ALMUDENA ROMERO

Almudena Romero is 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 3D scanning and printing. Her 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 identities, or the link between photographic archives and colonialism. Romero’s works focus on how photography affects the notions of public, private, memory and, in general, the concept of the individual, and touch on how perception affects existence and how photography contributes to organising perception.

Romero has shown and explained her practice at the Victoria and Albert MuseumNational Portrait Gallery TATE Modern, TATE Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tsinghua Art Museumthe Whitechapel Gallery, Le Cent-Quatre ParisUniversity of the Arts LondonUnseen Amsterdam and Fundacion Mapfre.  She has received various awards and bursaries including the Heritage Lottery Fundi-Portunus. Creative Europe Fund, the Arts Council England Project Grants, and  a-n Artist Bursaries. She has also been awarded prestigious international residencies at the Sichuan Fina Arts Institute (China), Penumbra Foundation (USA)Lucy Art Residency (Greece) and National Portrait Gallery (UK)

Romero has received commissions to produce installations in public spaces from Team London Bridge, Southwark CouncilEmergency Exit Artist, Wellcome Trust and University College London, Bow Arts Trust & London Festival of Architecture. Her work has been featured in BBC Four and other media including in Photomonitor, Radio France InternationaleTimeOut, DUST magazine, EXTRA magazine (FOMU, Foto Museum) and other media.

Romero holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice  in Art, Design and Communication and an MA Photography from the University of the Arts London. She is a lecturer at the Stanford University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Romero has also delivered courses, lectures and artist talks for Science Museum,  Mitsubishi Ichigokan MuseumEstorick Collection,  Sotheby's  Institute of ArtUniversity of Westminster, Kingston University, University for the Creative Arts and Southampton Solent University. 

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.

Commissions

Selected residencies

Works in archives and collections

  • Stephan Loewentheil Collection, USA.
  • Gabriela Cendoya-Bergareche Collection, France. 
  • Jerome Kohler, The Philanthropic Lab, France.
  • Photography Archive and Research Centre. University of the Arts London, UK.
  • Bow Arts Trust. London, UK.

Awards, Grants and Funding

  • 2019 National Lottery Heritage Fund.
  • 2019. i-Portunus. Creative Europe Fund. 
  • 2019 Bow Arts Thamesmead Artists Fund.
  • 2019 SPAIN arts & culture.  Cultural Office. Embassy of Spain in USA.  Penumbra residency support grant. 
  • 2018 Arts Council England. National Lottery Project Grants.
  • 2018 a-n Artist Bursaries , UK.
  • 2018 New Ham Council Artists Fund.
  • 2016 Recipient, London Creative Network, professional development programme, London
  • 2015 Finalist, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. 
  • 2014 Winner, Ideas Tap , Night Contact, Brighton Photo Biennial. 
  • 2012 Shortlisted, Novel Authors Grant. PHOTON Festival, Valencia, Spain. 
  • 2009 Recipient, FARO Grant. UCM. Madrid, Spain.

Solo exhibitions

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2019. Belfast Photo Festival with Golden Thread Gallery, UK.
  • 2019. Bow Arts Nunnery Gallery group show curated by Carey Young. 
  • 2019. Contemporary London Art. Curated by Anna Dorofeeva. Fundacja Polsko Ormiańska, Warsaw, Poland. 
  • 2019. Menier Gallery. Curated by Francesca Wilson.
  • 2019. Obsolete and Discontinued. Curated by Mike Crawford. Magazzini Fotografici Gallery, Italy. 
  • 2019. Thamesmead Yarton Way Gallery. Curated by Vanessa and Liam Scully. 
  • 2018. Tsinghua Art Museum. Vision and Reflection. Curated by Phillip Prodger. Beijing, China. 
  • 2018. UNSEEN Festival. CO-OP space. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2018. Centquatre-Paris. Festival Circulation(s). France.
  • 2018. Pic.London photo festival
  • 2017. HYPERANALOGUE. The Photographers' Gallery. London, UK. 
  • 2017.  Studio Bong Gallery. Florence. Italy. Curated by Chiara Salvi.
  • 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 tintype 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. 

Publications & Press

Selected Teaching, Lectures, Seminars & Symposia

2019

2018

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) . London, UK.
  • Visiting practitioner. BA Photography Students. University of Westminster.. 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).  Analogue Processes.  London, UK.
  • Tutor,   London College of Communication (UAL). Darkroom Techniques. 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
  • Workshop Leader.  Photofusion. London, UK.

2015

  • Visiting Lecturer. Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
  • Associate Lecturer. BA Photography. Camberwell College of Arts. (UAL)
  • Tutor. International Summer School. Chelsea College of Arts.(UAL)
  • Tutor. Alternative Photographic Printing, Camberwell College of Arts.(UAL)
  • Speaker. William Whiffin's East End. Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
  • Guest Speaker.University of the Arts London (UAL) biennial of research, UK.
  • Guest Speaker. London College of Communication. BA Photography students.
  • Guest Speaker. Underway. Photography Archive and Research Centre.  UAL
  • Workshop leader. V&A Museum. Wet Plate Collodion.
  • Workshop leader.Four Corners .Wet Plate Collodion. 
  • Workshop leader. Camberwell College of Arts. Open House.
  • Workshop leader. On Light. Wellcome Trust & UCL.

 2014 

  • Tutor. Alternative Photographic Printing, Camberwell College of Arts. UAL
  • Tutor.International Summer School, Camberwell College of Arts. UAL
  • Tutor. Digital Photography,Camberwell College of Arts. UAL
  • Workshop Facilitator. Open House.Camberwell College of Arts. UAL
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