Belen Cerezo wishes to challenge and complicate the notion of the image. Within her practice photography functions as a method of critically looking at and responding to social, economical and political situations. This practice deconstructs and reconstructs how we look at and respond to photographs and the moving image. She explores the lack of innocence, the muteness and the codification of photographs and how images mediate our experience when they are also mediated by other images. Her practice enquiries into popular culture, commodity fetishism and the current relationship between place and culture characterised by displacement.
In her current practice-as-research, Belen Cerezo works with found and collected images that belong to different institutions such as tourism, the archive or www. Attending to their materiality, she experiments with strategies such as montage, assemblage, and performing-narrating moving image in order to ‘give back’ some new liminal narratives, investigating the dialectical and malleable capacity of representation.
Belen Cerezo published the photo-book Somewhere Better, Nowhere Better in 2009. She had a solo exhibition titled Plastic People at CAB, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos in Burgos, Spain, in 2008 and she has taken part in several international collective exhibitions including Migration Addicts, part of the Parallel Events of the 52 Venice Biennale in 2007.
Belen Cerezo is a Spanish born artist, art educator and cultural producer. After living in various places, she is now living and working in Nottingham. Belen Cerezo studied a BA (Hons) Fine Art at the Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao, Spain and a BA (Hons) Art and Visual Culture at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Belen studied a MPhilin Photography and New Audiovisual Media at theUniversidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain. She is currently engaged in a practice-as-research PhD study at Nottingham Trent University.