DOSSIER 2015 SANTIAGO MORILLA STATEMENT Santiago
Santiago Morilla expands on drawing through site-specific projects, understanding
aesthetic action as personal and performance decisions prompting the questioning and
analysis of the environment. After respectful immersion in the location where the
intervention is to take place, Morilla “hacks” the landscape and the representation of
the space, at times almost imperceptibly; simply a drawing that is formed for a few
instants when timelines collide, sometimes visible only from high above, sometimes
permanently reordering the meaning of a landscapeʼs elements, people or animals and,
on occasion, including specific materials that expand local narratives. Artistically, his
work inhabits space in order to highlight its limits and the way in which man draws his
decisions while tending to dehumanise himself and disappear on the path of fate,
pathos and repetition. He combines his huge, public, multi-layered (video, specific
drawing, mural painting, aerial photography) interventions, incorporating “graphic
bombs” into the process through “warnings to navigators” that question the political
function of digital mapmaking and invite us to reflect on environmental “pollution” and
For Santiago Morilla, if artistic investigation does not involve personal action outside
the studio and his “comfort zone”, it does not make sense. His work has evolved from
urban art and illustration to a living immersion in specific projects with keywords open
to narratives of deceleration, where tradition and technology find a place of aesthetic
VIDEO CHANNEL: vimeo.com/user1646945
Images of selected projects (Pags.2-14)
TITLE: “SPAIN PONG” © 2014 Santiago Morilla
“SPAIN-PONG” is a video performance carried out with a racquet and hundreds of ping pong balls against
a wall. As the outline of Spain is built up, there are several “rebounds” and “quirks” in the geographic and
territorial game. Where the ball has hit the wall- following a recognisable outline- is where it is finally fixed.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 4m04sec in LOOP in customized tennistable.
EDIT: 5 uds + 2PA
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/119249491
TITLE: “I SEE NOTHING” © 2015 Santiago Morilla
"I see nothing" (No veo nada) were the last words uttered by the famous bullfighter Manolete before
bleeding to death at Linares arena (1947). A drawing in whitewash reveals the impassive face of Manolete
at the arena. Dilettantes and other aficionados jump and stumble erasing its image, until its completely
disfigured in the real and symbolic setting of a double death, of the Manolete and of the animal.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 4m04sec in LOOP + Glicée prints + Drawings (variable sizes).
TITLE: “INVISIBLE BATH” © 2014 Santiago Morilla
A specific intervention project in the reservoir at Alaró (Mallorca). The lower limbs, made with polystyrene
foam tubes, form an infinite drawing that “hacks the landscape”, gently rocking on the surface of the water
and filtering the irrigation of the nearby fields.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: HD PHOTOS (variable sizes) + FULL HD VIDEO 3m20sec in LOOP + Drawings
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/87347078
TITLE: “DRAWING FUCK-YOU IN KOREAN LANGUAGE” 2013 Santiago Morilla
Video in which the English expression “fuck you” is created typographically in Hangul, the Korean
alphabet, using several graphs displaying the growth of the main Korean companies, which we could see
as a master class through the origami tradition from East to West.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: Stop-motion FULL HD VIDEO 3m12sec in LOOP.
EDIT: 5 uds + 2PA
TITLE: “INDEX FALLS” June 2013 ©Santiago Morilla
Light intervention on the quarries in Carrara, Italy.
High-reliefs of figures in free-fall following the iconography of the 9/11 Falling Man to create new
pediments for the temples of financial power in the marble of Carrara.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: High-reliefs in Carrara marble (100x100x6cms) + FULL HD VIDEO 3m 45sec +
HD PHOTOS (variable sizes).
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/11976396 + https://vimeo.com/67220737
TITLE: “THE GARDEN OF GOOD FORTUNE” September 2010 ©Santiago Morilla
Temporary, site-specific, collaborative performance intervention in Soledad Torres Díaz de Acosta Square,
Madrid, during the Noche en Blanco (White Night) cultural festival. The symbol of Madrid, the “bear”, is
taken as a parasitic idea, reclining in its cement tomb, reclaiming another use for the capitalʼs squares.
