential point of view. An intrinsically personal style can be appreciated in her work as a director of photography.[30]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cuartas, Andres (15 May 2015). "Inauguración WHITEBOX Souvenirs From Earth, International videoart Festival, Palais de Tokio, París Francia". Blog Andres Cuartas. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Ensemble - Deutsche Oper Berlin". deutscheoperberlin.de (in German). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  3. ^ "PhotoAlicante muestra en el MUA 'Urlaub' de Irene Cruz". veu.ua.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  4. ^ "DA2 · Exposición". domusartium2002.com. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Irene Cruz". art-madrid.com. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  6. ^ M, Laura P. (1 February 2016). "Irene Cruz". EFTI | Centro Internacional de Fotografía y Cine (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  7. ^ Anonimo (10 January 2013). "Ganadores del concurso EFTI Network de DICIEMBRE". EFTI | Centro Internacional de Fotografía y Cine (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  8. ^ Diana, ver ahora en Filmin (in Spanish), retrieved 8 June 2020
  9. ^ "#BlumenARCO, instalación sorpresa de Irene Cruz -". PAC (in Spanish). 20 February 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Irene Cruz". art-madrid.com. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Positions Berlin Art Fair". Luisa Catucci Gallery. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  12. ^ "photo basel international art fair". photo basel. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  13. ^ Becquart, Laurène (4 April 2017). "La Quatrième Image : le festival international de la photographie lance sa 4ème édition". Phototrend.fr (in French). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  14. ^ "PHOTOESPAÑA EXPLORA NUEVOS TERRITORIOS FORMALES Y GEOGRÁFICOS EN UNA EDICIÓN QUE CONTARÁ CON 90 EXPOSICIONES DE 530 FOTÓGRAFOS Y ARTISTAS VISUALES". PHotoESPAÑA (in Spanish). 21 March 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  15. ^ M, Laura P. (1 February 2016). "Irene Cruz". EFTI | Centro Internacional de Fotografía y Cine (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Abbe Agency - WE ARE". abbe-agency.com. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  17. ^ "BOOST YOUR ART Career a workshop by Irene Cruz". artconnect.com. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  18. ^ "FotoKlub Kollektiv | Workshop »Community Management for Photographers« by Irene Cruz • PiB – Photography in Berlin". PiB – Photography in Berlin. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  19. ^ "GLOCAL (HI)STORIES - Irene Cruz / Veranstaltungsreihe der Fachschaft". geschkult.fu-berlin.de (in German). 10 November 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  20. ^ Vilela, Antonio Ulloa (4 May 2019). "Irene Cruz" (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  21. ^ 20minutos (2 July 2011). "La miniserie del 11-M se basará en los hechos probados en sentencias y fallos de la Justicia". 20minutos.es - Últimas Noticias (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Ensemble - Deutsche Oper Berlin". deutscheoperberlin.de (in German). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  23. ^ "IRENE CRUZ". THALAMUS (in Spanish). 4 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  24. ^ "Irene Cruz : contemporary Spanish Photographer - Singulart". singulart.com. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  25. ^ "Irene Cruz Fotografía". masdearte. Información de exposiciones, museos y artistas (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  26. ^ "Irene Cruz: "No hay límites. Hay caminos, puentes… La Naturaleza lo es todo"". abc (in Spanish). 8 September 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  27. ^ "A closer look to the philosophical photographer Irene Cruz". Singulart Magazine. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  28. ^ "Irene Cruz: The Muses | Series | impressa magazine". impressa mag. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  29. ^ Admin (9 April 2014). "Enigmatic Photography by Irene Cruz". PhotoArtMag. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  30. ^ "Irene Cruz: mystery and poetry". Virtual Gallery.
  31. ^ "Irene Cruz". TOO MANY FLASH (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  32. ^ "Exposición Premio de Fotografía de Fundación Aena". Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  33. ^ ARTEINFORMADO (3 June 2014). "II Concurso de Fotografía Iberdrola-CFC Bilbao, Concurso, may 2014". ARTEINFORMADO (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  34. ^ "Irene Cruz Primer Premio del II Concurso de Fotografía Iberdola -". PAC (in Spanish). 5 September 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  35. ^ "Irene cruz se muestra en primera persona". Art & Breakfast 5 (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  36. ^ Municio, Publicado por Julio. "Entrevista a Irene Cruz "El inicio de todo trabajo artístico es una reflexión"". Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  37. ^ "Why On White: gestión cultural y arte contemporáneo chino". Retrieved 8 June 2020.

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