Ana Rakel Ruiz De Sabando

October 2018

Ana Rakel Ruiz de Sabando (b. 1983, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain) has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country and a Master’s Degree in Artistic Production from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. The anguish and fear that arise from confrontation with the space, with the other (understood as a reflection of ourselves), with oneself, as well as the loss of collective and individual memory, or the search for an unattainable freedom, are the fundamental concepts of her works. She has participated in multiple exhibitions and projects, such as “Das FabrikUtop,” Brunnen, 2016; “Die unerträgliche Ewigkeit,” Künstlerhaus Solothurn, 2015; and “Hold the line, please!”, Schlieren, 2015. She currently lives and works in Zurich.

Solo Exhibition
2017    «Ana Rakel Ruiz de Sabando & Andrea Nottaris», Künstlerhaus S11, Solothurn (CH)
2015    «RockART & Roll, Part II»,  Langstrassenkultur, Zurich
2014   «RockART & Roll»,  Langstrassenkultur, Zurich
2013   «OG9000»,  Vorzimmer-OG9, Kunsthaus Aussersihl, Zurich
2011   «Refugios Inconscientes – Ezusteko Gotorlekuak», School of Arts and Crafts,Vitoria-Gasteiz
2010  «Itzaletan barrena», Centro Cívico El Pilar, Vitoria-Gasteiz
2009  «Un viaje entre las sombras», Centro de Juventud Orriols, Valencia
2009  «La posibilidad de una isla», Sala La Perrera, Valencia
2009  «Límite, caos, paisaje», Sala La Perrera, Valencia

Group Exhibition
2016  «Gabinete Zas 01», Zas Kultur Espazioa, Vitoria-Gasteiz
2016  «Das Fabrikutop», Nova Brunnen / altes Zementareal, Brunnen (CH)
2015  «Art 4 All», Langstrassenkultur, Zurich
2015  «les jours des éphémères», Künstlerhaus S11, Solothurn (CH)
2015  «Hold the line, please», Linie 31., Schlieren (CH)
2010  «Second Spring Auction», CUVE. Gallery Space DA, Pekin
2010  «Open studio», Red Gate Gallery Studios, Pekin
2010  «Red Gate Residency Exhibition», Red Gate GAllery Studios, Pekin
2009  «IV Campus Guía, Creatividad social y desarrollo local.sostenible», Espacio Guía, Santa María de Guía, Gran Canaria
2009  «El dulce sabor de la tradición», Sala La Perrera, Valencia
2009  «El rizo de tu pelo negro», Sala La Perrera, Valencia
2009  «El vacio que deja tu boca», Sala La Perrera, Valencia
2008  «Instal·lat», Ca Revolta Space, Valencia
2008  «El traje del emperador», Facultad de Informática UPV, Valencia
2005  «Ikusi Arte», Asociacion Cultural Xpression, Zarautz

2018  Residency Program Tabakalera, Kooshk Residency, Tehran (Oktober 2018)
2015  «Die unerträgliche Ewigkeit», Künstlerhaus S11, Solothurn
2009/10  Residency Program Red Gate Gallery, Pekin
2009  Landscape Workshop Grant, Sta. María de Guía – Gran Canaria
2009  Colección Urbana, Proyecto seleccionado por Valetudo Artístico, Valencia
2005/06  Erasmus Grant, Kommunikationdesign FHTW, Berlin

2009/10 Member of La Perrera Space, Valencia
2008/-   Member of Collective Gesto y Resto /



My initial proposal consisted of collecting objects from the streets of Tehran that would allow me to create connections with the collective and individual memory of its people. However, the contact with the city, the culture, and especially its people, transformed the project, and I started gathering experiences, ideas, patterns, forms, materials, etc. which intuitively formed the basis of the different proposals I made in this residency. In my work, I use the contraposition between the idea of shelter as a space of protection and security, and the shelter-cage that ends up robbing your freedom. That is why I felt very attracted to the lattices from the beginning that are so present in traditional architecture and by the symbolism as well as the relationship they have with the latent division that seems to exist between the public and private spheres. The interior spaces become shelters to show a more authentic self, and like the lattices, they let the light through, but keep the interior hidden. In the public/exterior space, reality seems to fade between appearances, and the body itself becomes the shelter. Life seems to be a complex set of shadows, where it is difficult to distinguish between appearance and reality.