Soledad Córdoba

Artist selected by Blas, Susana at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

I’m interested in photography as a medium for communicating new realities and as a tool for throwing up questions on human beings’ existence.


I use my work to explore confused areas in the overlap between reality and fiction, the understandable and supernatural, the beautiful and sinister, the known and the strange, the world of mystery and exaggeration. I’m also intrigued by our relationship with nature and see the fantastical world as a way of grappling with our everyday reality and transcending our being. So I represent places where everything is possible and which are open to individual interpretation.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I didn’t exactly choose it; it’s something that gradually took shape ever since I was a child until I decided to study fine art, which is when I started to get really involved in learning about, studying and researching art. And it’s naturally become a passionate way of life.


2. How would you define your work?
Essentially photography. I use photography as a medium for creating images and a tool for the imagination.


3. What subjects are you interested in?
In my early work, I worked with the idea of the (physical and mental) body by using it as a resource and medium, a place and container for experiences, feelings, passions, mutations, etc. All this is intrinsically linked to identity and how it changes and evolves with different factors like illness, pain and abuse. Although these ideas have evolved, the body still appears as a creator of life and source of creation. And it’s the area of creation where I search out the mechanisms of the imagination, conscience, fantasies and the life processes that surround all creative work.


I’m interested in confused areas in the overlap between reality and fiction, the natural and the artificial, and our relationship with nature. I see the fantastical world as a way of creating places where we can transcend ourselves and create new realities.


4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
The images I create are ideas I’ve worked on from writings and drawings. They take shape in accordance with the stage design, composition, lighting and staging to create an image to be photographed.


5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My work is based on reality; in fact, it’s a representation of reality filtered through and changed by subjective ideas and moods. My raw material takes other points of view to express our surroundings, our existence and our ideals, and I see all this as a key part of creation.


6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
Art aims to communicate, move and shake the spirit of the person feeling it and accepting it.


7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I’m not aiming at anyone in particular. I hope that spectators make a spiritual connection because you shouldn’t approach art with the idea of understanding it rationally. I don't like giving guidelines for reading my work: I think it’s far more enriching when people approach a work totally unarmed.


8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I’ve got a doctorate in fine art and don’t think my education is complete yet. At a technical level you can always improve and update your skills, especially when we’re talking about digital technology and means of production and at an emotional level and the level of ideas, things are constantly changing and being reinvented. This ongoing education is also about knowing what’s going on on the national and international arts scene and keeping in constant contact with different artists.


9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
It’s evolving and I juggle it with my work as a lecturer at the Fine Art School in Teruel. In the future I hope to carry on fighting to forge ties between life and creative work.


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 have an effect in terms of producing work, but not when coming up with ideas, although at times a lack of resources can sharpen your creativity, which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t push for more resources. You need to try to make a living from art or something related to art, such as – in my case – university teaching, with input from artistic activity and in some way find the economic stability to carry on producing art.


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?
Above all it should be a horizontal relationship seen as teamwork where everyone is needed to make progress and develop. I’ve not had any bad experiences, but I would appreciate a broader, more plural discourse and see exhibits managed in a less unilateral fashion.


12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
It depends on what scene you’re comparing it with, but in general I don’t think it’s that bad. I think it’s growing and there’s an extensive private monopoly offering a wide range of interesting things, although without taking too many risks, and I can see gaps where there should be more public work, especially being less conservative and more varied.


Curriculum vitae

Soledad Córdoba
Avilés, Asturias, 1977.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and Works in: Madrid.

Formación Académica/Education
Doctorado en Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense, Madrid.


Beca Predoctoral de Formación de Personal Investigador, Universidad Complutense, Madrid.


Beca Predoctoral UCM, Centro de investigación Tate Britain, Britain the Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, London.

Exposiciones Individuales (Selección)/Selected Solo Exhibitions
Un lugar secreto, Galería Vértice, Oviedo


Extensiones-Anclajes, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.


Ingrávida, Sala Juana Francés, Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, Zaragoza.


Artistas premiados XXXIV Certamen Internacional de Arte de Luarca, Real Instituto de Estudios Asturianos, RIDEA, Oviedo; Palacio Conde de Toreno, Oviedo; Sala Álvaro Delgado, Luarca, Asturias.


Soledad Córdoba, Galería Vértice, Oviedo. Llocs de pas, VIII Ciclo de Intervenciones en el Vestíbulo, Centro Cultural Fundació La Caixa, Lleida.
Lugar para ser, Galería Blanca Soto, Madrid.


