Teachers, Tutors and other Collaborators
The team of in-house-tutors is supplemented by a large number of prestigious artists, specialized professionals, writers, art historians and curators with international exposure. The tutors at Metàfora form part of teaching/investigation staff at universities and cultural platforms, and constantly invite our students to take part in symposiums, debates and talks, even outside school.
Metàfora is an important player on the art and cultural scene of Barcelona. We participate in art festivals such as LOOP and Tallers Oberts, and work with a range of independent spaces.
We collaborate with many artists as well as galleries and art institutions such as MACBA, Fundació Tàpies, HomeSession, Bombón Projects, Àngels Barcelona ….
Passionate about Contemporary Art and alternative educational structures, Jette Bjerg is a founding member of Metàfora, and has directed the Studio Arts programs since its beginning in 1999.
Jette studied Fine Art and Art History, BA(Hons) at Goldsmiths College in London and Art and Communication, MA, at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen
In-house Tutor / Critical Theory
Gris García is an independent curator with a BFA degree in Visual Arts at the UANL, Mexico. She obtained an MA in Artistic Research and Production from the University of Barcelona with the support of the Mexican grant FONCA-CONACULTA, and the MACBA’s PEI (Advanced Museum Studies and Critical Theory) in Spain. García was curator at the project space Lugar a dudas (September-2014 / March-2015) in Colombia. In addition, she was a teacher in curatorial and critical studies at ITM University in Medellin, Colombia. In 2017, she was part of Capacete Residency, a guest project by Documenta 14, which took place between Kassel and Athens. In 2019, García received the Curatorial Research Jumex Foundation Grant. From 2018 to 2020 she was the Academic Program Coordinator at SOMA in Mexico City.
Marc Larré studied Fine Arts, first at the University of Barcelona and later at The Cooper Union in New York. He is now represented by the Barcelona based gallery Estrany de la Mota. Marc has recently won prizes such as Fundación BBVA 2015 (Video Art), Miquel Casablancas 2014 (runner-up), Barcelona, and BCN Producció 2013, Barcelona.
Music Studies and Diploma in Graphic Design. BA in Fine Arts and Master Degree in Sound Art, Universitat de Barcelona .
Premi Miquel Casablancas 2018, Premi Embarrat 2017 and Barcelona Producció 2014.
Exhibitions at Casaplan (Valparaíso, Chile), Swinton & Grant (Madrid), ADN Platform, Espai 2-Galeria Àngels, MMSU (Croatia), Art3 (France), Lo Pati and Fundació Antoni Tàpies among others.
Artist and director of the studio Arquitectura Plàstica
Oriol is a Catalan sculptor specialized in artistic interventions in architecture.
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), BA Architecture
Anna Irina Russell
Anna Irina Russell  is an artist based in Barcelona. She holds a MA in Sound Art and a BA of Arts (UB). She is part of Radio Web Macba Working Group, and has been a long term resident in Hangar. She has recently won Miquel Casablancas 2022 award and has shown her work at Écart [Canada], Bombon Projects [Bcn], MACBA, La Casa Encendida [Madrid], Blueproject Foundation [Bcn], Salón [Madrid], CCCB, Westwerk [Hamburg], among others.
Lucía Piedra Galarraga
In-house Tutor, Critical Theory
Teacher, curator and researcher. Based between Havana and Barcelona.
She trained in the MACBA Independent Studies Program with a master’s degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Culture of Barcelona, ICUB.
She is interested in addressing postcolonial / decolonial theories and feminisms and how the black body is legislated and represented as an underlying and extended model of submission; by the construction of social grammars in relation to the topographies of thought; by the multiple colonial-postcolonial-
Gabriel Virgilio Luciani
Curator and head writer of the contemporary art magazine exibart.es. Gabriel is originally from the United States but has been anchored in Barcelona for the past 10 years realizing theory, curatorial and analytical projects. Interests include: sound, texture, vibration, objects, affectivity, corporeity, queer theory, speculative fiction, sexuality, sensuality, erotics, objectology, object-oriented ontology, and mystery amongst others.
They have curated at La Cera 13, Tangent Projects, TKM Room, L&B gallery, Galeria H2O, l’Escola Massana and àngels barcelona espai 2 as well as the ArtNou festival for emerging art, and Loop video-art festival.
