Eli Cortiñas

Eli Cortiñas (click here for full biography/CV) born 1979 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain lives and works in Berlin. A large part of Cortiñas practice revolves around the idea of challenging cinematic memory through analysing and re-editing existing footage or her own material. She approaches editing as ‘writing’, where she disrupts or re-structures narrative flow and creates shifts in meaning (No Place Like Home, 2006). These processes generate both – a feeling of identification as well as alienation. In her collages and object arrangements, too, Cortiñas creates an ambiguous and affirmative transparency for the projection of constructed outlooks of the emotional, ideological, cultic and banal role plays of a generation vaunted in the media as ‘lost’.


Cortiñas studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and at the European Film College Ebeltoft, Denmark. Selected solo exhibitions include Five Easy Pieces and Some Words of Wisdom at Soy Capitán, Berlin (2015), Awkward Studies and a Decent Take on Serious Matters at Rokeby, London (2013), Love Is Worn Around The Neck, curated by Veit Loers at Kunstraum Innsbruck (2012). Her work was part of several group exhibitions, such as Die gestundene Zeit curated by Gesine Borcherdt at Sies+Höke, Dusseldorf (2013), 58th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2012), Les Rencontres Internationales at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011). Eli Cortiñas has been awarded with grants and fellowships from Villa Massimo, Rome (2014), Marianna Ingenwerth-Stiftung grant for residency at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo La Regenta (2013), Shortlist Award for young Film Art, Freunde der Neuen Nationalgalerie und Deutscher Filmakademie (2011), et al.

Eli Cortiñas in conversation with curator Maria Sitte, in Museumsfernsehen, 05/2017 (VIDEO).
Review of Neither Glance Nor Glory, in Der Freitag, 12/2012, by Elke Stefanie Inders.
Review of Street girls bringing sailors in must pay in advance, in Monopol, 08/2011.
Review of Street girls bringing sailors in must pay in advance, in Kunstforum International, Band 212, 2011, by Annelie Pohlen.
Artist portrait on Deutsche Welle, 04/2009, by Daniel Müller.

Feature in BLAU, 11/2016, Nr. 16, by Swantje Karich (PDF upon request).
Interview on Fadwebsite, 05/2013, by Yvette Greslé.
Interview on Der Freitag, 01/2013, by Elke Stefanie Inders.
Rising – Young Artists to Keep an Eye On, catalogue, 2011, DAAB Media, p.56–59.
The Spectre of Cinema: The Videos of Eli Cortiñas, 09/2010, by Katerina Gregos.