(Madrid. 1987) Irene Cruz is a photographer and video-artist, living and working in Berlin. She studied Advertisement & Public Relations and also Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After this, she took part at the International Masters at EFTI, specializing in Conceptual Photography and Artistic Creation and participated also in the course about Narrative effects of light (Cinematography).
Light is indeed a very important part of her work which makes her explore and experiment in the Northern Europe countries.
She has in her CV more than 300 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 Museums, etc.). She also participated in important Art Fairs such as ARCO or Art Madrid, Positions (Berlin), Art Basel… In April 2017, Irene Cruz will be the invited artist of La Quatrième Image art fair in Paris.
She has won several prizes, 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. Irene Cruz was also awarded by the International platform Elmur.net for the best video art of 2014.
She has participated in the festival Photoespaña several times since 2012 in different galleries and art spaces, being the youngest artist that has taken part in this festival. She was also rewarded as the emerging artist with the most international renown by the art specialist jury of Why on White, composed by the most important gallerists and cultural managers of the moment.
Her artworks are also part of important international collections.
“My Artwork is about mystery, privacy, integration with the landscape … Making my work away from customization to represent universal emotions and feelings. Another distinguishing feature is the light, a light of sunset, a cold light …that’s “my light”, I always feel very big attraction that light dim and intimate, subdued, serene, enveloping the stage. Rarely I show faces in my photos. Although I think the main key is what means the word “liminal” (referring to a position of an initial stage of a process, or be on both sides of a boundary or threshold). I mean, are between day and night, between the tranquility and restlessness. Is not a limit. It is a road, a bridge. Nature is everything.”