ALMUDENA ROMERO

Born in Madrid in 1986, Almudena Romero is  a visual artist working with a wide range of photographic  processes from early printing techniques such as cyanotype, salt printing or wet plate collodion, to new technologies including 3Dscanning and printing. Since 2015,  Almudena has shown and explained her work at institutions such as TATE Modern-TATE Exchange, TATE Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Art Fair and the University of the Arts London, and delivered courses and lectures at National Portrait  Gallery, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, the Mapfre Foundation, the Sotheby's  Institute of Art, University of Westminster and Southampton Solent University.  She has also received commissions to produce installations in public spaces from Team London Bridge, Southwark Council, Emergency Exit Artist, Wellcome Trust and University College London. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and festivals such as Brighton Photo Biennial and PhotoIreland, and has been published in TimeOut, DUST magazine, Uncertain States and Photomonitor.

Almudena's practice uses photographic processes to reflect on issues relating to identity, representation and ideology; such as the role of photography in the construction of national identity, or the link between photographic archives and colonialism. Her work focuses on how photographic processes and technology transform the notions of public, private, individuality, identity, memory, and, in general, the concept of the individual.  Almudena's works touch on how perception affects existence and how photographic processes contribute to organising perception.

Education

  • 2015  Pg Cert Academic Practice in Art,Design & Communication, UAL. 
  • 2012 MA Photography, London College of Communication, UAL. 
  • 2011 Photojournalism, documentary photography & studio lighting,  University of Montreal, UdeM.
  • 2004/10 BA (Hons) Communication,Complutense University of Madrid 
  • 2008/09 Art Workshops in non-formaleducation. University of Fine Arts of Madrid

Commissions

Group exhibitions and displays

  • 2018. Photography Archive and Research Centre. University of the Arts London.  Wet Plate Collodion Pop Up Darkroom commission.  
  • 2017. Techniques anciennes utilisées par les jeunes photographes. Festival Circulation(s). France. 
  • 2017. Making a Photograph. The Photographers' Gallery. London, UK.
  • 2017. TATE Exchange-TATE Modern. With Digital makers Collective.London, UK.
  • 2017. New Approaches in Photography. Four Corners Gallery. London, UK.
  • 2017. Venice Biennale 2017. Diaspora Pavilion. Tintypes produced in collaboration with artist Khadija Saye. Venice, Italy. 
  • 2017. Four Corners Gallery. London Pinhole Festival. UK.
  • 2017.  Revela-T Festival. Artistic Exchange. Cataluña, Spain. 
  • 2016. MozEx. Curated by V&A and Tate Digital Learning teams.
  • 2016. Victoria and Albert Museum. Wet plate collodion workshop display. London, UK.
  • 2016. Fundación MAPFRE Cultura. Pop up collodion darkroom tintypes display. Madrid, Spain. 
  • 2016. Brighton Photo Fringe with the London Alternative Photography Collective. Brighton, Uk.
  • 2016. Process. Dreamspace Gallery.  London, Uk
  • 2016. Chasing Shadows. Lake District Arts Centre. Kendal. UK
  • 2016. Obsolete and Discontinued. Revela-T. Cataluña. Spain
  • 2016. Obsolete and Discontinued. Photokina. Cologne. Germany.
  • 2016. Process. Scene Art Gallery. London, UK.
  • 2015. Revela-T Festival, Cataluña, Spain.
  • 2015. ACTINIC Festival, Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2015. Analogue Mania Festival, Timisoara, Romania
  • 2015. Gallery X, Dublin ,Photoireland, Ireland. 
  • 2015. The Arts Pavilion. Photomonth. London, UK.
  • 2015. The Fitzrovia Gallery, London, UK.
  • 2015. This Is What A Photographer Looks Like. (with Old Girls Club & Metro Imaging) London, UK.
  • 2014. Open Peckham Platform, London, UK. 
  • 2014. Night Contact, Brighton Photo Biennial, UK. 
  • 2014. The Polaroid show, Doomed Gallery, London, UK. 
  • 2014. London Analogue Festival, OXO Tower Wharf, London, UK. 
  • 2014. Spring Salon, Double Negative Darkroom, London, UK. 
  • 2013. Camberwell College of Arts, London, UAL, UK. 
  • 2013. Print it, UAL Showroom, London, UK. 
  • 2012. A Forming State, London College of Communication, London, UK. 
  • 2012. PHOTON Festival, Valencia, Spain. 
  • 2011. Arte Emergente Urgente, E-1 Gallery, Madrid, Spain. 
  • 2011. 20 projets | 20 regards, RCA building of Montreal, Canada. 
  • 2011. Fotoaplauso, Madrid, Spain. 
  • 2010. Fissazioni,Projection at the Château D’eau Gallery in Toulouse, France. 
  • 2010. Cadavre Exquis, St Cyprien Library, Toulouse, France. Feedback, 
  • 2010. La Loupiote, Toulouse, France. 
  • 2009. St Cyprien, La Gouaille, Toulouse, France. 
  • 2009. Fototalentos, University of Valladolid, Spain.

Selected residencies

  • 2017. Whitechapel Gallery studio residency. London, UK.
  • 2016. Revela-T Festival. Catalonia, Spain. 
  • 2016. Process. Scene Art. London, UK.
  • 2015 E5 Process Darkroom. London, UK.
  • 2014 Double Negative Dark Room. London, UK.

