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Carlos Irijalba [Pamplona, 1979] former resident at the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam 2013/2014, Graduated at the Basque Country University and UDK Berlin en 2004.
Awarded with the Guggenheim Bilbao Photography Grant in 2003 and the Marcelino Botín Art Grant in 2007/08 also received the Purificacion Garcia photography first Prize and the Revelation PhotoEspaña Prize among others. Irijalba has exhibited at international Art Museums, including the CCCB Barcelona, MUMA Melbourne or LMCC New York.

His work analizes the way in which western culture recreates an abstract medium that loses all relations except to itself. Spectacle has marked out the plane of the visible so it can be easily digested, transferring attention towards a series of pseudo-events. Irijalba works in projects as TWILIGHT or the recent UNWILLING SPECTATOR and HIGH TIDES in that direction between relative experience of time and territory and the collective construction of the real.


Carlos Irijalba [Pamplona, 1979] residente en la Rijksakademie de Amsterdam en el periodo 2013/14, se graduó en la Universidad del País Vasco y UDK Berlín en 2004.
Galardonado con la Beca Guggenheim Bilbao de fotografia 2003 y la beca de Artes plásticas Marcelino Botin 2007/08 o el premio Purificacion Garcia 2009 y Generaciones 2009, entre otros. Ha expuesto recientemente en centros internacionales como el Herzliya Museum Israel o LMCC Nueva York.

Su trabajo analiza el modo en que el paradigma occidental recrea un medio abstracto que pierde toda relación excepto para consigo misma. El espéctaculo ha dibujado un plano de lo visible para su fácil digestión, transfiriendo la atención hacia una serie de pseudo aconteciminetos. Irijalba trabaja en proyectos como TWILIGHT o los recientes UNWILLING SPECTATOR y HIGH TIDES en esa dirección entre la experiencia relativa de tiempo y territorio y la construcción colectiva de lo real.




  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunste. Amsterdam.
  • ISCP. International Studio Program. New York.
  • UDK. Universität der Kunst. Prof. Lothar Baumgarten. Berlin.
  • Graduated in Fine Arts at the UPV Basque Country University.
  • Graduated at the Pamplona School of Art. Pamplona.


