Montserrat Soto IN RESiDENCE at the School Joan d’Àustria

A constant theme in the work of Montserrat Soto, an artist born in Barcelona in 1961, is the meditation on art and the space. Soto conceives the space as a place of experience and transit in which memory faces the dynamic nature of reality. She is interested, particularly, in observing and analysing changes that take place in the urban landscape and how these transformations influence the affective life of citizens. Her most habitual means of expression are photography and video, and she has also worked on many occasions in the field of audiovisual installation and set design. 

Her most important solo exhibitions include Lloc de silencis, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (Barcelona, 2007), Arxius d’arxius, Centre d’Art la Panera (Lleida, 2006), Tracking Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2005), Paisajes secretos, Fundación Telefónica (Madrid, 2004), Salidas y límites, Galería OMR (Mexico DF, 2004), Basilea 2000, Project Room (Basle, 2000), Tanques, Galeria Estrany de la Mota (Barcelona, 1997), Sin nombre, Sala Montcada, La Caixa, (Barcelona, 1996), and Pasos, Espai 13 at the Joan Miró Foundation (Barcelona, 1993). Montserrat Soto has also participated in such group exhibitions as Atopia, CCCB (Barcelona, 2010), Periferia, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo and Centro Atlántico de Arte Contemporáneo (Madrid, Las Palmas, 2009), Retorno a Hansala, MUSAC (León, 2008), Jano. La doble cara de la fotografía, MNCARS (Madrid, 2007) and Parc humà, La Virreina (Barcelona, 2002). 

Her work forms part of several collections, moreover, including those of MACBA, MNCARS, the Telefónica Foundation, Artium, “la Caixa” Foundation and the Foto Colectania Foundation.

Biography written in 2013

School Joan d’Àustria

Institut Joan d’Àustria, in Sant Martí district, a school that has been providing quality education in the city for more than fifty years, offers a range of courses, including compulsory secondary education, baccalaureate courses and vocational training in computer studies. Outstanding initiatives launched by the school include, particularly, the Congress on Baccalaureate Research Projects and a mediation project. 

Presentation written in 2013


Students 4th of ESO:
Laura Álvarez Lora, Sergio Alejandro Alzate Giraldo, Gisela Arancibia, María Baldé, Álex Barba Pastor, Laura Cabrera Tolosana, Ángel Chamón González, Aya El Bakkale, Jose Gallango Rovira, Antonio Gómez Blasco, María Guallar Lamiel, Jero Ivaseta, Anna Jiménez, Judith León, Desi Luján García, Lara Navarro, Kiara Lucero Peralta Candiotti, Andrea Poza Ballesteros, Sebastián Jared Quiña Córdova, Tanni Cónsul, Nick Rzyev and Aurora Sanz

Helena Xicola (education and visual arts)

Curation and coordination:
A Bao A Qu Association

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium