Concha Jerez
Spain, 1941
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The career of Concha Jerez spans forty years of artistic work. She belongs to the first generation in Spain to embrace Conceptual art in dialogue with the Fluxus movement—particularly Wolf Vostell—and the ground-breaking Spanish group ZAJ. Since 1976, she has explored the field of site-specific installation with projects that are substantial in scope and largely intermedia in character. Her work is characterised by the incorporation of a wide array of interests and media, including still and moving images, printed text and handwriting, speech and silence, noise and music, found or made objects, actions and performance, radio art and interactive art using sensors as well as works specifically created for the Internet. One aspect common to all of her work is dialogue and interaction with the physical space. She has used these resources to address topics of profound, social resonance from a critical perspective, analysing the mechanisms of censorship and self-censorship, consumer society, entertainment culture, the manipulative power of the mass media in shaping how we think, the impact of advertising, the different controls exerted by political and economic power over the individual, surveillance and the sophisticated control mechanisms in developed societies or the limited scope of freedom allowed by our democratic systems. In her art, Jerez outlines strategies of resistance and dismantling the predominant forms of discourse, often introducing the concept of interference. The piece Retrato de Marcel Duchamp represents the most objectual facet of the artist’s work. Here she combines text and found materials to compose a mental portrait of one of the most important and transgressive figures in 20th century art. In addition to completing a political science degree, Concha Jerez studied piano at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid. She has combined her work as an artist with teaching positions, holding an associate professorship at the Faculty of Fine Art of the University of Salamanca between 1991 and 2012. Over the course of the past twenty years, she has also developed important, international projects in collaboration with the artist and composer José Iges. Her work is included in the permanent collections of museums like the Moderner Kunst Museum in Nörkoping, Museo Vostell Malpartida, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Museum Wiesbaden, ARTIUM, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos or Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vilafamés. She is also represented in the collections of the Madrid regional government, Caja Burgos, Biblioteca Nacional, Brigitte March in Stuttgart, Schüppenhauer in Cologne and others.
Alicia Murría

Artworks by the artist included in the Collection Artworks by the artist included in the Collection

  • Portrait of Marcel Duchamp / 1988