  • Notes on our equilibrium. Curated by Evelyn Simons and Eleonore de Sadeleer at CAB Art Center. Brussels.
  • On the turn of the century Curated by Benjamin Weil at Centro Botin Santander (Spain).
  • Espacio-tiempo. Curated by Sema D’Acosta at Da2 Museum Salamanca (Spain).
  • A Myriad of voices. Curated by La Fabrica. D.C. Cultural Center. Washington D.C. (USA)
  • Race to the bottom. Curated by Joram Kraaijeveld at Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln (Germany).
  • Las paces de Urtubia 1513 Curated by Guillermo Zuaznabar at Museo Jorge Oteiza Alzuza (Spain).
  • Reproductibilidad. Curated by Nekane Aranburu. Museo Es Baluard. Mallorca. Spain.
  • Skins. Solo show at Moises Perez de Albeniz Gallery. Madrid.
  • Concrete. Curated by Geraldine Barlow. Tophane-i Amite Culture and Arts Center. Istambul.
  • Listen to the stones, think like a mountain. Curated by Eveline Bracke. Galerie Tatjana Pieters. Gent.
  • Invincible forest. Curated by Annie Le Brun. Museum of Contemporary Art. Zagreb.
  • Percussive Hunter. Group show curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk. Akbank Sanat. Istanbul.
  • The third place. Solo show at MUN Museum. Pamplona.
  • Concrete. Curated by Geraldine Barlow. MUMA Museum, Melbourne.
  • Amalgam. Solo show curated by Julia Geerlings. Galerie Van Gelder. Amsterdam.
  • The Surface. Solo show at. Juan Silió Galerie Santander (Spain).
  • UNCUT. Solo Show at. Cerezales Foundation, Cerezales (Spain).
  • Lost in Paradise. Curated by Gerardo Mosquera. MART Trento.
  • Insights into the Wemhöner Collection. OSRAM Höfe, Berlin.
  • Artists’ Film at Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London.
  • High Tides. Galerie Sherin Najjar. Berlin.
  • Coleccion VIII CA2M. Madrid.
  • L’Comme Lumiére. Gaitè Lirique. Paris.
  • Urdaibaiarte. Curated by Alberto Sanchez Balmisa. Urdaubai (Basque Country).
  • Delimitations. Curated by Ghila Limon. Herzliya Museum. Israel.
  • Lost sites. Curated by Teresa Blanch. Centro Huarte. Spain.
  • Goazen txinara. Egg Gallery Beijing.
  • Urban projections. Yokohama Art Center Japan.
  • No one is an island. Curated by Omar Lopez Chaoud. Governors Island LMCC. New York.
  • Esa cosa verde de ahí afuera. Curated by Jose Castañal. Travesía Cuatro Gallery . Madrid.
  • Entre temps. Curated by Francois Lostau. Le Carre Bayone.
  • Rencontres internationales. Centre Pompidou. Paris.
  • VOLTA NY. New York.
  • Welcome home. Moisés Pérez de Albéniz Gallery. Pamplona.
  • OFF Mostoles CA2M. Mostoles. Spain.
  • 25 Years Injuve Art Prize curated by Maria Corral Tabacalera. Madrid.
  • Queens move, White Box satellite. Long Island City. NY.
  • Spain on the edge. Instituto Cervantes Chicago.
  • Atopía. Centro de Cultura Contemporánea CCCB. Barcelona.
  • Rencontres Internationales. Jeu de Paume- Paris.
  • Risk. MA Studio. Beijing.
  • La colección 2. TEA Tenerife.
  • ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’ Thornton Room Chelsea New York.
  • Generaciones 2009. Caja Madrid. Itinerant.
  • Itinerarios 07-08. Beca Artes plásticas. Marcelino Botín Foundation.
  • Exposures. Dina Mitrani Gallery. Miami.
  • Ajenos. Palazzo Sambuca. Palermo.Curated by Raffalella Guidobono.
  • Extraños en el paraiso. Coleccion ARTIUM. Instituto Cervantes of Beijing and Tokyo.
  • Balance. Galeria Unosunove. Roma. Curated by Raffael Gavarro.
  • Anamnesis. Bienal de Valencia-Sao Paolo.
  • Injuve 2006. Circulo de Bellas Artes. Madrid.
  • DFOTO 06. Galería Fernando Silió.
  • Generación 2006. Caja Madrid (itinerant).
  • Interzonas 2006. Palacio de Sástago. Zaragoza.
  • Ertibil, Young Basque Artists (itinerant).
  • 10th Pamplona Art Biennale. City of Pamplona.
  • Casaborne. Antequera.
  • Explosio 2004. Itinerant: Kottbus. Berlin.


  • The Shifting Foundation award San Francisco (USA)
  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Amsterdam (NL)
  • Revelation PhotoEspaña Prize.
  • Awarded CAM Arts Grant.
  • ISCP Artist in residence NY.
  • First Prize Purificación García.
  • Honor Mention Generaciones 2009.
  • Matadero Madrid Mobility prize.
  • MA Studio Resident Grant. Beijing.
  • Marcelino Botín Foundation Visual Arts Grant.
  • Bilbao Arte Foundation Resident Grant.
  • Fine Arts Award Colegio de España. Paris.
  • Government of Navarre Art Grant.
  • Photography Scholarship Guggenheim Bilbao.
  • First Prize Young Navarrese artists.
  • Erasmus Scholarship Universität der Kunst. Berlin.


  • Artium Contemporary Art Museum. Vitoria. Spain.
  • Patio Herreriano Museum. Valladolid. Spain.
  • CA2M Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo. Comunidad de Madrid.
  • Coca Cola Art foundation.
  • Obra social Caja Madrid.
  • Marcelino Botin Foundation.
  • Villar Mir Collection.
  • El corte Inglés Collection.
  • IVAM Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno.
  • Bilbao Arte Foundation.
  • Unicaja Collection.
  • Museum of Navarre.
  • Pamplona City Council.
  • Public University of Navarre.
  • Basque Country University.
  • Gobierno de Cantabria.

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