About me

Yolanda Domínguez
(Madrid, 1977)

isual artist. Gender and communication expert. She studied Fine Arts in Madrid’s Complutense University and gained an MA in Art and New Technologies at the European University of Madrid and in Photography in Madrid’s EFTI School.

Via the main strategies of irony and decontextualisation, she creates situations or settings in which the spectators find themselves involved and can take part. Her works intend to awaken social conciousness and empower people through performative and relational actions. They manage to generate small communities that position themselves in a particular conflict.

She develops projects about social subjects, related to gender and consumption: in one of her collective actions, “Register”, she brought together women from all over Spain in order to register their own bodies in the Chamber of Commerce as a way of protesting against the upcoming -and very restrictive- Abortion Law of 2013, becoming a national movement that also managed to root in other countries.

Her actions achieve to generate large impact and repercussion within the same channels (media) that they themselves criticize: her work “Poses”, a comment on female representation within the fashion industry, had over 1 million views on YouTube and it has been shown globally on television and newspapers. Her work “Accessible and Accessory”, which criticises the use of women’s bodies as an advertising gadget has also had a great impact within the advertisement industry.

She was awarded a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for the Promotion of Spanish Art abroad in 2010 and an Honorary Mention at the ‘Freedom of Speech” awards, together with The Guardian newspaper in 2014. She has presented her work in different institutions and art festivals such as PHotoESPAÑA, Mullier Mullieris, JustMad, NOVA Festival de Cultura Contemporánea Brasil, Feminisarte, and has had several exhibitions at Museo del Traje (Costume Design Museum) in Madrid, CAAM in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Twin Gallery and Rafael Pérez Hernando in Madrid, Elga Wimmer Gallery in Nueva York, Foreman Gallery Oneota in Nueva York, Streitfeld Projektraum in Munich, Open Systems in Viena and Rojo Artspace in Milan.

Her artistic work transcends educational field, collaborating with several institutions and universities all around the world carrying out workshops and conferences and is currently professor and tutor of Contemporary Photography MA at EFTI School in Madrid where she teaches the module “Image as a tool for social transformation”.

She has also worked for several social organisations and NGOs such as Greenpeace, Medicins du Monde, Change.org, and she is a weekly columnist at The Huffington Post Spain, writing on articles about image and gender.

EDUCATION
MA Art and New Technologies. Universidad Europea de Madrid
MA Contemporary Photography. Escuela de Fotografía EFTI, Madrid
BA Fine Arts. Universidad Complutense de Madrid

SOLO SHOWS
2017: “Little Black Dress” Museo del Traje (Costume Designs Museum) Madrid, PHotoESPAÑA
2016: “Maps of Action” CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
2016: Action “Total Correction” for Art Madrid 2016
2015: “Mapas de Acción” Galería Serendipia, Madrid (Spain)
2014: “Galería” Twin Gallery, Madrid (Spain)
2014: Universidad New México Highlands, New Mexico (USA)
2013: Galería Pilar Cubillo, Madrid (Spain)
2013: Museo Municipal Ramón Mª Aller, Pontevedra (Spain)
2012: Galería Rojo Artspace, Milan (Italy)
2012: “Esclavas” Galería Rafael Pérez Hernando, Madrid (Spain)
2012: “Preludios” Photoespaña Galería Rafael Pérez Hernando, Madrid (Spain)

GROUP SHOWS
2016: “La Corteza del Alma” Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid
2015: “Gymnastics of the kitchen” Collective activity, Matadero Madrid
2015: “Disarming Power and Silence” Ayuntamiento de Fuenlabrada, Madrid
2015: “Women in action” AECID (Honduras, Bolivia, San Salvador, República Dominicana)
2015: “Octavi Cameron. Contracte comú” Can Palauet, Barcelona (Spain)
2014: Women’s Film Festival in New Orleans (USA)
2014: Foreman Gallery Oneota, New York (USA)
2014: The Lycoming College Art Gallery, Pennsylvania (USA)
2014: “Ephimeral Turism” Galería Addaya, Mallorca (Spain)
2014: Sarau Tropicaos, Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
2014: “What if…and beyond” Open Systems, Vienna (Austria)
2014: Arte Open Views, Madrid (Spain)
2014: “Mínimos” Galería Cero, Madrid (Spain)
2014: Galería KKOutlet, London (UK)
2013: Affordable Art Fair, Mexico. Galería Pilar Cubillo (Mexico)
2013: Galería Elga Wimmer, New York (USA)
2013: Encuentro de Artistas Fundación Amelia Moreno, Toledo (Spain)
2012: Streitfeld Projektraum, Munich (Germany)
2012: Festival de Cultura Contemporánea NOVA 2012, Barcelona (Spain)
2012: Festival de Cultura Contemporánea NOVA 2012, Sao Paulo (Brasil)
2012: VIII Encuentros Internacionales de Arte y Género, Madrid (Spain)
2012: Mulier Mulieris – Museo de la Universidad de Alicante, Alicante (Spain)
2012: Feria de Arte JustMad, Galería Rafael Pérez Hernando, Madrid (Spain)
2011: Festival Exist Live Art/Performance Art, Brisbane (Australia)
2010: Gorputza Call Process, Bilbao (Spain)
2010: Mulier Mulieris, Museo de la Universidad de Alicante, Alicante (Spain)
2009: Allianza Francesa, Madrid (Spain)
2008: “De tal palo, tal astilla”, Tarazona Foto, Zaragoza (Spain)
2008: Photoespaña 2008, EFTI, Madrid (Spain)

