Isabella Benshimol Toro

1994 Caracas, Venezuela. Lives and works in London. Benshimol’s practice arises from the navigation into interiority and intimacy. In her work, she perceives and analyzes the body as a convoluted and abstract container and reconsiders the conceptual and political transcendence of the permeability and porosity of our flesh. Absorbed and driven by the domestic everyday and the unconscious routines that hold it, she examines and recreates intimate and mundane gestures, bodily autonomic reactions, and sensations cohered for their uncontrollability: sweating, blushing, discarding, smearing. Working with sculpture, installation, and painting, Benshimol’s frozen-in-time relics or remains of an absent body uncomfortably penetrate the emulsive and liminal realm of the pure and the impure, the dirty and the clean, the real and the artificial, the inside and the outside; a spontaneous portal into an in-between state of perception. 

Contact

[email protected]
+44 7447 573 257 / +34 626803554
@isabellabenshimoltoro
Portfolio upon request

Web design & Code

Current & Forthcoming

2021 El Dormitorio, curated by Esther Merinero and Vera Martín, CCCC Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporánea, Valencia, Spain

2022 (Forthcoming) Rupert Residency, Vilnius, Lithuania

2022 (Forthcoming) TBC Solo, Intersticio, London, UK

Education

2018-2020 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

2017 Modern Aesthetics (Continuing Education), SVA, New York, US

2012-2016 BA Visual Arts (Cum Laude), Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), Milan, Italy

2010 Summer pre-college program, RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), Providence, US

Solo / Duo Exhibitions

2017 I Know You Are Collecting a Lot of Light with Ugo Martinez Lázaro, Estudio Beneficencia, Madrid, Spain

2016 Calne, Window Project, curated by Federico Luger, Spazio 22 Milan, Italy

2016 EXOTIC EMBASSY with Mati Jhurry, Spazio /77, Milan, Italy

2016 EXOTIC AWARDS with Mati Jhurry, Studi Festival 2, Spazio /77, Milan, Italy

Group Exhibitions

2021 El Dormitorio, curated by Esther Merinero and Vera Martín, CCCC Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporánea, Valencia, Spain

2021 Reconfigured, curated by Rose Easton, Timothy Taylor Gallery, New York, US

2021 Claro del Bosque, Intersticio, Madrid, Spain

2020 Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

2020 London Grads Now, curated by Januario Jano, Saatchi Gallery, London UK 

2020 Edén, curated by Casa Antillón, Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain 

2020 Un gesto que permanece, curated by Vera Martin, Salón, Madrid, Spain 

2020 Heterotopia, curated by Felice Moramarco, Oen gallery, Kabelvåg, Norway 

2020 Pou sou nefko peu paeis, Korai project space, Nicosia, Cyprus

2019 The one that’s always there, the one that came late, the one that never arrived, the one that wasn’t invited, SB34-The Pool, Brussels BE

2019 SOLO SHOW, curated by Casa Antillón, Casabanchel, Madrid, Spain

2019 Interim Show MFA Goldsmiths, Deptford studios, London, UK

2019 Ni sí, ni no; ni blanco, ni negro, curated by Archipiélago, Madrid, Spain

2019 Long Live The New Flesh, The Biscuit Factory, London, UK

2019 Mater Matter, curated by Valeria Biamonti, Via San Primo 4, Milan, Italy

2019 Baldea, curated by Esther Merinero and Vera Martín, Calle Islas Británicas 5 Madrid, Spain

2019 Casa Antillón, curated by Casa Antillón, Madrid, Spain 

2018 Archipiélago, Former British Embassy in Madrid, Madrid, Spain

2017 Mediterranea 17 Biennale – EXOTIC EMBASSY with Mati Jhurry, Tirana, Albania

2016 Como era gostoso o meu francês, curated by Marlon de Azambuja and Maya Saravia, Espacio OTR, Madrid, Spain

2016 Atelier Solar, Espacio Trapézio, Madrid, Spain  

2016 Avviso di Garanzia, Fuori Uso, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio, Pescara, Italy

2015 Theatre of Learning, Reinterpretation of Waltz by Joan Jonas in collaboration with Mati Jhurry, curated by Marco Scotini, NABA, Milan, Italy

Residencies / Awards

2020 Shortlisted artist VIA Arts Prize 2020 Finalists’ Exhibition

2020 Residency at The New Artist, online platform, London, UK

2017 Sculpture summer residency, SVA, New York, USA

2017 Honour Mention at Mediterranea 17 Biennale – with Mati Jhurry, Tirana, Albania

2017 Residency at HANGAR Centro de Investigacão Artística, Lisbon, Portugal

2016 Residency at Affect at Agora (Conglomerate), Berlin, Germany 

2016 Residency at Spazio /77, Milan, Italy

2015 Selected artist at Showcase Villaggio d’Artista, Villa Giulia, Verbania, Italy

Curatorial Projects

2018-2019 Archipiélago – with Amalia Aranguren, Rodrigo Camino and Esther Merinero.