Some people make money with art & power. Elena Montesinos makes art with money & power instead.
Cultural agitator & former manager of the independent art space FORDE (2012-2014). Artistic director of GET A NERVE, the alternative art fair in parallel to Artgenève (2019-2020). Curator of HOME OF TMF, a space dedicated to happenings, interactive installations and performances in Geneva (2020-2021).
Freely mixing activism, curation and sociology, the art, messages and actions created by Elena Montesinos transmit a rather genuine clear-sighted energy to whoever feels like having a closer look at this impressive body of work.
Since three decades, The Montesinos Federation (TMF) keeps buzzing through performances, actions in the public space, electronic music, appropriation art and existentialism.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 : +35y Artist Award, City of Geneva and FMAC Commission, Geneva
2018 : Act-Art Federation, Geneva
2001 : Geneva Council Grant and Residency in Schönhauser, Berlin
2000 : Lissignol-Chevalier-Galland Grant, Geneva
1999 : Manor Kunstpreis, Geneva
1998 : Swiss Art Award
VIRTUAL FANTAISIES, augmented reality works inserted in the contemporary art exhibition “Renegotiation” at Cimetière des Rois, Geneva
ARTIST TALK with D. Pernet at Art Basel for the Swiss Art Awards 2021, invited by Pro Helvetia. Talk and performance all-in-one at Pro Helvetia’s booth, Basel
BONFIRE OF POVERTY, annual performance turned into a personal flashmob this year, curated by TMF, Geneva
UCHIGAWA (The Misfits Fortress), group show and opening of the new art space run by the artist, member of the Collectif O.P.O. aka Oeil pour Oeil (L. Gabriel, W. Gaze, E. Montesinos, Séni) who curated the group show, Home of TMF, Geneva
Music and sound projects
Elena Montesinos performs “irritainment” music with the weirdest low-fi to hi-fi technologies under various nicknames and disguises.
AN EVENING WITH THAT GIRL AND THE HOMIES, video mashup and closing party with Maudite and Kebab Injection! Starring: Nathanael Esh, Timothy Leighton, That Girl, Lea Pohlhammer, Sanctus Povitch. GO GO GO Festival, Le Grütli, Geneva
UNRELEASED MASHUP, live lecture of the UNRELEASED artist book edited by Pro Helvetia. Invited by D. Bernardi, featuring lectures by I. Languin, L. Pattaroni, C.H. Tatot. Live effects mashup by Sanctus Povitch. Maison Rousseau Littérature (MRL), Geneva
THAT GIRL IS STRANGE, live mix broadcast, invited by Nut-Nut TV, Case à Chocs, Neuchâtel
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