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About


Elena Gallen is a director, writer and visual artist. Educated in Media Studies at Blanquerna-URL School of Communication in Barcelona, she attended film school courses at NYFA New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and ECAM in Madrid. Her work has been showcased at MoMA PS 1 as part of the New York Art Book Fair,  European Culture Congress in Wrocław, Sprint (Salone di editoria indipendente e d’artista) in Milan or Center for Creative Communications (CCC) in Shizuoka (Japan), to name a few.


Gallen in her studio photographed by Suffo Moncloa.

Excelling for her thought-provoking works and self-initiated projects and deeply tied to the arts, culture and fashion industries, a gaining recognition acknowledged Gallen as one of Spain’s high-profile creatives in her early 20s. Writer, filmmaker, researcher, production designer and visual artist, she has led commissioned projects for companies and brands like CANADA, Universal Music or Tourmalet Films, Reebok, CAMPERLAB by Camper®, Meliá Hotels International or 080 Barcelona Fashion week. She has lectured about her practice and the work of kindred-spirit contemporary artists/filmmakers at cultural centers La Casa Encendida, CentroCentro or Fundación Mapfre.
         
Gallen was a judge to prestigious ADG Laus Awards and a Fashion Communication Masters professor at Istituto European di Design (IED). She’s edited various artists’ books and co-curated art exhibition Girls! Why did you decide to start a band? (2016) at MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castille & Leon reflecting on gender bias within the music industry. Her work in production design includes Spanish-French documentary feature Oscuro y Lucientes and award-winning horror short Disco Inferno, both known for their elevated aesthetics.

Often cross-polinating creative fields, Gallen most recently expanded her background in digital media as an editor at leading GenZ & Millennial platform Freeda, working with a focus on women, queer and marginalised voices. But her writing is best known for her non-fiction book, El Diablo es una mujer (Lunwerg, 2021), a film essay that restores the myth of the femme fatale across different cinematic eras and genres, reimagining and deconstructing established tropes from a feminist, esoteric and critical prism.    

With her screenwriter and directorial practice she intends to open avenues for rethinking established paradigms and contribute to the creative landscape and to the broader discourse on filmic gender representation. She’s currently writing spec scripts and in the first stages of development of a docuseries with CDMX-based production company Anónima Media, led by actress, activist and producer Eréndira Ibarra, inspired by her first book. ︎︎︎ Variety.com


Exhibitions

2014
Atelier Des Jeunes,
La Fabrica
Madrid, Spain

Atelier Des Jeunes,
La Fresh Gallery
Madrid, Spain

Longing for Tesla,
Design BWA gallery
in the context of
European Culture Congress,
Wrocław, Poland

2013
OffGallery,
JustMad Art Fair
Madrid, Spain

2011
Sacred Geometry (solo)
Kulte
Aix en Provence, France

2010
Estoril FashionArt Festival
Estoril, Portugal

2009
Sacred Geometry,
Urban Outfitters
Manchester, UK

2007
In An Absolute World,
Sala Offlimits
Madrid, Spain
Lectures &Workshops

POEMS I WILL NEVER RELEASE
Guided visit to Chiara Fumai exhibition
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
2022

MARY SHELLEY pre-release screening
organised by Sunset Cinema & Freeda Media
CentroCentro, Madrid
2018

VEIN GIRLS 
IED Visual Communication, Madrid
2017

LIBROS MUTANTES: Perspectivas Mutantes
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
2012



Press feat.

2023   VARIETY, Reforma
2021   elDiario.es, EL PAÍSEl Comercio
2017   VEIN
2015   Vanity Fair
2014   Fucking Young
2013   VICETendencias.tv



Artists' Books I edited

Fuego, No. 01: We Want To Believe, 2009
Fuego, No. 02: Great Minds Think Alike, 2010
Fuego, No. 03: Amulets, 2012
Elena Gallen, Sacred Geometry, 2010
Elena Gallen, Moiré Landscapes, 2013
Ruben Brulat, Sharing Paths, 2013
María Fonti, Para Vivir Por Favor, 2016

Curatorial

Girls! Why did you decide to start a band? 
MUSAC, Museum of Contemporary 
Art of Castille & Leon, Spain
2016

Ruben Brulat, Sharing Paths
Espacio Valverde, Madrid, Spain
2013

Co-editor, FUEGO
Barcelona, Spain
2009-2012



ArtBook Fairs

:ndex Guadalajara Art Book Fair,
Guadalajara, Mexico

Printed Matters,
NY Art Book Fair, MOMA PS1
New York City, USA

Sprint (Salone di editoria
indipendente e d'artista)
Milano, Italy

The Center for Creative
Communications (CCC)
Shizuoka, Japan

Libros Mutantes,
La Casa Encendida
Madrid, Spain




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