MEDIUM: Recycled turf and flower cuttings on pallets and boxes.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 5m 30sec + Drawings (variable sizes)
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/16626712
TITLE: “TO WHEREYOU CAME FROM” July 2012 ©Santiago Morilla
Intervention in the landscape: Agroglyph measuring 230m x 75m. Drawing created with a tractor on
farmland, Morille, Salamanca. Graphic/performance response of the countryside to surveillance satellites
and the possible rescues and notifications from visiting aliens that have been recorded in the area.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 3m 45sec + Drawings (variable sizes)
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/57969095
TITLE: “MANUAL OF EQUINE ORTHOGRAPHY” April 2014 ©Santiago Morilla
Specific and performance intervention in the hippodrome in Manacor, Mallorca. Drawing created with
wheels and horses on clay with plaster and marbline. Some eyes, a nose, some eyebrows in the
foreground, on which the horses literally trot, erasing and destroying its gaze. The intercession of the
wheels and hoof prints set out a new and indirect drawing, risky and unpredictable, that it constructs by
destroying the previous purpose.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 8m 45sec + LASER engravings + Site-specific SCULPTURES
VIDEO LINKS: https://vimeo.com/116095309 + https://vimeo.com/116095310
EXHIBITIONS IMGS: http://santiagomorilla.blogspot.com.es/2014/12/manual-de-ortografia-equina.html
LASER ENGRAVINGS IMGS: http://santiagomorilla.blogspot.com.es/2015/01/grabados-laser.html
TITLE: “FIN” March 2013 ©Santiago Morilla
Temporary intervention in the landscape: Living drawing created with sheep on pasture land, Alaró,
Mallorca. The word “FIN” is formed during a few apparently accidental instants when the collision between
food, sheep and timeline occurs and disappears in a repetitive loop.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 1m 27sec + Drawings (variable sizes)
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/87859574
EXHIBITION IMGS: http://www.santiagomorilla.com/index.php?/exhibitions/fin/
TITLE: “WATER BEACONS” Dec 2011 © Santiago Morilla
Taking on the GCC museum space (S. Korea) as if it were a swimming pool where one can enjoy bathing
or simply ʻplay deadʼ and leave just oneʼs head to float, supported by a shamanic float. This is up to our
necks in wáter: art interventions that are also anamorphosic rice drawings that show the outlines of those
anonymous people who drowned in Daebudo-do island and whom the sea has left partially afloat.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEOS + Rize drawings (variable sizes) + HD PHOTOS .
VIDEO LINKS: https://vimeo.com/34781484 + https://vimeo.com/39703527 + https://vimeo.com/34460104
TITLE: “THE ACCIDENT OF PAINTING” June 2010 © Santiago Morilla
Permanent site-specific intervention on the roof of the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome. The “accident”
speaks to the impossibility of preaching to birds, of the arrogant and absurd human purpose, with its
inevitable reversal of the fall... in an emblematic place in Rome where tribute is paid to St. Francis of Assisi
and where Christian tradition has it that St. Peter was crucified upside-down.
MEDIUM: Polyethylene resin - thermoplastic paint.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 2m 30sg + Drawings (variable sizes)
VIDEO LINK: http://vimeo.com/14085358
TITLE: “MONSTRUOUS GAME” May 2010 © Santiago Morilla
Site-specific and performance aerial intervention in Montopoli, Italia. Drawing in lime on a football pitch.
The players will distort the face of a local referee (who just happens to look a lot like Hitler), without paying
attention to its ever-changing shapes and limits, creating a monstrous and infinite portrait.
EXHIBITION FORMAT: FULL HD VIDEO 5m 29sec.
VIDEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/11976396
Madrid, 1973. Works y lives between Madrid and Segovia.
EMAIL: mailto:[email protected]
TELF: (+34) 677456512
1998. MA “MEDIA Lab” Dept. University of Art and Design “TAIK” Aalto University,
BA Degree in Fine Arts, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
1993. 1st and 2nd year of Agricultural Engineering, Politécnica University, Madrid,
ART GRANTS and AWARDS
2015 II Artistic Research and Production Fellowship Espai Rambleta Art Center,
2014 Moving Landscape #2. AIR, European international artist residency program.
November 2014. Lecce, Italy.
2013 XX Premi Ciutat de Manacor dʼArts Plàstiques 2013. Mallorca, Spain.
2013 Addaya Centre d'Art Contemporani Residence, March 2013. Alaro, Spain.
2011 Gyeonggi Creation Center Grant. International Exchange Program Studio Artist
Residence (Sept-December). Seoul, South Korea.
2011 CRIDA (Center for Artistsʼ Residencies and Exchanges), Palma Espai dʼArt
Foundation. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
2009 Grant of the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome, Italy.
2007 Spain’s representative at the “International Biennial of Illustration”, Bratislava,
1998 ERASMUS Grant, University of Art and Design “TAIK” Aalto University, Helsinki,
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
2015 I SEE NOTHING. Santiagoʼs church-museum of Monsaraz (March) Trienal of
2014 MANUAL OF EQUINE ORTHOGRAPHY. Museu dʼHistòria de Manacor, Torre
dels Enagistes (December 2014-January 2015) Manacor, Spain.
