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Elena Lavellés

Elena Lavellés explores the process of social exclusion, territorial displacement and plundering of natural resources

Elena Lavellés lives and works between New York, Mexico City and Madrid. She took part in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (New York, EE.UU), she studied an MFA in Photography & Media and Integrated Media in California Institute of the Arts - CalArts (Los Ángeles, USA), Master in Contemporary Art at Universidad Europea de Madrid, graduate in Arts at CES Felipe II (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), and has also studied Philosophy and Geology (U.C.M).

Lavellés has shown her work in different exhibitions, projections, both collectively and individually in cities such as Los Ángeles, New York, Singapur, Buenos Aires, México City and Madrid. She has received awards, schollarships and residences such as Generación 2018 (La Casa Encendida, Madrid), Schollarship Multiverso a la Creación en Videoarte 2017 (Fundación BBVA, Bilbao), Residence Blueproject Foundation 2017 (Barcelona), I Convocatoria Programa de Residencias Matadero Madrid 2017, Support for visual art creation by the Comunidad de Madrid 2017, NYSCA 2017 Electronic Media & Film Finishing Fund Grant (New York, EE.UU), Schollarship PICE de Acción Cultural Española, schollarship and residence abroad for young artists by Comunidad de Madrid, Excellence Schollarship by the government of Mexico 2015 (CDMEX, México), Efroymson Family Foundation Project Grant (Indianápolis, EE.UU.), Bartman Grant (Los Ángeles, EE.UU.), XXV Edición de circuitos de artes plásticas de la Comunidad de Madrid, Intransit 2014 or Residence for artists at Casa de Velázquez among others.    

Ciudad del Carmen has been one of the most affected cities in the gulf of Mexico in terms of demographic, urbanistic and environmental impact, throughout the last decades due to oil drilling by Pemex, Petróleos Mexicanos, since the 70s.