Eli Cortiñas’ practice is centered around the idea of challenging cinematic memory through analyzing and re-editing pre-existing footage and merging it with her own film, video and sound recordings. By first collecting, organizing and classifying the sourced material, the artist then reworks and reimagines the found film-, YouTube-, advertising or animation footage in a next step, disrupting and re-structuring narrative flows.
Cortiñas’ video montages, collages and object arrangements suggest new and different meanings to appropriated and edited footage, in order to debunk myths and hegemonic narratives, as the artist of Cuban descent states. This method of ‘editing as writing’ generates a mixed feeling of both identification and alienation. A deep dive into psychological, aesthetic and societal questions, Eli Cortiñas manages to create an ambiguous and affirmative transparency within her work inviting her audience to explore power, memory and politics.
Eli Cortiñas studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and at the European Film College Ebeltoft, Denmark. She currently holds a shared professorship at Braunschweig University of Art. Selected solo exhibitions include Walls Have Feelings, KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2021), Free Circulation = Free Copulation at Soy Capitán (2019), Berlin, Always bite the hand that feeds you at Convent Space for Contemporary Art, Ghent (2018), Remixers never die, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2018), 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 Fotografie Heute: Resistant Faces, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2020), MASKE. Kunst der Verwandlung, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2019), Büro komplex – Die Kunst der Artothek im politischen Raum, Kunsthaus NRW, Aachen (2018), Film Footage Fotografie. Bildnerische Augenblicke mit filmischen Bezügen, Museum for Photographie Braunschweig (2017), 10 Emerging Artists. Contemporary Experimental Films and Video Art from Germany, Goethe Institute Canada (2017), Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2017), Les Rencontres Internationales at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011). Eli Cortiñas has been awarded with grants and fellowships from Fundación Botín (2018), Berliner Senat (2017), Villa Sträuli (2017), 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 born 1979 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain lives and works in Berlin.
Eli Cortiñas as part of The 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art curated by Adnan Yıldız, Çağla Ilk & Assaf Kimmel on view until 05.12.2021
Review (PDF upon request)
Abwesenheitsnotiz: Eli Cortiñas: “Ein Projekt jagt das nächste”
Decoding the Male Gaze and Colonialism in Classic Cinema, by Charlotte Janssen.
Eli Cortiñas – Eine Nacht im Martin Gropius Bau by Katrin Schirner.
Review of Neither Glance Nor Glory by Elke Stefanie Inders.
Feature on Eli Cortiñas by Swantje Karich (PDF upon request)