Works in archives and Public Collections

  • Photography Archive and Research Centre. University of the Arts London, UK.
  • Bow Arts Trust. London, UK.

Publications & Press

  • 2017. Beneath the Salt. Photobook. Project featured: Primary Reactions.  Published by YONA Editions.  
  • 2017. Photocatalysis. Photo Zine.  Project featured: Primary Reactions.  Published by Revolv Collective. 
  • 2017. She Shoots Film. Print magazine. Project featured: self-constructed. Published by She Shoots Film. 
  • 2016. Culture Trip. Media platform. Video interview. Practice Featured.
  • 2015. Time Out. Press. Practice Featured.
  • 2015. Photomonitor. Online publication. Project featured: self-constructed
  • 2015. Uncertain States.Print Publication.  Project featured: self-constructed
  • 2015. The Old Girls Club. Online Publication. Project featured:self-constructed
  • 2015. She Shoots Film.Online publication. Project featured: self-constructed
  • 2012 . Recreative. Online publication.  Project featured: Sports Professionals of the 21st Century.
  • 2012 . Les Editions Du Somnambule art magazine. Print publication. Project featured: Fissazioni
  • 2012 . DUST magazine online. Project featured: Fissazioni
  • 2010 Cadavre Exquis, St.Cyprien Library.Photobook.
  • 2009 Fototalentos,Universia. Photobook.

Awards, Grants and Contests

  • 2016 Recipient, London Creative Network, professional development programme, Four Corners Gallery, London
  • 2015 Finalist, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. 
  • 2014 Winner, Ideas Tap , Night Contact, Brighton Photo Biennial. 
  • 2013 Shortlisted, Challenge The Unchallengeable open call,London. 
  • 2012 Recipient, New Creative Markets Programme, Four Corners Gallery, London
  • 2012 Shortlisted, Novel Authors Grant. PHOTON Festival, Valencia, Spain. 
  • 2009 Shortlisted, Universia Contest Fototalentos, Spain. 
  • 2009 Recipient, FARO Grant. UCM. Madrid, Spain.

Recent talks, lectures and workshops

2017

2016

  • Artist talk. TATE Britain. London, UK.
  • Visiting Lecturer. Sothebys' Institute of Art, London, UK.
  • Visiting practitioner.  BA Photography Students. London College of Communication (UAL) . Wet Plate Collodion. London, UK.
  • Visiting practitioner. BA Photography Students. London College of Communication (UAL) .3D Portraiture. London, UK.
  • Visiting practitioner. BA Photography Students. University of Westminster. Cyanotype Process.  London, UK.
  • Visiting practitioner. BA Photography Students. University of Westminster. Salt Print Process. London, UK.
  • Tutor, staff development courses. London College of Communication (UAL) .Chemigrams. London, UK.
  • Tutor, staff development courses. London College of Communication (UAL) Wet Plate Collodion. London, UK.
  • Tutor, staff development courses.  Southampton Solent University. Wet Plate Collodion. London,  UK.
  • Tutor,  London College of Communication (UAL).  Darkroom Photography: Analogue Processes.  London, UK.
  • Tutor,   London College of Communication (UAL)Black and White Photography Darkroom Techniques. London, UK.
  • Tutor, Photofusion. London, UK.
  • Workshop Leader, National Portrait Gallery, Wet Plate Collodion, London, UK.
  • Workshop Leader.  Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum,Camera-less photography series of workshops, Tokyo, JP.
  • Workshop Leader. Fundación MAPFRE Cultura. Camera-Less Photography workshop, Madrid, ES. 
  • Workshop Leader. Victoria & Albert Museum. Camera-less photography series of workshops for secondary schools, London.
  • Workshop Leader. Scene Art Process. Collaborative cyanotype workshop.  London, UK.. 
  • Workshop Leader.  Four Corners Gallery. Salt Print Process. London, UK
  • Workshop Leader.  Four Corners Gallery. Wet Plate Collodion. London, UK

2015

  • Visiting Lecturer. Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
  • Associate Lecturer. Camberwell College of Arts.
  • Tutor. Digital Photography. Chelsea College of Arts.
  • Tutor. Alternative Photographic Printing, Camberwell College of Arts.
  • Speaker. William Whiffin's East End. Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
  • Speaker. London Alternative Photography Collective. 
  • Speaker. Panel discussion. Shadows Symposium. UAL
  • Guest Speaker. London College of Communication. BA Photography students.
  • Guest Speaker. Underway. Photography Archive and Research Centre.  UAL
  • Workshop leader. Wet Plate Collodion.V&A Museum.
  • Workshop leader.Wet Plate Collodion. Four Corners 
  • Workshop leader. Open House.Camberwell College of Arts.
  • Workshop leader. On Light. Wellcome Trust & UCL.

 2014 

  • Tutor. Alternative Photographic Printing, Camberwell College of Arts
  • Tutor.International Summer School for 16-18 Year Olds, Camberwell College of Arts
  • Tutor. Digital Photography,Camberwell College of Arts
  • Workshop Facilitator. Open House.Camberwell College of Arts
  • Teaching Assistant. Adventures in Polaroids, Double Negative Darkroom.
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