The work of Irene de Andres (Ibiza, 1986) focuses on the evolution of the concept of leisure and free time in the working class. In the 18th century, the sea became the new object of desire and modern tourist travel began to take shape in a context in which some governments granted the right to paid holidays to the working class. In response to these phenomena, specific architectures such as seaside resorts and cruise ships were developed, key scenarios in the development of her artistic practice.
Irene de Andres lives and works in Madrid. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid (2009) where she did a Master’s degree in artistic research and production (2010). She has been one of the resident artists at the FLORA Ars+Natura School in Bogotá AC/E (2016) and at Beta Local’s The Harbor programme in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2017). In 2019 she was a resident of the programme for Visual Artists at the Centro de Residencias Matadero Madrid and has been a fellow of the Spanish Academy in Rome in 2021.
Among the grants and awards she has received are the Blue Project Foundation Production Award, the Montemadrid Foundation Generations Award, Circuitos de Artes Plásticas, the Ciutat de Palma Award and the DKV-Es Baluard Audiovisual Creation Grants. Her work has been shown in art centres and institutions such as the Espai 13 of the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, the Patio Herreriano Museum in Valladolid, the MuHKA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp) and the Casa Encendida in Madrid.