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Pilar Albarracín

1968 | Seville, Spain
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— Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois

Spanish visual artist and performer.

After graduating in 1993 from the School of Fine Arts in Seville, Pilar Albarracín swiftly became a major artist, first in the Spanish contemporary art scene and then on the international stage, through her militant work where pride of place was given to her criticism of the inequalities between women and men in post-Franco Spanish society. She produced installations, photographs and videos, as well as, and above all, performances, in which she incarnated different types of women (prostitute, dancer, singer, gypsy, housewife, and emigrant), in which she deconstructed clichés with sarcasm and irony, especially the image of the Andalusian woman, glorified during the Franco regime, whom she parodied using components of the national identity: religion, folklore, dance, bullfighting, flamenco, and gastronomy.

Each of her presentations was organized around the notions of rite, sacrifice and symbol. The photograph Prohibido el cante (2000) thus showed her gagged and bound to a chair, wearing a flamenco dress – one of her fetish disguises –, in a bar with a typically Andalusian décor. Likewise, in Lunares (2004), wearing the same dress, she pricked her body with needles, letting blood stains appear on her spotless outfit, thus proposing a parallel between the flamenco dancer and the death of a bull in the bullring. Albarracín does not shrink from testing herself both physically and morally, and even putting herself in danger, as illustrated by She Wolf (2006), a re-interpretation of a performance by Joseph Beuys, in which she shares a meal with a wolf. In La Cabra (2001), she performs a dance squeezed tight against a wine skin, whose contents spill over her dress, recalling pagan sacrifices. Rewarded by the Altadis prize in 2002, her works have been shown in many exhibitions, and particularly in Biennials (Seville in 2004, Venice and Moscow in 2005).

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Ludovic Delalande

Translated from French by Simon Pleasance.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
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Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Les Marmites enragées, 2005, wood, pressure cookers, smoking machine, 440 x 166 x 155 cm, 173 1/4 x 65 3/8 x 61 in., unique piece, Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Lunares, 2004, vidéo 1’26’’, Edition of 5 + 1 A.P., Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Prohibido el cante, 2001-2013, black and white photograph, 190 x 125 cm, 67 7/8 x 49 1/4 in., Edition of 5 + 1 A.P., Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Dots, 2013, shoes, needles, 14 x 22 x 12 cm, 5 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 4 3/4 in., unique piece, Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Sans titre (Marquesa), 2009, colour photograph and lenticular image, 44 x 33 cm, 17 3/8 x 13 in., Edition de 5 + 1 E.A. / Edition of 5 + 1 A.P., Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Point de fuite, 2012, colour video, sound, 3’34’’, Edition of 5 + 1 A.P., Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Point de fuite (detail), 2012, colour video, sound, 3’34’’, Edition of 5 + 1 A.P., Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Sans titre (Mantón), 2009, colour photograph and embroidery, 22 x 15 cm, 85/8 x 57/8 in., Edition of 1 + 1 A.P., Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Virgenes a pie (4), 2011, colour photograph, 225 x 150 cm, 91 1/8 x 62 x 2 1/8 in., Edition of 3 + 1 A.P.

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Mandala (Rouge), 2012, women underwear on canvas, metallic frame, 275 x 275 cm, 108 1/4 x 108 1/4 x 1 1/8 in., unique piece, Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Little Black Dress (LBD) (4), 2015, silk embroideries, 50 x 38 cm, 19 5/8 x 15 in., unique piece, Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

Pilar Albarracín — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Pilar Albarracin, Fuegos artificiales (9), 2015, silk embroideries, 143 x 143 cm, 56 1/4 x 56 1/4 in., unique piece, Courtesy Galerie Vallois, Paris

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