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Born 1979 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Eli Cortiñas

Eli Cortiñas is a video artist of Cuban descent. Her artistic practice can be located within the appropriation tradition, using already existing audiovisual material to de- and identities as well as hegemonic narratives. Her collage-like video essays and accompanying installations mix found imagery with documentary strategies.

She was a guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel and the Art Academy Mainz and shared a professorship for Spatial Concepts with Candice Breitz at the University of Art Braunschweig from 2019 till 2022. Cortiñas has recently been appointed professor for Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. Her work views film as a collective memory, connecting historical footage with contemporary perspectives.

Cortiñas has received numerous grants and residencies, including Fundación Botín, Kunstfonds, Villa Massimo, Berlin Senate, Villa Sträuli, Goethe Institute, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Rupert and Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff among others.

Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as Museum Ludwig, Kunsthalle Budapest, CAC Vilnius, SCHIRN Kunsthalle, SAVVY Contemporary, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Museum Marta Herford, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art Moscow, Kunstmuseum Bonn and MUSAC et al., as well as in international Biennials and festivals such as Ural Industrial Biennial, Riga Biennale, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Mardin Biennale, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Curtas Vila Do Conde and Nashville Film Festival et al.

Selected Works
Eli Cortiñas
Vessels large may venture more. Little boats should keep near Shore II
Collage on paper
33 × 45 cm
Eli Cortiñas
Vessels large may venture more. Little boats should keep near Shore I
Collage on paper
33 × 45 cm
The Body is The House, The House is But Haunted
July 1 - October 2, 2022
New Saints
­June 20 – July 21, 2020


shared booth with PINKSUMMER 

with Eli Cortiñas, Mariana Castillo Deball, Mark Dion, Lynn Hershman Leeson & Tomás Saraceno

February 22 - 26, 2023


The Body is The House, The House is But Haunted

at Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE

July 1 - October 2, 2022
Braunschweig, DE

Waldburger Wouters is pleased to present its first cycle of a 4 weeks online film exhibition with Lin Yuqi, Elen Braga, Eli Cortiñas, and Lynn Hershman Leeson.

Week 1: June 4 Lin Yuqi

Week 2: June 11 Elen Braga

Week 3: June 18 Eli Cortiñas

Week 4: June 25 Lynn Hershman Leeson

June 4 – July 2, 2021

Eli Cortiñas’ „The Excitement of Ownership’’ and Lynn Hershman Leeson’s ‘Roberta Breitmore series’ in RESISTANT FACES at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich

November 27, 2020 – April 11, 2021
Pinakothek der Moderne in
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