Eli Cortiñas was born 1976 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria/Spain. She studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the European Film College Ebeltoft, Denmark. An essential part of her work is marked by an individualist film editing. By omitting whole passages or the steady repetition of short sequences, she achieves a new definition of found film material. The thus compacted and often redirected view of the spectator decouples the work from its origin to make it an artwork that stands for its self alone. The compression is provocative, produces its own aesthetic and thematizes new fields. Also in her productions Eli Cortiñas manages to very deliberately confront the viewer with aspects of reality and to sharpen his or her (in)sight. She understands film editing as an “act of writing”, in that she interrupts or reconstructs the narrative flow. The same disconcerting treatment of reality and object marked by new-definition is also found with the rest of her oeuvre from collage to object art. Essential exhibitions of her works took place at the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others. Eli Cortiñas lives and works in Berlin.
Sagenhaft! 40 Jahre Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Oct. 02, 2017 - Dec. 19, 2017, Bielefeld
Film Footage Fotografie, Oct. 06, 2017 - Nov. 26, 2017, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig
Im Anschluss / Afterwards: A voiced gesture by Mariechen Danz, July 16, 2016 - Sep. 11, 2016, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Wirklich jetzt!, May 22, 2016 - September 04, 2016, Group exhibition, Museum Goch, Goch
What about tropical delights in neoliberal times, April 30, 2015 - Aug. 09, 2015, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderne CAAM, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Dis>Play, 2014, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Main