Since graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1992, Eulalia Valldosera has developed a body of work demystifying the status of the artist as a unique creator, conceiving herself, in her own words, “as a producer of meanings, rather than as a producer of works”. This process began with Valldosera breaking away from painting and the traditional academic approach to art, to question the conventional representation of women and, hence, recuperate areas of femininity that were vanishing within a male-dominated world of work. Through a dynamic practice that interweaves photography, performance, installation and video, Valldosera engages in an elusive theatrical portrayal of female identity, placing her body as a measure and referent of all experience.
For Valldosera, everyday objects signify states of interdependence and power relationships, such as the family or love, becoming active subjects in her narratives. In her fluid and multi-layered installations – mise-en-scène of our familiar habitats – domestic artefacts become active players as the space is animated by rotary motors, mirrors, projectors and filmic devices. By openly showing the mechanisms of production, the 'trick' is uncovered and the power figure of the artist becomes relative, blurring the boundaries between public and private space, and physical and mental bodies. As light plays with shadow, and the objects arrange and re-arrange within the space, the spectator becomes a participant immersed in the movement, intervening in the intimate environment.
Born in 1963, Eulalia Valldosera lives and works in Barcelona. Valldosera has had significant solo shows at Witte de With, Rotterdam; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Kunsthalle Lophem, Brugge; Museé d’Art Contemporain de Montréal and Fundacio Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. She has participated in many international biennials such as Lyon, Venice, Istanbul, Sydney and São Paulo. Her work is in private and public collections including MACBA, Museo Reina Sofía, Deutsche Bank, La Caixa, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, MUSAC, FRAC PACA, Maison Européenne de la Photographie and Grand-Hornu, Belgium.