Cristina Garrido

Cristina Garrido

Artist selected by Armengol, David at 2011
More artist content updated at 2016

I am interested in the metamorphosis of value – both commercial and utilitarian – of certain objects or spaces. I pause to observe the different factors that cause these perceptive transformations inside and outside the art world. 

In my practice I work with what I have at my disposal. I begin with the analysis of an object I find, borrow or purchase; from there, I look for ways of subverting and highlighting these shifts of status, by using processes such as the intervention, the reinterpretation or the collection of the documents I select. 



Cristina Garrido
Madrid, 1986.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.


Formación Académica/Education
MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London.


MAC+I, Master en Arte, Creación e Investigación, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


BA (Hons) Drawing, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London.


Licenciada en Bellas Artes, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
For Immediate Release, Louis 21 The Gallery, Palma de Mallorca.

Inquieta Calma / Restless Calm, AJG Contemporary Art Gallery, Sevilla.
Removals, Espacio f, Madrid.
Mudanzas, Espacio F, Madrid.


Un Silencio Activo, Espacio Menosuno, Madrid.


Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions
Appropriation Beyond the Object, Banner Repeater, London.
Curators´ Network: Let un be known; let us be seen, and let us shine. Matadero Madrid, Madrid.
Postcard Narratives. Jeremy Cooper & invited artists. ROOM Artspace, London.
La Palabra Transformada. Carlos Garaicoa Open Studio 8.0, Madrid.


Àmbits d'intrusió, Centre Cívic Can Felipa, Barcelona.
Artist´s Postcards, Spike Island, Bristol.
ICEBERG#1. Matadero Madrid, Madrid.


Curators´ Network / Showroom, Matadero Madrid, Madrid.
Reflejos, OTR Espacio de Arte, Madrid.
ART<30_2011, concurso de pintura y fotografía. Sala Parés, Barcelona; Facultad de Bellas Artes Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Facultad de Bellas Artes, Sevilla; Sala Municipal d’Exposicions, Valencia.
CCW Salon Series, Chisenhale Gallery, London; New Gallery, London.
Minor Revisions, TENDERPIXEL Gallery, London.


(in)visibilidad y (des)control, Espacio Proyectos, Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid.

Bosch Young Talent Show (BYTS), AKV St Joost, Hertogenbosch, Nederland.


Programas de Vídeo/Film Festivals and Screenings
ARCHIVO CINEMÁTICO. La Terraza, Matadero Madrid, Madrid.


Moving Image South, HMVCurzon, London.
Salon Flux#4, Unit 10, London.
La Casa de Cristal, ARTÓN, Madrid


Estrenos Absolutos de La Tabacalera, Tabacalera, Madrid.


Actividades Académicas/Academia Related Activities
Arte como diseño, artista invitada/guest artist, Master en Historia del Arte Contemporáneo y Cultura Visual, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS, Madrid.
Archivo Intransit, C arte C; Espacio CAMON; Madrid. (Presentación/Presentation)
XVII Jornadas del Estudio de la Imagen El Susurro de las Imágenes, organizadas por/organized by Aurora Fernández-Polanco, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid.


Jornadas PLAZA09: Producción e Investigación en Arte, ponencia, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
Celeste Prize 2012, Roma. (Selección/Selected)
XXIII Circuitos de Artes Plásticas, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid. (Selección/Selected)
V Premio Internacional María José Jove, Fundación María José Jove, A Coruña. / (Selección/Selected)
EXPLUM International Current Art 2012. Casa de los Duendes, Puerto Lumbreras, Murcia. (Selección/Selected)

Process Room 011, MadridArtProcess. (Selección/Selected)
Curators´ Network: Plataforma de Colaboración Cultural, Madrid. (Selección/Selected)
Can Felipa Arts Visuals 2011, Centre Cívic Can Felipa, Barcelona. (Selección/Selected)
ART<30_2011 concurso de pintura y fotografía. Sala Parés, Barcelona. (Selección/Selected)

Premio Joven de Artes Plásticas 2010, Fundación General UCM, Madrid. (Selección/Selected)
Intransit, Plataforma Complutense de Creadores Universitarios, Universidad Complutense y Pensart, Madrid. (Selección/Selected)
Convocatoria de proyectos expositivos 2010, Espacio f, Madrid. (Selección/Selected)
Convocatoria de proyectos expositivos 2010, Espacio Menosuno, Madrid. (Selección/Selected)


Beca de estudios de postgrado en Gran Bretaña, Fundació La Caixa Barcelona. (Beca/Grant)


Beca Erasmus, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London.  (Beca/Grant)


Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections
Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
EXPLUM, Murcia.
Fundación María José Jove (Colección permanente/Permanent Collection), A Coruña.
Museo de la Imprenta de la ONCE, Madrid.
Colecciones privadas / Private collections: UK, España, Portugal, USA, Colombia.


C/ Manuel Silvela, nº3, sótano A, 28010 Madrid

(+34) 616558758

1. What made you choose art as a profession?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been eager to create images. Whereas twenty years ago I was happy drawing things with coloured crayons, over the years, especially during my final years of fine art education, this has become a more conscious habit. I don’t think I chose this profession or way of life – quite the opposite. I like to think it chose me.


2. How would you define your work?
Critical, poetic and active.


3. What subjects are you interested in?
Fast-paced, unconscious consumerism; the obligation to replace things and all this entails; the lack of consistency and authenticity in the world we live in; things that disappear…


4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Whatever each project or idea calls for. I’m particularly interested in the archive of found material and in my latest work, work in specific spaces or objects. I think my work always follows a conceptual line, but each piece takes a different form – the medium never restricts me when it comes to creating work.


5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My raw material is reality, so it’s intimately linked to reality. I work on everyday situations, objects or images that grab my attention and spur me on to actually do something with them. I often make use of collective memory and personal recollections.


6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
To communicate ideas and offer the chance to see reality in a different way. Personally I find it helps me find my place in the world and to understand it.


7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I’d like to be able to communicate with all audiences – in fact, I like to introduce my work in channels outside the art circuit (e.g. consumer places) to try and alter people’s perception of a specific space or object.


8. What qualifications have you got?
What do you value most from your time in education?
I studied fine art at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. In 2007 I spent a year at Camberwell College of Art in London thanks to an Erasmus grant. When I finished my degree, I took a Master’s in art, creation and research at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and now I’m doing an MA in fine art at Wimbledon College of Art in London thanks to a grant from the “la Caixa” Foundation. What I value most from my education is having time to develop my ideas, meeting fellow students and teachers and the chance to study outside Spain


9. How would you define your current professional situation?
And in the future?
New and exciting for me. I think it’s a career you construct bit by bit. I hope to continue working on this for a long time…


10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
So far, I’ve got by with grants and support – I’ve been lucky considering the times we live in. I think economic considerations have a bearing on the time you can spend doing art and the fact that you have to adapt to the means and spaces available, but it never affects the subjects I explore.


11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I look for a fluid, close relationship. The internet is a very useful tool for raising your visibility and improving communication and has helped me make good contacts. I also like visits to artists’ studios where you can see their work in a form that’s impossible in other contexts, like an exhibition opening. I’ve not had any problems on the Madrid scene.


12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I think it’s a constantly growing scene. I like the recent initiatives to raise young artists’ visibility, lots of contests, etc. I think we’re lucky, but compared with other cities, the lack of facilities means young artists have to look for spaces and create the opportunities to promote their work and become less dependent on institutions to do things. In addition, the way the city is laid out hampers fluidity and makes it difficult to make use of and experiment with unused spaces, as happens, for example, in cities like Berlin or London, although I think we’re moving that way…