J u l i a n a H e r r e r o
Juliana Herrero was born in 1975 in Choele Choel, Río Negro, Argentina and after moving many times in the extended Patagonia, started early with dance and music at INSA (Today Instituto Universitario Patagónico de las Artes) in General Roca, Río Negro. She graduated from architecture at UBA, University of Buenos Aires. In 2001 she moved from Argentina to Europe, to complete her postgraduate studies in 2004 in conceptual design by prof. Ben van Berkel, at STÄDELSCHULE, Frankfurt am Main. She then also joined there the film class led by the media artist Mark Leckey.
Juliana Herrero’s work comes from a concept of spatial sensibility. It becomes also site-time-specific, which crystallises mostly in fragile installations and sculptural works as immersive realities. This opens room for participation, i.e. 1:1 interventions live and performances. It expands and compresses in abstract empirical noise paintings as sound frequencies, collages, filmic and video works, conceptual art. Her work has been exhibited since 2002 (e.g. in Semper Depot, the Künstlerhaus, das weisse haus in Vienna; esc medien kunst labor, Graz; Städelschule and Portikus in Frankfurt am Main; Maison de l’Argentine, Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris; Centro Cultural Borges and CCK in Buenos Aires, Kajaani Art Museum and K.H. Rendlunds Museum in Kokkola Finland) Between 2013 and 2015 she was a local artist at the studio and residence program “studio das weisse haus” Vienna. Herrero received among grants and awards for artworks and artprojects from recognised institutions in Argentina and Austria, a project funding from the MA7 city of Vienna (visual arts and new media) in 2019, a prize for Exceptional Achievement (Prämie für die besondere Leistungen) in context of the Outstanding Artists Awards -Interdisciplinary- from the austrian Chancellery (BKA), she won the 3rd Prize-Revelación for her work Milieu in context of the Premio Fundación Andreani a las Artes visuales in 2015 and it has since been part of the collection Fundación Andreani, Buenos Aires.
Herrero focuses on matters of perception addressing processes of change related to the ethereal environment and analysing social structures in the daily confrontation with technologies. She moves herself to the limits of the inside and outside worlds and their osmotic boundaries, playfully questioning the dichotomy between public and private, virtual and physical realms, nature and artifice. She engages with vital processes, dissecting, deconstructing, fragmenting and re-layering, mixing analogue and digital techniques which are synthesized in the body of work.
For her, artistic resilience is a way to transform worlds. In her emancipatory pieces, Juliana Herrero contrasts visual impressions with sound spaces. With her interventions, she is probing the boundaries of provocation, concentrated perception, and the utopian; leaving open space for the imagination. While making tangible an acoustic vision, she explores also there a quasi synesthetic aesthetic as a subjective experience of musicality.
Juliana Herrero lives in Vienna and works between Vienna, Buenos Aires and other latitudes.