is a video artist of Cuban descent, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES) in 1979. She was guest professor at the Art Academy Kassel (DE) and the Art Academy Mainz (DE), as well as invited lecturer at the HGB Leipzig (DE) and the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe (DE). Cortiñas has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including from Fundación Botín, Berlin Senate, Villa Sträuli, Kunstfonds, Goethe Institute, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Rupert, Villa Massimo and Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff.
Her artistic practice can be located within the appropriation tradition, using already existing cinema to de- and re-construct identities as well as narratives according to new discourses. Her collage-like video essays and installations mix found imagery with documentary strategies.
Always bite the hand that feeds you, Convent Space for Contemporary Art, Ghent (BE). Walls Have Feelings, Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels. 2018
Remixers Never Die, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Vilnius. 2017
Double Feature: Eli Cortiñas, SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main (DE). 2016
The most given of givens, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels. 2015
Five easy pieces and some words of wisdom, Soy Capitán, Berlin. 12 x 12, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.
Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga. Focus Eli Cortiñas, International Film Festival Gijón, Gijón (ES). Melancholia, Villa Empain, Fondation Borghossian, Brussels. 2017
Film Footage Photography. Eli Cortiñas, Angelo Novi, Martina Sauter, Museum für Photographie, Brunswick (DE). Ten emerging artists. Contemporary experimental films and video art from Germany, Goethe Institute, Toronto (CA). 2016
The human condition, Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.