2014 INVISIBLE BATH. Kewenig art Gallery. ARTPalma Brunch. Palma de Mallorca,
2013 FIN. Fernando Pradilla art Gallery (Nov-Dec) Madrid, Spain
2013 INDEX FALLS. Carrara Marble Museum (May-August) Carrara, Italy.
2013 IN REM VERSO, José Robles Art Gallery (December 2012-January 2013)
2012 ARCHIMEDES' PRINCIPLE. With Raúl Díaz Reyes. Galería 3+1. Lisboa,
2012 OCCUPYING THE OVERFLOW. Galería Ángeles Baños. Badajoz, Spain.
2011 ORNAMENT AND DETONATION, ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration.
2010 THE LIMITS OF THE LANDSCAPE. José Robles Art Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2010 THE RENEWAL MOLD. Museum Palazzo Collicola Arte Visive. Spoleto, Italy.
2010 NIDI 03, CO2 Contemporary Art Gallery. Roma, Italy.
2010 THE ACCIDENT OF PAINTING. Site-specific intervention at the Royal
Academy of Spain in Rome. Rome, Italy.
2010 NIDI 02. Fiera di Roma / Royal Academy of Spain in Rome. Italy.
2010 NIDI 01. Fondazione Pastificio Cerere. Roma, Italy.
2009 EL PAPA ESTORNINO. Site-specific intervention at Project Room. Cura Art
Mgzn, Roma, Italy.
2009 ALLÍ DONDE ESTÁ LA CAZA. Galería Luis Gaspar. Madrid, Spain.
2009 ANTHROPOFUNGO. Marre Moerel Design Studio, Madrid, Spain.
2008 OVILLOS, Obra gráfica, Democrazy Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2007 ALAS AL VIENTO. International Biennial of Illustration. Spain Pabillion.
2006 CARÁCTERES MANCHADOS. SINSENTIDO Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2005 LIQUIDACIÓN ROYAL. Liquidación Total Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2000 MYSEUM. ART-Agenda 1998, KULTURHUSET. Stockholm, Sweden.
ART FAIRS (SELECTION)
2014 MIA&D ART FAIR SINGAPORE, International Photography and Design FAIR.
Duomo Gallery + DATABASE Carrara (October) Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
2014 JUSTMAD(5), Contemporary Art Fair, Fernando Pradilla art Galley, Madrid,
2013 TRIENAL NO ALENTEJO. Evora-Lisboa-Monsaraz (Abril-Octubre), Portugal.
2013 ARCO 2013, Paddle 8 Stand. Madrid, Spain.
2012 JUST MAD MIAMI, José Robles Art Gallery, USA.
2012 JUSTMAD(4), Contemporary Art Fair. José Robles Art Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2011 JUSTMAD(3) Contemporary Art Fair. José Robles Art Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2010 StEP09. Museum of Science and Technology. CO2 Contemporary Art Gallery.
2010 ACCADEMIA DELLE ACCADEMIE, Road to Contemporany Art, Roma, Italy.
2010 FIERA DI ROMA / SOLO PROJECT. Royal Academy of Spain in Rome. Roma,
COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
2015 FINAL. SC Gallery (March), Bilbao, Spain.
2015 Premi Ciutat de Palma Antoni Gelabert d'Arts Visuals 2014. Casal Solleric
(January-February), Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
2014 With Small Words, VIENA Kunsthalle ·WUK· Vienna Art Week, (Nov-December)
2014 Lenguajes en papel V, Fernando Pradilla art Gallery, (December-January)
2014 TWIN GALLERY 2014-2015, Twin Gallery (September), Madrid, Spain.
2014 TIEMPO DE PROGRESO, Museo Barjola (July to September), Gijón, Spain.
2014 COLLAGE (a3 Bandas) Twin Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2014 EL PAISAJE ORTOPÉDICO, Twin Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2014 Lenguajes en papel IV, Fernando Pradilla art Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2013 HIGH SOCIETY. Pelaires Centro Cultural Contemporáneo. Palma de Mallorca,
2013 MARCA ESPAÑA. Europe Creative Center ECC. Berlin, Germany.
2013 Viva Collections on Tour. Video Art VIVA Festival, Lázaro Galdiano Museum.
2013 Ante nuestros ojos. Screen LOOP-Barcelona Festival of video art, Spain.
2013 Fotocopia Europea. Photo Festival. Reggio Emila, Italy.
2013 Me, Myself and I. V Pilar y Andrés Centenera Jaraba Contemporary Drawing
Contest. Sala La Lonja, MATADERO Madrid, Spain.