PhotoEspaña 02, Sala Minerva, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.

Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions
Love me tender, Galerie Van de Weghe, Antwerpen.


Realidad e irrealidad: la mirada del artista, La Noche en Blanco, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid.
Arte Alnorte, Centro Cultural Cajastur Palacio Revillagigedo, Gijón.


Fondos Artísticos Fundación Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Jardín Botánico, Universidad Complutense, Madrid.


VISIÓNICA’06, Galería Vértice, Oviedo.


Otras Meninas, Centro Cultural Cajastur Palacio Revillagigedo, Gijón; Sala Kubo, San Sebastián.
La belleza de la oscuridad, Programa en la Frontera, Puerta Cinegia, Zaragoza.
Naturaleza Muerta en el tiempo, Palacio de las Cigüeñas, Cáceres.


Pistilos y Pétalos. Sexualidad, Seducción, Erótica y Engaño, La Plataforma Flors 2004, Fundació Espais d’Art Contemporani, Girona.


Otros hábitos. Otras miradas, Festival PHotoEspaña, Sala Amadís, InJuve, Madrid.

Becas y premios/Awards and Grants
Beca para Artistas Casa de Velázquez, Ministerio Francés de Enseñanza Superior y de Investigación. (Beca/Grant)


Beca Cajastur para Artistas. (Beca/Grant)


Premio Joven 2004 de Artes Plásticas, Fundación Complutense, Universidad Complutense, Madrid. (1er Premio/1st Award)


Premio Joven 2003 de Artes Plásticas, Fundación Complutense, Universidad Complutense, Madrid. (Finalista y Adquisición/Finalist and Acquisition)
XXXIV Certamen Nacional de Arte de Luarca, Ayuntamiento de Valdés, Asturias. (1er Premio/1st Award)
Certamen Jóvenes Creadores 2003 de fotografía, Ayuntamiento de Madrid. (1er Premio/1st Award)


Certamen Jóvenes Creadores 2002 de fotografía, Madrid. (Accésit)
XII Muestra de Artes Plásticas, Consejería de Educación y Cultura, Gobierno del Principado de Asturias. (Premio de fotografía/Photography Award).
Beca AlNorte 02, El Comercio, Asturias. (Beca para Proyectos Expositivos Noveles/Grant for Novel Exhibition Projects)


Concurso de Fotografía El Cultural, periódico El Mundo, Madrid. (1er Premio/1st Award)

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections
Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo.
Ayuntamiento de Valdés, Asturias.
Fundación Complutense, Universidad Complutense, Madrid.
Colección Esencias, Valencia.
Colección Norte, Gobierno de Cantabria.
Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza.
Colección Kiss FM.
Colección Cajastur.

Castro Flórez, Fernando, Especulaciones en torno a la obra de Soledad Córdoba, Un lugar secreto, Oviedo, Galería Vértice, 2008, Cat. Exp.
Merayo, Paché, Soledad Córdoba crea Un Lugar Secreto para profundizar en su espacio íntimo, La Voz de Avilés, Asturias, 25/IV/2008, p. 65.
Rodríguez, Ángel Antonio, Nuevas realidades, ABCD las artes y las letras, 24/V/2008, p. 43.
Crabiffosse, Francisco, Un vistazo al momento actual del arte en Asturias, Extensiones-Anclajes. Proyectos site-specific en diversos puntos de la geografía asturiana, Gijón, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, 2007, Cat. Exp.
Blas, Susana, Lo que dice la boca de la sombra, Ingrávida, Zaragoza, Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, Área de Educación y Acción Sociales Especializados, 2006, Cat. Exp.
Hontoria, Javier, Soledad Córdoba, El Cultural, El Mundo, Madrid, I/V/2003, p. 27.
Jiménez, José, Construir historias, Descubrir el Arte, n. 51, Madrid, V/2003, p. 102.
Zarza, Víctor, El Cuerpo Soñado, Soledad Córdoba. Premio Ayuntamiento de Valdés, XXXIV Certamen Nacional de Arte de Luarca, Asturias, Ayuntamiento de Valdés, Gobierno del Principado de Asturias y CajAstur, 2004, Cat. Exp
Valle, Agustín, La imagen más bella está siempre a mis espaldas, Otros Hábitos otras miradas, Madrid, Sala Amadís, InJuve, 2002, pp. 38-41, Cat. Exp.
Vozmediano, Elena, Soledad Córdoba, series animadas, El Cultural, El Mundo, Madrid, 25/VII/2001, p. 31.