Isabel Rocamora is an artist working with the moving image and stills photography. Her practice originated in performance, with live works commissioned by institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bluecoat and the Arts Council of England. Awarded internationally, her works can be seen in galleries, museums and filmothèques worldwide, and are held in several permanent collections.

Engaged with the human condition, Rocamora’s recent practice has considered the relationship between exile and selfhood, the ethical consequences of military violence, and issues of faith and difference at the heart of contemporary conflict. Her intricately choreographed mise-en-scènes focus on the performative nature of human gesture and its relationship to individual and cultural identity. Concerned with the significance of place, the expansive landscapes in her images reveal their presence as history-bearing sites. In this way, the bunker-strewn beaches of the Normandy Landings (Body of War) and the limitless valleys of the Judean desert (Faith) transcend the classical landscape to become, respectively, loci of trauma or spiritual retreat. While Rocamora’s film aesthetics are decidedly cinematic, her temporal works are often created as multi-channel installations, employing a rigorous exhibition architecture specifically designed for each project. Informed by over a decade of filmic investigation, she has in recent years evolved a practice in still photography. Observational in nature, her work in this medium complements her distilled moving installations through exposing the cultural and political contexts of their subject-matter.

Rocamora's films have been extensively exhibited, including the Centre for Contemporary Art Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel and the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna. She has been selected for international surveys of videoart at Artium Museum of Modern Art, Vitoria, The Pacific Centre, L.A., Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona and MAC Museum, Galicia and The Venice Biennale (Colaterali). Recently, alongside her recent solo exhibitions Troubled Histories, Ecstatic Solitudes at The Koffler Gallery (Toronto), Ecstatic Solitudes at The Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Utah, and Imaging Faith at Summerhall Galleries (Edinburgh), her work has shown at the Musée de la Civilisation, Quebec; UNTREF Museum, Buenos Aires; Museo Patio Herreriano de Valladolid; and the Museu Història de Catalunya, Barcelona, among other venues.

Isabel teaches film at the University of Edinburgh. She has previously held lectureships in film practice at Edinburgh Napier University (Screen Academy Scotland), Barcelona International Film School and Instituto Europeo Di Design. She has been widely invited to give artist talks in the context of her exhibitions, these include: the Whitechapel Gallery and the Architects' Association, London; the Royal Art Circle, Barcelona; Hamidrasha School of Art, Israel and A.M Qattan Foundation, Palestinian Territories. Isabel has delivered talks on the moving image at Brown University (US) and the Universities of Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Oxford (UK).

She lives and works in Edinburgh and is represented by Galeria SENDA.



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