Nora Aurrekoetxea


1989 Bilbao/Netherlands

She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country in 2013 and developed her practice in conjunction with the artist Laura Ruiz for 5 years (2013- 2017), both working as a tandem. Their work was based on biographical need to respond to a historical moment related to the Basque political context and its social imaginary. In parallel she studied a postgraduate course in Sexology at (Madrid 2011-2013).

In this period of time she founded and directed together with two other artists OKELA (2014-2017), an artist run space located in Bilbao dedicated to contemporary art that proposes a formal and discursive dialogue between artists from different generations of the Basque Country. This project was and still is funded by the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Bilbao City Council.

In 2017, She received the Botín Foundation Scholarship with which She moved to London (2017) to study a Master in Sculpture at the Royal Collage of Art (2017- 2019). It is in this period of time when She reconnected with her interests in Sexology which directs the basis of her current practice to explore text and performance combined with sculpture and installation.

She has been artist in residence at BilbaoArte (Bilbao, 2015), Y residence (Athens, 2016), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, 2018), Solomon R. Guggenheim (New York, 2018), DerdeWal (Nijmegen, 2021) and Paradise Air (Tokyo, 2022). She has received the Bizkaia Provincial Council Scholarship (2015), the Basque Government Artistic Production Scholarship (2018, 2019 and 2021), the Botín Foundation Scholarship (2017), the ARCO Madrid fair award (2020), the second award ERTIBIL (2021), Etxepare Institute funds (2021), Groeispurtfonds (2021), Generaciones (2021) and GURE ARTEA prize (2022).

Solo shows include Intersticio (London, 2020) and Juan Silió gallery (Madrid 2020). She has participated in collective exhibitions at Centro Botín (Santander 2019 and 2020), Ca2m (Madrid 2020), Intersticio (Madrid 2020 and 2021), Rodriguez Gallery (Poznan 2021), SUPER preview (London 2021), HAUS WIEN (Vienna 2021), Staffordshire Studios (London 2021), DerdeWal (Nijmegen 2021), Mutter (Amsterdam 2021), Omstand (Arnhem, 2022), Tabakalera (Donostia 2022), La Casa Encendida (Madrid 2022), Nono Gallery (Lisbon 2022) ,the Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao 2022) and Oteiza Foundation (2022).

Her work is part of the permanent collection of the DKV Foundation, the CA2M

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