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2016: Baezly Designs of the Year. Design Museum (London)
2014: Honorary Mention ‘Freedom of Speech Award’ 2014 – Unió de Periodistes Valencians
2013: RAC Award, Nominee – Best New Talent 2013
2013: 1st Prize Grant VEGAP
2010: 1st Prize Grant Ministry of Culture for the Promotion of Spanish Art abroad

TALKS AND WORKSHOPS
2017: TEDxMadrid “Revealing stereotypes”
2016: Speaker in “Here 2016” Symposium, London (United Kingdom)
2016: “The representation of women in media” Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (España)
2016: “Image as a tool for social change” Hospital La Fe, Valencia (España)
2016: “Image as a tool for social change” Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid (España)
2016: “1,2,3, Action” Injuve, Madrid (España)
2016: ““Image as a tool for social change”” Diputación General de Jaén (España)
2016: AMMA “Cinema and Media for equality” (España)
2016: “Image as a key element for the social change” Conference at University School of Osuna
2015: “Image and Media” VI Summit Gender-based violence, Sevilla
2015: Masterclass “Art, Media + Technology” in Parsons, París
2015: Workshop “Boosting the city” Unzip – El Prat, Barcelona
2015: Workshop “Strategies for collective participation” Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, Cádiz
2015: “Decoding Mass Media” Instituto IES Barrio de Bilbao, Madrid
2015: “Artivism in social networks” Equality Programme Lalín, Pontevedra
2015: ‘Woman, body and action’ Round Table at Art Madrid (Spain)
2015: Workshop ‘Art as a place for social [ex]change’ Art Madrid (Spain)
2014: ‘New Photographic Strategies’ Blurphoto, Sevilla (Spain)
2014: ‘The Collective Experience of Art’ Festival Desvelarte, Arte Público, Santander (Spain)
2014: ‘Art as a tool for social transformation’ Florida Gulf Coast University (USA)
2014: ‘Gender in Europe: an unfinished revolution?’ UCEM de El Escorial, Madrid (Spain)
2014: ‘Art, gender and action’ Ateneo Republicano de Valladolid (Spain)
2014: ‘ Meet-up with Yolanda Dominguez’, We-traders Matadero, Madrid (Spain)
2014: Visiting Lecturer, New Mexico Highlands University (USA)
2014: ‘Art and gender’ IES Barrio de Bilbao, Madrid (Spain)
2013: ‘Gender conflicts through social creativity’ Sociedad Fotográfica Alavesa, Vitoria (Spain)
2013: ‘Artifacts for Equality’ Curso Nuevas Fronteras en la Igualdad de Oportunidades, Pontevedra (Spain)
2012: ‘Art as an tool for education’ Curso Nuevas Fronteras en la Igualdad de Oportunidades, Pontevedra (Spain)
2012: ‘Sexual Objectification’ Università degli Studi di Perugia, (Italy)
2012: Jornadas Fotográficas Museo del Traje, Madrid (Spain)
2011: ‘Art and Action’ Universidad de Bellas Artes CES Felipe II de Aranjuez, Madrid (Spain)
2011: ‘Women and Creativity’ Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid (Spain)
2010: ‘Survival of the most creative’ Jornadas Álava Emprende, Vitoria (Spain)
2010: Jornadas Fotográficas Instituto Carlos Mª Rodríguez de Valcárcel, Madrid (Spain)
2010: ‘Photography and Gender’ Asociación de Fotografía de Guadalajara (Spain)
2010: ‘Art and Activism’ Asociación de Mujeres de Gordexola, Vizcaya (Spain)