EN - Tania Barrenetxea (Bilbao, Spain, 1984) is a visual artist and photographer. Her body of work constitutes an intimate narrative about identity, trauma and desires. From raw vulnerability she works with psychological and symbolic references. As an artist, she is interested in revealing the power of vulnerability in creation. Having developed a wide career as an engineer through the past decade, since 2015 she attends several photography workshops and participates in solo and group exhibitions at places like the Margarita Nelken Cultural Center (Madrid), El Pósito museum (Jaén) or Cosmocaixa (Barcelona). In 2020 she decides to focus herself on her artistic practice and her most intimate photographic work. In 2021 she studies at the Center for Contemporary Photography of Bilbao. In 2022 she is granted to study in the visual arts school La Máquina (Madrid), and is winner in a series of festivals such as Baffest (Spain) or Siena Creative Awards (Italy).



ES - Tania Barrenetxea (Bilbao, 1984) es fotógrafa y artista visual. Su cuerpo de trabajo constituye un relato íntimo de exploración. Como artista, le interesa revelar el poder de la vulnerabilidad en la creación. Especialmente, explorando aquellos territorios donde confluyen las heridas, los duelos y la belleza. Habiendo desarrollado una amplia trayectoria como ingeniera en la ultima década, desde 2015 se forma a través de workshops y participa en exposiciones individuales y colectivas en lugares como el Centro Cultural Margarita Nelken (Madrid), el museo el Pósito (Jaén) o el Centro Cosmocaixa (Barcelona). En 2020 decide enfocar su práctica artística en su trabajo más intimista y personal. En 2021 se forma en el Centro de Fotografía Contemporánea de Bilbao con artistas como Ricky Dávila, Jon Cazenave o Lurdes R. Basolí. En 2022 recibe la beca en la escuela de artes visuales La Máquina (Madrid) y es ganadora en festivales como Baffest (España) o Siena Creative Awards (Italia).


Education
2020/21    “Construction of a personal project” in CFC Centro de Fotografía Contemporánea, Bilbao
2022/23    “Photobooks for personal projects” in La Máquina, Madrid
Workshops and masterclasses with: Elisa Miralles, Jon Cazenave, Lurdes R. Basolí, Lidia Vives, Mara Saiz i.a

Grants & Awards
2022    Winner "Barakaldo Saria" on BAFFEST Festival, Barakaldo
2022    Selected for PHE22 Photoespaña Santander portfolio reviews, Santander
2022    Honorable mention in the IPA International Photography Awards, Los Angeles
2022    First Prize Siena Creative Photography Awards, Conceptual category, Siena
2022    Awarded with La Máquina Grant, Madrid
2022    Second prize in Tolosa Herria Awards, Tolosa
2022    Finalist on 31º Premio nacional Badia del Vallès, Badia del Vallès
2021    Special jury mention in Blackkamera grant, Bilbao
2019    Second prize in Premio Nacional de Fotografía f8, Jaén
2019    Selected on BAFFEST Festival, Barakaldo
2018    First prize Egoaizia, Eibar

Exhibitions
2022    Collective exhibition in Fortezza Medicea and Piazza Caduti delle Forze Armate, Siena
2022    Collective exhibition in Baffest Festival, Barakaldo
2022    Collective exhibition in Archivo de Tolosa, Tolosa
2021    Online collective exhibition in Femgrafia
2021    Collective exhibition in Centro Cultural Margarita Nelken, Madrid
2021    Collective exhibition in Espacio Encuentro Feminista, Madrid
2019    Collective exhibition in El Pósito de Linares, Jaén
2018    Collective exhibition in Fundación Universidad Isadoriana, Murcia
2016    Collective exhibition in the Gallery Estudios a tu aire, Bilbao
2015    Collective exhibition in Usurbe Antzokia, Beasain
2013    Collective exhibition in CosmoCaixa, Barcelona

Filmography
2021   Photography assistant - La camisa blanca

Online & Print features
2022    Interview in Vivir para ver on Radio Euskadi
2022    Interview in El Correo newspaper
2022    Portfolio feature in LF magazine
2022    Feature in EMC Magazine
2022    Feature in FEEM magazine #10
2021    Cover art base ГУДБАЙ ISBN 978-5-9908944-4-0
2021    Feature in FEEM magazine #5
2020    Feature in PhotoVogue Italy
2020    Interview with writer Helena Lind
2019    Interview in Negromundo
2018    Review in Scene 360 Magazine