Belén Cerezo is artist, researcher and lecturer. In 2015 she completed a practice-led study at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) where she is an associate lecturer in the Photography Department. Within her practice and research, photography operates as the guiding notion to explore the muteness, the lack of innocence 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.
Her PhD research ‘What is it “to move” a photograph? Artistic tactics for destabilising and transforming images’ stemmed from pressing concerns encountered in her practice. This investigation enquired into how artistic practices, intervening in existing images, ‘move’ images in the sense of destabilising and transforming. The notion ‘to move’ led this investigation and it offered new insights on the operations of de-contextualisation and re-contextualisation, montage, the categories of the still and the moving image and the ‘affective encounter’ based on touching. In parallel to exploring the artistic tactics of gleaning, working with archives, the performance-lecture, montage and a tactic I have called ‘performing documents’. Thus, this enquiry argues for a ‘performative materiality’ to renovate the discourse on images. Specifically, the work makes evident a form of ‘affective encountering’ of images which acknowledges their materiality.
In 2016 she was a resident artist at Bilbaoarte, Bilbao. In 2015 she produced the project ‘Rehearsing Memory, Belton 2015’ for Belton House, the National Trust, in collaboration with artist Rebecca Lee. In 2012 she took part in the workshop ‘The Methodology of the Project’ led by Antoni Muntadas in MUSAC, Leon, Spain. Belén Cerezo co-coordinated the Education Department for Manifesta 8, Murcia, 2010. She 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 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 an MPhil in Photography and New Audio-visual Media at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.
Belén Cerezo is a resident artist at Primary, Nottingham.