Within Belen Cerezo’s artistic practice, photography functions as a method of critically looking at and responding to social, economical and political situations. 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 entitled “What does it mean to move an image?”, Belen Cerezo works with existing imagery that belongs to different institutions such as tourism, the archive or www. Attending to their materiality, she utilises tactics such as montage, assemblage, and performing-narrating moving image in order to unfix and destabilise images’ meanings. In doing so, she explores the malleable capacity of representation and the functions of images.
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 visual artist, educator and cultural researcher. After living in various places, she is now working in Nottingham, UK. 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 MPhil in 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.