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Elena Bajo is an artist, choreographer and co-founder of the LA collective D’CLUB dedicated to climate action. After obtaining a degree in Pharmacology from the Complutense University in Madrid, (Spain) she received an MA in Genetic Architecture from ESARQ, School of Architecture at International University of Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) and a MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art, University of Arts, London (UK). She has studied Laban / Bartenieff Movement Principles with Eva Blaschke, Christel Büche and Jan Burkhardt at TanzFabrik, Center for Contemporary Dance, Berlin She was a co-founder of the temporary art project EXHIBITION 211, in New York.  She has taught and lectured at Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin; Goldsmith’s College, London; Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence; and Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield among other institutions. 

She has exhibited and performed among others at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York, US; Movement Research, New York, US; C Room 1, Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany; A Performance Affair, APA, Brussels, Belgium; Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, US; Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona; Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico; Garcia Galeria, Madrid; Annex14, Zurich, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil; Stacion, Pristina, Kosovo; Artium Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain; and group shows at 44th Salon Nacional de Artistas, Pereira, Colombia; Kai 10 Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf; David Roberts Foundation. London; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; 3rd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Performa Biennial, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; Perform now, LA;  Dry Lake Desert, California and the dunes of the Sahara Desert, Morocco. Awarded residencies at Skowhegan, Maine; ISCP, in New York; Ratti Foundation in Como, Italy; Gabriel Orozco Workshop Fellowship, Botin Foundation, Spain; Goldrausch in Berlin, Germany. She has recently received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant award; and in 2017 she received the Audemars Piguet award, ArcoMadrid and  the Botin Foundation International Visual Arts Grant award. Recent contributions to publications include On Violence, E.R.O.S, London; Without an Object, Art Journal, Cuenca College of Arts, Spain.  Recently she has released an artist monograph Critical Lexicon of Contemporary Art (KUENSTLER. Kritisches Lexikon de Gegenwartskunstliterary). 

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2005 MA Fine Arts Central Saint Martins School of Art London UK

2006 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Maine US

Selected Solo Exhibitions / Performances

2017 Elena Bajo The Owl of Minerva only Flies at Dusk (Urania’s Mirror) Parallel Oaxaca Mexico DF MX

2017 Elena Bajo All Tangled Up in a Fading Star ArcoMadrid Audemars Piguet Award Madrid ES

2016 Elena Bajo Throwing Car Parts from a Cliff before Sunrise Garcia Galeria Madrid ES

2016 Elena Bajo Victory Over the Sun D+T Project Gallery Brussels BE

2015 Elena Bajo Isle of Innocence After Fordlandia Kunsthalle São Paulo BR(c)

2015 Elena Bajo Time is the Form of the Object Annex14 Zurich CH

2014 Elena Bajo With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch) 18th Street Arts Center LA US (c) (+Performance)

2014 Elena Bajo Timeless Considerations Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina Kosov (+Performance)

2014 Elena Bajo A Universe comes into Being ARTIUM Basque Museum-Vitoria-Gasteiz ES (c) (+Performance)

2014 Elena Bajo The Absence of Work D+T Project Gallery Brussels BE (c) 

2014 Elena Bajo An Arbitrary Issue Garcia Galeria Madrid ES (c)

2013 Elena Bajo La Femme Radicale or The Point of No Return D+T Project Brussels BE

2013 Elena Bajo Opening - Solo Objects D+T Project ARCO Art Fair Madrid ES

Selected Group Exhibitions / Performances                                                                                                                                                                  

2019 I want to know Now Center of Contemporary Art Complutense University Madrid ES

2018 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts EFA New York NY US (Performance)

2018 Movement Research New York NY US  (Performance) 

2018 A Performance Affair APA Vanderborght Espace Brussels BE (Performance)

2018 Triple Expansion C-Room Priska Pasquer Gallery Cologne DE (+Performance)

2018 LAMAG, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery Los Angeles CA US (c)

2018 The Pleiades (Anarchoreographies) Blue Project Foundation Barcelona ES (Performance)

2018 Itinerarios XXIV Visual Arts Grants Botin Foundation Centro Botin Santander ES (c)

2018 White Covers Frederic de Goldschmidt Collection Brussels BE

2017 Modus Operandi Societe Brussels BE

2016 Aun 44th Salon Nacional de Artistas Co-curated by Inti Guerrero Pereira CO (c) (+Performance)

2016 Take Up your Space Kai 10 Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, DE (Performance)

2016 Not really really Frederic de Goldschmidt Collection Brussels BE

2016 Scenes with Flat Objects Travesia Cuatro Gallery Guadalajara MX

2015 Plagiarizing the Future Curated by Andrea Rodriguez Hangar Lisbon PT (+Performance)

2015 Trust The Palace Kunsthal Charlottenborg Curated by Sonia Dermience Copenhagen DK (c)

2015 Mythologies 3rd Mardin Biennial Mardin Turkey

2015 Theorem Curated by Octavio Zaya Mana Contemporary Art Center Newark NJ US

2014 If I Can’t Dance It’s not my Revolution Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Haverford College Phil US (c)

2013 Original Doubt Plataforma Revolver Curated by A Rodriguez V Valentini Lisbon PT

2013 Zero Hours Art Sheffield 2013 Sheffield UK

2013 Vers une Hypothese Fort Du Bruissin Curated A Rodriguez Xll Lyon Biennial Lyon FR (c) (+Performance)

2013 Material Conceptualism Der Trost der Dinge Anaant and Zoo Gallery Berlin DE (c)

2013 Throw a Rock and see what happens Curated by Juan Canela La Casa Encendida Madrid ES (+Performance)

2013 Can't Hear my Eyes Curated by Niekolaas Lekkerkerk Nogueras Blanchard Madrid ES (c)

Grants & Awards

2018 Foundation for Contemporary Arts E Grant New York NY US 

2017 Visual Arts Grant Fundacion Botin ES 

2017 MadridArco Audemars Piguet Award for the Production of an artwork Madrid Spain

2015 Mobility Grant AC/E (PICE) Accion Cultural Spain Mardin Biennial Mardin Turkey

2015 Grant AC/E Accion Cultural Spain Kunsthalle Sao Paulo BR

2014 Artist in Residence Lab 18th St Arts Center Los Angeles US