Galería Juan Silió presents the first solo exhibition in its space of artist Irene de Andrés, whose work is focused on the evolution of the concepts of leisure and free time of the working class. The creation of structures such as discotheques, cruise ships or resorts and the dynamics generated in coastal and tourist environments are part of his work, however, aquatic leisure is not only present in the sea. Thus, in the exhibition “Las playas de Madrid” Irene de Andrés is interested in the river Manzanares and the leisure activities that have been developed around the course through different moments in history.
From the scenes painted by Goya of festivals and dances “on the banks of the Manzanares” where the river is shown as a place of meeting to the current Madrid Río, several time jumps connect different moments of development of the city. Tis act activates the memory of the citizens and its relationship with the river. Sometimes by being present and sometimes by being forgotten, the river marks the history of the city.
Irene de Andrés (Ibiza, 1986) lives and works in Madrid.
Graduated in Fine Arts by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2009) where she also cursed the MA in artistic research and production (2010). She’s been artista in residence at Escuela FLORA Ars+Natura, Bogotá AC/E (2016) and The Harbor program in Beta Local, San Juan de Puerto Rico (2017). In 2019 she’s been artista in residence at Matadero Madrid and granted with a fellowship as resident artist at Academia de España in Rome in 2021.
Among the scholarships and awards she has received are the Production Award Blue Project Foundation, Generaciones Fundación Montemadrid, Circuitos de Artes Plásticas, Premio Ciutat de Palma Audiovisual Arts GrantsDKV-Es Baluard. Her work has been shown in instututions an art center such as Espai 13 in Fundación Joan Miró Barcelona, Museo Patio Herreriano inValladolid, MuHKA (Amberes Contemporary Art Museum) or Casa Encendida in Madrid.