Laura Torrado

Laura Torrado

Suspended Life

Suspended Life

Laura Torrado

Spain, 1967.
Lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

Visual artist and PhD in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is currently a professor at the Art Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cuenca, University of Castilla La Mancha, Spain.

She has received a scholarship from the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation in Venice and in 1993 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to further her artistic studies. Between 1993-95 she lived in New York, where she collaborated with the Conservation Department of the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art of New York. He also carried out her postgraduate studies at the School of Visual Arts and at New York University. In this period she began her artistic research on the poetics of the body, making the photographic series Transhumance, La Escalera, or Autorretratos. In 1995, already in Madrid, as a result of her research on Western pictorial tradition, she recreated fictions that questioned the stereotypes established around the feminine, which gave rise to the series Hammam, El dormitorio and Si te quise.

Prizes: first edition of the Altadis Prize for Plastic Arts 2000; first edition of the 2002 Purificación García Photography Award, the 2002 and 2003 Caja Madrid Generation, the Madrid 2003 Art Creation Award with the documentary project Down World. In 2004, she was awarded in the first edition of the Plastic Arts Prize of Caja Ahorros del Mediterráneo to make the documentary Other Homes Other Realities, in 2008 she received the Plastic Arts Prize of the Pollensa Museum, Mallorca. Her latest series, Suspended Life 2010-2017, is part of the Baroque Vanitas, through a search for beauty between Eros and Thanatos, and has been a finalist in the Pilar Citoler photography award.

Among her solo exhibitions the following are worth highlighting: El dormitorio y el preludio. Serie B, (Oliva Arauna Gallery, Madrid, 2000, 2002), The Endless Story (Bernhard Knaus Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany, 2002), The Insides (Bacelos Gallery, Vigo, Spain, 2004), Le jardin féerique (Photo Meetings, Murcia, Spain, 2009) , Todesfuge (Loop Barcelona, ​​Spain, 2010), La oscuridad natural de las cosas (Sala Comunidad de Madrid Channel, 2013), A selection of Iberoamerican Video Art of Bodies & Souls (Espacio AWB, Berlin, 2014), Laura Torrado in dialogue with gallery artists (Eastmen Gallery, Belgium, 2016).  

Among her most recent group exhibitions, the following are worth highlighting: Identidades críticas (Museum Patio Herreriano de Valladolid, Spain, 2006), Ficciones y realidades (Museum Modern Art of Moscow MMOCA 2011), ZOOM (Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, 2011), Genealogías Feministas en el Arte del Estado Español, (MUSAC, León, Spain, 2012), Platea. Los fotógrafos miran al cine. Acción Cultural, Spain, (Itinerant 2016-17).

Selection of public and private collections: Reina Sofía National Art Museum, MNCARS, Madrid; Patio Herreriano Museum, Valladolid; Artium Museum, Vitoria (Spain); CGAC Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Collection of Photography of the Community of Madrid; Coca Cola Foundation, Unicaja Málaga (Spain); Saastamoisen Foundation, Helsinki (Finland), etc.

Monographic Publications: Vanitas, canto líquido, Madrid, Casa de Velázquez, 2000; Laura Torrado Library of Spanish photographers, PHotoBolsillo Collection, Madrid, La Fábrica, 2005; The Insides, La Coruña, Artedardo, 2009; La oscuridad natural de las cosas, Madrid, Publications of Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2013.

Solo exhibitions at Freijo Gallery:
· 2019   
Un silencio malva. LZ46 program
2020   Queen in Check

Group exhibitions at Freijo Gallery:
· 2020   So far, so closeFreijo Gallery's 10th Anniversary virtual exhibition, at Virtual Freijo.