Recent Art History and Critical Theory
Ruben Verdú is an artist, researcher and writer on Contemporary Art.
He received a BFA from the University of Texas, an MFA from CalArts and is an alumnus of the Whitney Independent Studio Program. His work has been exhibited at MoCA Los Angeles, at MoMA New York, at the Contemporary Art Space Osaka (CASO) and, in general, also throughout Europe and Latin America. He lives and works in Barcelona where he is the recipient of a BCN Producció award.
Recent Art History
Independent curator, critic, and an assistant professor at the University of Barcelona.
B.A. Art History at University of La Laguna, M.A. Advanced Studies in Art History at the University of Barcelona and Cum Laude PhD in Society and Culture: History, Anthropology, Art, Heritage, and Cultural Management (University of Barcelona).
Her line of research focuses on spatial practices, territorial and intercultural concerns in contemporary art, with a special interest in the cultural policies of hospitality in curatorship. She is currently carrying out research on the MACBA collection through a grant awarded by the MACBA Foundation.
Teacher, Painting and Drawing
Piotr Perski is a Polish painter, settled in Barcelona since 1998. In Barcelona he shows mainly at Galería Jordi Barnadas and Sala Parés.
He holds a BA Fine Art (Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan), an MA Fine Art (Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz) and a PhD, Fine Arts (University of Barcelona).
The International Workshop collaborates with a large list of public and private institutions in Barcelona. Among them are:
- Àngels Barcelona · www.angelsbarcelona.com
- Fundació Antoni Tàpies: www.fundaciotapies.org/
- Bombón Projects Gallery: www.bombonprojects.com
- Arte Aurora: www.arteaurora.com/
- BAR project: www.barproject.net
- ADN Galería · www.adngaleria.com
- Galería Taché · www.carlestache.com
- Home Session · www.homesession.org
- MACBA · www.macba.cat
The students on the 3rd year of Metàfora’s Studio Arts Programs work intensely on their personal project the last months of their stay. This project is exhibited in one of Barcelona’s most prestigious galleries “Àngels Barcelona (Espai 2)” and presented publicly in a presentation at Fundaciò Tàpies.
During these last months, the students are paired with external tutors, artists, curators or cultural agents who share affinities and interest in their investigation.
Nuria Güell (Vidreras, Gerona, 1981) is a Spanish visual artist recognized for her artistic projects of a political and social nature.
Nuria Güell graduated in Fine Arts in 2003 from the University of Barcelona. Later, she completed the last year of her degree in Visual Arts at the Superior Institute of Art, Havana, Cuba. In 2008-2009, she was part of the Behavioral Art Chair directed by Tania Bruguera at the same Higher Institute of Art La Habana, Cuba.
Ignasi Aballí was born in 1958 in Barcelona, where he lives and works.
Within the framework of conceptual art, Ignasi Aballí has developed a long history, which is currently recognized in the great contemporary art centers of the world.
His works have been exhibited, among others, at the Fundació Joan Miró, MACBA, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Museu de Serralves in Porto, the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, the Drawing Center in New York, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the 2007 Venice Biennale and in galleries and
art spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, Mexico, Belgium, Brazil or China.
Ludovica Carbotta (Turin, 1982) lives and works in Barcelona.
MA Fine Arts, Goldsmiths University, London.
Her work has been exhibited in personal and group shows at prestigious institutes in Italy and abroad. She is a co-founder of Progetto Diogene and of The Institute of Things to Come. She has received numerous awards, including the Menzione Speciale al Premio ITALIA (Museo MAXXI, Rome, 2016) and the Premio New York (ISCP/Columbia University, New York, 2018).
Chosen by Ralph Rugoff, curator of the 58th Venice Biennial, for the international exhibition in that city.
Contemporary Art and Art Market specialist, teacher, researcher and curator.
Art History at Ca’ Foscari (Venice) and Advanced Studies Diploma, UCM (Madrid).
Professor at Universidad Nebrija and director of L21 Gallery; currently, Gallery Manager at ADN Galeria, Barcelona.