2013 #SomosGunter, GUNTER Gallery. Madrid, Spain
2013 Gabinete de Curiosidades. PAC & Galería de Arte Pilar Cubillo. Spain.
2013 DIN A33, Louis 21 Art Gallery (January). Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
2012 In to the space. Jeong Mungyu Museum. Ansan, South Korea.
2012 Tracey Moberly: Tweet Me Up!”, TATE MODERN (The Tanks), London,
2012 Viva Collections on Tour. Video Art VIVA Festival, Caixa Forum Museum,
2012 Extrarradio, Mustang Art Gallery & Espacio Crea. Elche, Alicante, Spain.
2011 Landscapes. Gyeonggi Creation Center. Seoul, South Korea.
2011 Aventuras de líneas. Galería Eva Ruiz. Comisario Juan Manuel Bonet. Madrid,
2011 Wet Paint. Louis 21 Art Gallery. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
2011 CRIDA Open-day, Palma Espai dʼArt Foundation. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
2010 Agita. Artmbassy Art Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
2010 El Jardín de la Buena Dicha. Intervention in Plaza de la Luna during “The White
night”, Madrid, Spain.
2010 Transit. Final Show. Royal Academy of Spain in Rome. Roma, Italy.
2010 The Vagabond canʼt draw. Spazi Aperti, Accademia di Romania, Roma, Italy.
2010 20eventi: Arte Contemporanea en Sabina, Italy.
2010 CIRCO: Videoarte en CUBA: First Exhibition of Video Creation in Havana.
2009 CLONE Exhibition. Montana Gallery, Seville Spain.
2008 INK 01. Internacional Illustration Rally 2008. Bilbao, Spain.
2006 Blood, Sweat & Tires, Part 1. Servicio-Ejecutivo ART Gallery, Brooklyn, USA.
2006 Blood, Sweat & Tires, Part 2. NETWORK ART Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
2004 Tras La Trastienda. Following behind the scenes. Círculo de Bellas Artes.
2004 Thinking about the meaning of life. Krakowski Festiwal Filmowy, Cervantesa
Instytut, Warsaw, Poland.
2003 2o Festival EDICIÓN Madrid, Palacio de las Tentaciones, Madrid, Spain.
2001 COMPUTERLOVE, Maison du Spectacle, Brussels Royaume de Belgique,
1999 Avatar affair. Teckne Museum for Interaction. Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu,
2014 Morilla, Santiago, Manual de Ortografía Equina. Ajuntament de Manacor,
Departament de Cultura, Madrid.
2012 Morilla, Santiago, Un aviso a navegantes. Artist-book. Retrovisor Publishing,
2011 Morilla, Santiago, Ornamento y Detonación. Museo ABC y TF. Editores, Madrid.
2010 Morilla, Santiago, Los límites del paisaje, Artist-book. Retrovisor Publishing,
2010 Morilla, Santiago, Nidi, Artist-book. Cura Publishing, Roma.
2009 Morilla, Santiago, Obra gráfica, Catálogo. Luis Gaspar Art Gallery Ed, Madrid.
2007 Morilla, Santiago, Primera Línea de Playa, Blur editorial, Madrid.
2006 Morilla, Santiago, Papel, papel o tijera, (ñ)shots, Blur editorial, Madrid.
2005 Morilla, Santiago y Orsenna, Erik, Tidings from the isle of flight, Ed. Stock,Paris.
ART COLLECTIONS (SELECTION)
Gyeonggi Cultural Fundation & Gyeonggi Creation Center, Seoul, South Korea.
GMoMA, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan,, Seoul, South Korea.
Palazzo Collicola Arte Visive Museum Permanent Collection, Spoleto, Italy.
ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration. Madrid, Spain.
Royal Academy of Spain in Rome. Roma, Italy.
MACRO, Museo dʼarte contemporanea, Roma, Italy.
Marble Museum, Carrara, Italy.
TAIK. University of Art and Design Helsinki Collection, Finland.
City Council of Manacor, Mallorca Spain.
Emilio Pi y Helena Fernandino VIDEO Art Collection, Spain
Pilar y Andrés Centenera Jaraba Foundation for Contemporary Drawing, Spain.
CO2 Contemporary Art Gallery, Roma, Italy.
Viva Collections on Tour, Contemporary VIDEO Art Collection, Spain.
"ANATOMY of a LADDER" Master workshop on site-specific public
interventions at IED MADRID, October 2014, Madrid, Spain.
“HABLAR PHOTO” workshop, PHOTOESPAÑA 2014, June 12, La Fabrica,
"Urban Wounds" workshop, CRCC (Creació Resource Centre for
Contemporary), June 6-14, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
"Professionals in action: Santiago Morilla" at the School of Art nº.10, Avda
Ciudad de Barcelona, 25, Madrid, Spain.
“Digital Paella” en el CAMPUS CREA 2005, Campus Party, Valencia, Spain.
"MYSEUM" at the Media Lab, TAIK University, Helsinki, Finland.
“Thinking Art” BB.AA. Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
REPRESENTATION AND COLLABORATION IN ART GALLERIES
GALERIE UNA (Paris-Limoges)
TWIN GALLERY (Madrid)
DATA BASE (Carrara)