Ingrid Buchwald

Artist selected by Sánchez Balmisa, Alberto at 2010


My work is like a tachograph that record changes in speed, acceleration, sudden braking, slowing down and mileage for my journey. As a subject in a given context, the disk produced not only reflects my route, but also the external agents that affect it. By looking at it, other people can recognise parts of the road they have passed as well.

Questions

1. What made you choose art as a profession?
Because when I’ve had to choose between A) art and B) something else, thinking of option B made me feel physically sick. When you’ve chosen A several times repeatedly, option B becomes less and less likely.

 

2. How would you define your work?
My work is like a tachograph that record changes in speed, acceleration, sudden braking, slowing down and mileage for my journey. As a subject in a given context, the disk produced not only reflects my route, but also the external agents that affect it: the state of the road, the weather, the amount of traffic, etc.

 

3. What subjects are you interested in?
Ultimately, I’m interested in the questions: “Who am I?”, “What am I doing here?”. In reply I create essays in the form of film, literature, history, psychology, newspapers, the internet, fashion, politics, street markets, art, music, videoclips…

 

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Right now I use pencil drawings, placards, embroidered ribbons, photos and video animations.

 

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My work draws from the reality around me: everything I see, read, hear and experience is reflected in my work in some way. My material is my life, the lives of the people I know and people who lived before me.

 

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
As a producer, art helps me understand the world and myself. As a spectator, it helps me understand and give meaning to reality through the eyes of others.

 

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I’d like the people who see my work to get glimpses of themselves. I try to ensure my work can be read on different levels, so you can read the title and grasp the basic essence or look up close and access much more information.

 

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I graduated in fine art, expanded my education with a Master’s course in art and new technologies and I’m still learning by taking workshops. What I value most is having been lucky enough to have teachers who tried to teach me to think and ask questions instead of copying set answers.

 

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
At this fortunate time, I can put all my time and effort into art and the best thing that can happen in the future is for this to carry on. I’d like to be like Louise Bourgeois: get to the age of eighty producing more and better work than at the age of thirty.

 

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?
Economic considerations affect my work, but I don’t see them as an insuperable obstacle. Sometimes an imaginative solution driven by a limited budget can be more engaging, more meaningful. The most difficult thing is the constant effort to secure finance for projects because projects are generally short term and you find yourself walking a tightrope several times a year.

 

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 hope they are well disciplined and take their work and our work seriously and enthusiastically. In general, I’ve been lucky in this respect and have felt they’ve had respect and interest in my work. The main difficulties have come about as a result of a lack of communication or understanding of the artist’s work: our mission isn’t (just) filling blank walls.

 

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I find it very difficult to give an overall analysis of the arts scene in Madrid and compare it with other cities. I don't know how to answer this question.

Curriculum vitae

Ingrid Buchwald
Tolosa, Guipúzcoa, 1980.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: London.


Formación Académica/Education
2004
Máster en Arte y Nuevas Tecnologías, UEM Universidad Europea de Madrid.

 

2003
Licenciada en Bellas Artes, Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao.

 

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
2006
Dibujos
, Casa de Cultura de Ibarra, Guipúzcoa.

 

2001
K138, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin.

 

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
2010
Embassy of the Liquid States, MCA Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, Valletta, Malta.

 

2009
Narrare Immagini/Dipingere Storie, Real Academia de España en Roma.
Spazi Aperti, Academia Română, Roma.
Academia delle Accademie, Roma. The Road to Contemporary Art, Roma.
WORK_IN_PROGRESS, Real Academia de España en Roma.

 

2008
Instantes de Paisaje 08, Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, CDAN, Fundación Beulas, Huesca.

 

2007
El viaje dislocado, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, MARCO, Vigo.

 

2006
V Edición Getxoarte, Las Arenas, Bilbao.

 

2005
XLI Certamen de Artistas Noveles, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastián.

 

Programas de Vídeo/Film Festivals and Screenings
2009
El sur de nuevo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS, Madrid.
MID_E´09, Arteleku, San Sebastián.

 

2008
Geopolíticas de la animación, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, MARCO, Vigo.

 

2007
Nightcomers, X International Istanbul Biennial.
Geopolíticas de la animación, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, CAAC, Sevilla.

 

2006
Videomix. Dibujos en vídeo, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

 

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
2009
Beca Colegio de España en París, Ministerio de Cultura. (Beca/Grant)

 

2008
Beca Real Academia de España en Roma, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación. (Beca/Grant)
Instantes de Paisaje 08, Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, CDAN, Fundación Beulas, Huesca. (2º Premio/2nd Award)

 

2007
Beca Koldo Mitxelena para Creación Audiovisual, Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa. (Beca/Grant)

 

2005
XLI Certamen de Artistas Noveles, Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa. (Premio/Award)

 

Contacto/Contact
i@ingridbuchwald.com

 

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