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Esther Ferrer

Donostia/San Sebastián, 1937

In 1963, Esther Ferrer, together with José Antonio Sistiaga, established the Taller de Libre Expresión (Free Expression Workshop) in San Sebastián, and later the Escuela Experimental (Experimental School) in Elorrio.

In 1967, she joined the Zaj Group (formed in 1964 by Ramón Barce, Juan Hidalgo, and Walter Marchetti). Both individually and collectively, she took part in the group’s activities until it dissolved in 1996.

In the early 1970s, she moved to Paris.

Esther Ferrer holds a degree in Social Sciences and Journalism. In 1975, she began to publish her first articles about the contemporary cultural and social milieu in newspapers and magazines such as El País, Ere, Lápiz, El Globo and Jano.

She resumed her career as an artist in the fields of photography, installation art, painting and drawing based on prime numbers or the creation of objects.

In 1999, she represented Spain in La Biennale di Venezia.

In 2008, her remarkable career earned her recognition in the form of the National Prize in Plastic Arts. Considered to be one of the pioneers of performance art in Spain, she has exhibited her work in a great number of countries and has been hugely influential among younger artists.

She was the recipient of many awards in the past years, including the Gure Artea Award of the Basque Government in 2012, and the MAV (Women in Visual Arts) Awards, the Velázquez Award in Plastic Arts and the Prix Marie Claire de l’art contemporain in 2014.

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