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Alana Iturralde, Eclipse Jar, 2016. Ceramic. From the series Surrendering Venus. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Amirmasoud Agharebparast.

Alana Iturralde, Rest My head on a Wall of Water, 2019. Embroidery and flower tunic. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andrew Castaneda.

Alana Iturralde, Palangana, 2018. Ceramic. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andrew Castaneda.

Alana Iturralde, Talk to the Universe, 2019. Embroidery. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andrew Castaneda.

Alana Iturralde works across textiles, ceramics, photography and video to explore the poetics of craft and its relationship with cultural identity. Of particular interest are practices of manual labour that engage with body awareness, meditation and decolonisation, to produce new modes of engagement and emancipated identities.

During her residency at Gasworks Iturralde plans to research The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a back-to-the-land movement founded in Britain in the 1920s. Her work focus on the rituals they performed at famous English landmarks such as Stonehenge and Silbury Hill, and their desire to connect with prehistoric energies and the occult.   

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Alana Iturralde Leon lives and works in San Juan. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts at Penn State (2019). In 2017 she was awarded the Emerging Artist Grant by the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation for the arts. Recent exhibitions include: Un hecho de diferencias, Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona (2018); Stitch, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design; Punto de Partida, Ana Mas Projects, San Juan (both 2017); Fragility Manifesto in Detener Continuar, Matadero Madrid (2015); and Always at home LP collection, Arsenal de la Marina, San Juan (2012).

Alana Iturralde’s residency is supported by the Caribbean Art Initiative.