Itzal aktiboa prizewinner Verónica Domingo wins Guggenheim Basque artists fellowship

November 24, 2023

Verónica Domingo Alonso, winner of the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for young contemporary artists in 2013, has been selected as one of three young Basque artists for a one-month fellowship in New York under the Guggenheim’s 2023 Basque Artist Program.

The annual fellowship is designed to enable participants to get to know the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s collection and the New York art scene, with a busy schedule of meetings with curators, art galleries and artists.

Also participating in this year’s Guggenheim Basque Artist Program are video-installation artist Jorge Isla Villacampa and multi-disciplinary artist Claudia Lorenzo Sainz. The program began earlier this month and continues until December 15.

Drawing on a range of graphic methods and materials, Verónica Domingo takes a black-and-white monochromatic approach to the treatment of a range of historical-memory and socio-political topics. She is currently exhibiting at the Arteztu gallery in San Sebastian.

Recent major works include her “Baix Terra” historical-memory project centred on citizens’ experience of air-raid shelters built in the city of Alicante during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War. This multiple-layered project brought together a range of monochrome works including oil paintings, printed textiles end engraved methacrylate and aluminum plates.

Other notable achievements have included her “Trece Rosas” (Thirteen Roses) graphic commemoration of the execution in Madrid of 13 young left-wing sympathisers shortly after the end of the Spanish Civil War, and her “Triple Valla” (Triple Barrier) evocation of the vicious anti-migrant barriers that separate the Spanish enclave of Melilla from the rest of North Africa.

Verónica also recently won a scholarship from the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Mallorca, to pursue an artistic project entitled “The Blitz” at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. This historical-memory project, which she expects to carry out next year, will focus on the use of London Underground stations as bomb shelters during World War II.

Born in Bilbao in 1989, Verónica earned a Bachelor´s degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country, followed by Master’s degrees at Norwich University of the Arts-UK and at the University of Castilla La Mancha / Spanish National Mint. She is currently studying for a doctorate at the University of Valencia.

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