Who I am

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MERI CABALLERO, L’Hospitalet de Ll. (Barcelona, Spain) (1985).
I live and work in Barcelona.

Transdisciplinar artist. Currently studying Dramatherapy and Artherapy. Interested in performance and arts as a process for the personal/social development and the educational practice, and also in the body as constructor, representation, manifestation and essence of our identity.

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STUDIES

– 2014-2015 / Specialised course ‘Foundations of Art Therapy’. Massana Permanent / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.
– 2014-2016 / Training in Drama Therapy. Institut Gestalt de Barcelona, Spain.
– 2006-2011 / Fine Arts degree. Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain.
– 2003-20006 / Journalism (two of four years). Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.

COURSES & WORKSHOPS RECEIVED

– 2014 / Course Characters & Emotions. Institut Gestalt de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain. [+info]
– 2013 & 2014 / Drag King-Drag Queen workshops. Fil a l’agulla, Espai Jove Garcilaso. Barcelona, Spain. [+info]
– 2013 & 2014 / Gestalt Dance & Authentic Movement classes with Paula Mariani. Barcelona
– 2013 / Course Artistic Mediation with Ascensión Moreno. Rai. Barcelona, Spain. [+info]
– 2005-2006 / Clown training with Merche Ochoa. Escola de Teatre La Riereta. Barcelona, Spain. [+info]
– 2012 / Course Final Cut. CIFO L’Hospitalet. Barcelona, Spain.
– 2011 / Course Digital Illustration. Editrain, Spain.
– 2010 / Course InDesign CS4. CIFO L’Hospitalet. Barcelona, Spain.
– 2005-2006 / Course Web Design. Punt d’Inserció. Barcelona, Spain.

GRANTS

– 2009-2010 / Séneca scholarship. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
– 2008-2009 / Erasmus scholarship. Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy.
– 2012 / Leonardo Internship. Cardiff, United Kingdom.
– 2011 / Scholarship for the realisation of the course Visual art in real time. Universidad Internacional Andalucía (UNIA), Spain.

EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

Nemaf – 14th Seoul International NewMedia Festival. Selected by IVAHM’14 Festival and Centro de Investigación y Documentación del Videoarte (CIDV, Madrid, Spain). With the support of Cooperación Española, AECID. Seoul, South Corea. 2014. [+info]
– Performer in Galería (im)perfecta, directed by Adrián Pino [+info] Centro de arte Mutuo, Barcelona, Spain. 2014. [+info]
XV Muestra Recopilatoria Videoartistas Asociados. Centro Arte La Neomudéjar, Madrid, Spain. 2014. [+info]
Festival Ivahm’14. Centro Arte La Neomudéjar, Madrid, Spain. 2014. [+info]
360º Around the Human Factor. elmur.net. Exhibition in elmur-Lleida, Spain. 2013. [+info]
Tallers Oberts Poble Sec 2012. Recreo Espacio Creativo, Barcelona, Spain. Collective exhibition. 2012.
Stripart 2012. XVII Mostra d’art jove d’Horta-Guinardó. CC Guinardó, Barcelona, Spain. Collective exhibition. 2012.[+info]
V Mulier Mulieris. Museo Universitario de Alicante (MUA), Spain. Collective exhibition. 2011. [+info]
II Muestra Internacional de Arte Universitario Ikasart. Barakaldo Exhibition Centre, Bilbao, Spain. 2010. Representing the Faculty of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. [+info]
Mail Art. Galería Estampa, Madrid. Collective exhibition. 2010.
Mostra Erasmus. Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italia. Collective exhibition. 2009.
I Festival d’Arts Visuals i Música Electrònica Inercia. Ateneu 9 Barris, Barcelona. Collective exhibition. 2009.

AWARDS & SELECTIONS

II International Contest DS Video Art. Crambo Visuales & Ivahm’14. Finalist. [+info]
Art Digital Award Jaume Graells 2011. Special mention.[+info]
Erasmus Photo Contest. Contest inside the project “Los jóvenes infelices”, curated by Pablo Marte. Trànsit Projectes, Intercultural Youth Panels. Brussels, Belgium. 2009.
4es Jornades Científiques i Tecnològiques de L’Hospitalet. Research about the human statues in Barcelona. Honor mention. 2003.
1es Jornades Científiques i Tecnològiques de L’Hospitalet. Research about the okupa movement in the city of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Group research. 1st award.

PUBLICATIONS

– Article “Autoconeixent-se amb un escàner” about the artist Luciana Crepaldi. Reàlia d’Humanitats Magazine, 2005. Associació per a la difusió de les Humanitats.

GRAPHIC DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION, WEB, COMMUNICATION
http://www.mericaballero.tumblr.com

Beyond my topics work and research, I believe in creative expression as a communication tool, that serves for the configuration of our identities and for the construction of a society more empathic, plural and loving and for the individual empowerment.

I have worked in different projects related with the fields of art, therapy, and LGTBQI and gender.

Some examples:

– Poster for the I Marató Escènica Gai (2012), Teatre del Raval [+info]
– Web for the coach Carles Altés [+info]
– Posters and leaflets for the yoga group Ioga Panteres Grogues [+info]
– Poster for the theatre play “Laboratorio de la vagina”, Xuà Xuà Teatro Company [+info]