Itziar Barrio is a multimedia artist based in NYC. BY ALL MEANS, her first survey exhibition comprised of past works and new productions took place at Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao, 2018). The exhibition was curated by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum in NYC. Itziar Barrio is a 2018-2019 recipient of the Spanish Academy in Rome Fellowship.
Currently Itziar Barrio is concluding her long term project THE PERILS OF OBEDIENCE. Its last iteration took place at El Museo del Banco de la República in Bogotá Colombia, produced by Rincón Projects in 2017. A recent stage of the project was carried out at PARTICIPANT INC in 2016 in NYC, sponsored in part by AC/E. Following the performance a solo show by Itziar Barrio took place in the gallery space. This project merges different media and challenges notions of social rules, participating in a larger debate about labor conditions and subjectivity. THE PERILS OF OBEDIENCE places a cast of performers within fictional and non-fictional parameters, using material from iconic movie scripts, narratives from their own lives, manifestos, and historical and recent events. The audience witnesses at the same time the performance and the making of a movie.
Itziar Barrio's work has been presented internationally at: MACBA, Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade, Serbia; PARTICIPANT INC, New York City; Abrons Arts Center, New York City; Anthology Films Archives, NYC; tranzit, Romania; (ENPAP) European Network of Public Art Producers; Espacio ODEÓN, Bogotá, Colombia; ARTIUM Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill, NY; Festival of Ideas for the New City at New Museum, NYC; Havana Biennial 2009, Cuba; Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC; acb Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; Rincón Projects, Bogota, Colombia; 404 Festival of Post-Electronic Art 2008, Trieste, Italy; PiSt, Istanbul, Turkey; Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland; The Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin; LOOP, Barcelona; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain; and Galerie Thomas Henry Ross, Montreal. She has received awards including grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYC, as well as the New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Grant and the First Prize Ertibil. She has participated in a number of residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, La Escuelita Nicaragua and The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). She has lectured at NYU, Hunter College, Montclair University and Parsons, The New School for Design, among many others. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.