He has curated shows at Fundación LaCaixa, Museu del Disseny, Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Sala de Arte Joven, Salón, Galleria Macca, Josédelafuente, Instituto Francés Madrid, Espacio F, Espacio Trapézio, ADN Platform, Piramidón and Galeria Marta Cervera. Published texts in journals and magazines such as Revista de Arte Goya, BCN Més, Revista Quintana, YUCA, Anales de Historia del Arte, Barcelonés, Abre el Ojo, Flux News and art.es, among others.
Luis is a visual artist and philosopher.
PhD. in Art and Philosophy at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
Visiting Researcher at CfAR Centre for Artistic Research, The University of the Arts Helsinki. Resident Researcher at BAU Design College of Barcelona.
Kone Foundation Grantee 2020, Resident Fellow 2020 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki, Finland, Saastamoinen Foundation. Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Barcelona, Spain.
In 2017 he was an artist in residency at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, and artist in research at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía de Madrid, 2015-2016.
Bernat is a visual artist and cultural activist in Barcelona.Founder of the project space Passatge Studio as well as the very successful project Bombón Gallery, Bernat studied Fine Arts in Central Saint Martin’s in London,
Hiuwai is curator at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Prior to moving to Barcelona, she was an associate editor at the Aperture Foundation in New York.
She has a degree in Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University
Antoni Hervàs studied fine arts at the University of Barcelona. Solo exhibitions include Hércules en la Luna, Kakanoures y Kitschades at the Galeria Sis, Sabadell, Galeria etHALL, Barcelona, El Misterio de Caviria, at La Capella, Barcelona, awarded with the Barcelona’s visual arts grant of 2016 and the ACCA prize for artistic Project of 2016) . Upcoming The Rubbery at 1646 Den Haag, NED.
Independent curator with years of experience as gallery manager for one of Barcelona’s most prestigious galleries "ADN".
Currently Susanna occupies the post as director of Barcelona Gallery Weekend.
Art dealer, filmmaker and founder of Arte Aurora Galeria.
Though intense exhibition activity and participation in many of the city‘s events, Uxval keeps a finger on the pulse of most of Barcelona’s emerging art scene.
Anna is the founder of "Múltiplos", a former artist publication book store based in Barcelona specialized in the dissemination and distribution of artist books created in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
Coordinator of the "Art Nou" festival for young artists at the association of Barcelona Galleries, team member of the "Manifesta 8" festival, former coordinator at the artist residency Can Serrat.
Alexandra Laudo is an independent curator based in Barcelona. She has collaborated as a curator with: Sant Andreu Contemporani (2013-2015), Sala d’Art Jove (2010-2011), Loop Festival (2009-2010), and in France, Italy, Sweden and Canadian Quebec. She regularly publishes works on contemporary art and culture for magazines and internet platforms such as B-guided, or A-desk. In 2016, she took part in a curatorial research program CuratorLab (Kontsfack University, Stockholm) during which she developed her lecture-performance titled An intellectual history of the clock.
MA Fine Art (Distinction), Chelsea College of Art and Design,
BA Fine Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Works as a practicing artist in Barcelona.
Galería Alegría, Madrid.
Founding Director of Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association and 976 Art Gallery.
Gantuya was the first Commissioner of Mongolia at the Venice Biennale. She has a background in business, international project management, and economic policy.
Visiting artists, curators and cultural agents.
Metàfora takes pride in collaborating with artists and curators who are intensely involved with Barcelona as well as the international art scene. The result is that our students to get to work with artists who are busy with professional activities and cutting-edge events in the most important art institutions of Barcelona. Sometimes this also means that their passage though Metàfora is necessarily brief, due to travel plans, artist residences around the world, exhibition activities, PhD studies in other countries etc.
Here is an overview of some of them:
Visiting Artist (former in-house tutor)
Ariadna Guiteras holds a MA in Art Production and a BA of Arts (UB) with a grant at UDK (Berlin). She is an artist-in-residence at Hangar and has recently won Miquel Casablancas 2016 award. Her work has been shown at Fabra i Coats, Chalton Gallery, Galeria Joan Prats, MACBA, Arts Santa Mònica.
As an Art Critic and Curator, Oriol has been part Metàfora’s team covering different aspects of Critical Theory over the past years.
In 2022, Oriol is the curator of the Catalan exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia.
Oriol was part of the management team of Sala D‘Art Jove of Catalunya since 2007.
He has curated projects at most of the important art institutions in Barcelona.
In 2018 he published the book El arte de la mediación (The Art of Mediation), which was completed after a research grant held by Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid).
Visiting Artist (former in-house-tutor)
Ely Daou is a visual, conceptual and performance Artist based in between Barcelona and Berlin. MA Architecture, University-Fine Art institute, Beirut. Premi Miquel Casablancas, Barcelona 2016.
Ely’s work has been exhibited and performed in different venues across Europe, such as Kanal-Centre Pompidou (Brussels), Casa Incendida (Madrid), Buffer Fringe (cyprus), Startptelpa (Riga, Latvia), the CCCA (Sant Boi De Llobregat), SWAB International Art Fair 2015(Barcelona), La Raffinerie (Brussels), Centrale Fies LiveWorks, (Dro, Italy), Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart) and Espai 2-Angels gallery (Barcelona) among others.
Visiting Artist (former in-house-tutor)
Jo Milne is a visual artist, who works between Barcelona and Edinburgh.
Fine Art and History of Art (MA Hons), Edinburgh University
Printmaking (MA), Camberwell College of Art
Teaching experience includes Winchester School of Art, Kent Institute for Art and Design, MASS Art in Boston and the Europäische Kunstakademie Trier, EINA, Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art in Barcelona.
Visiting Artist (former in-house-tutor)
Visual Artist residing in Barcelona since 2007. Co-founded the project-space Halfhouse 2009. She has studied in the National University of Ireland, Galway (BA), the programme for independent studies in the MACBA and at EINA.
Sinéad is represented by the Barcelona gallery EtHall and has shown work in spaces such as Fundació Suñol, Galeria Alegria and Fabra i Coats.
Marc Vives is an installation artist, event-creator, video-maker, based somewhere between the Basque country and Barcelona. Co-founder of Radiobucket and GRAF
His works has been shown at Biennale di Venezia, MACBA, Caixaforum and art coordinator of Nau Estruch (Sabadell).
Olivier is an active agent in Barcelona’s art world. He is the artistic Director at Joan Prats Gallery, previously of CYAN Gallery.
Olivier is also cofounder of the prestigious artist residence "Homesession".
Martí Anson is the president of the Private Foundation Association of Visual Artists of Catalonia (AAVC), which manages Hangar Center for Visual Arts Production and Research (Barcelona).
Works with galleries such as Estrany-de la Mota, Toni Tàpies and has shown work locally and internationally for a number of years.
Luz Broto graduated in Fine Art and obtained her Diploma in Advanced Studies from the doctorate programme in ‘Art in the Digital Era. Intermediate Creation’, at the University of Barcelona. As an important young figure on Barcelona’s art scene, she has developed specific projects for many different contexts.
Betué has been part of the Bestué-Vives artist collaboration, with whom he exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2009.
His work plays with various formats such as sculpture, video and photography.
Individual exhibitions at García Galería de Madrid at the exhibition La España Moderna, La Capella de Barcelona, Gasworks in London in 2010, Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm, Sala Montcada in Barcelona, or the Reina Sofía Museum in 2017.
Francesc works with drawings in the field of comics and cartoon and defines himself as an installation artist.
He has exhibited at the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Spanish Pavillion at the Venice Biennale, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, MACBA Barcelona, Gasworks London, Contemporary Image Collective Cairo and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, among other places.
Pau Cata is the founder-director of CeRCCa and Co-coordinator of NACMM - North Africa Cultural Mobility Map and Platform HARAKAT. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Edinburgh College of Art. His work, published in several academic journals and part of multiple exhibitions, focuses on historiography, artistic research, epistemology, and the journey within the Euro-Med context.
Adrian Melis is based between Cuba and Europe. He is a former resident at the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten of Amsterdam (2014/2015). In 2010 he graduated from the University of Art (ISA) in Havana, Cuba and between 2006/2008 participated at the Catedra of Behavioural Art directed by Tania Bruguera.
Since 2010 his work has been represented by ADN Galeria in Barcelona.
Artist and cultural agent, Barcelona.
His most recent project is FirePlace a Cultural Agency, Residency and Cultural Space based in Barcelona.
Co-founder of BAR International Residency Program, Radiobucket and Colectivo Azotea.
Part of the curatoratorial team behind major exhibition projects such as ARCO 2015/2016, Caixa Forum, Swab Barcelona, etc.