Stella Rahola Matutes

Barcelona, 1980

Licensed in architecture at ETSAB (UPC) Barcelona and master in projects at ETSAB (2011) and MFA at Goldsmiths University of London (2019). Her background gives her an interest towards the space, construction and the ability of material to transform. Her practice deals with the creation of places and spatial situational encounters, displaying installations and sculptural pieces that rescue disused crafts and techniques. Through complex, physically demanding and almost alchemical processes, Stella claims the crucial role of hands and body as capabilities of knowledge. Subverting these practices to their limits, she points towards a state of material transformation, reaching a point of awkward fragility, accentuating its vital cycle to dissipate the ontological binary of life and matter.
Rahola Matutes has exhibited nationally and internationally, among his latest exhibitions one could highlight: Beautiful Failures at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (Barcelona, 2021), Teoria de la Alegría at MACE (Ibiza, 2020), LA Contemporary Art Fair with the London gallery Union Pacific (Los Angeles, 2019), Politics of Translation at The Stone Gallery (London 2019), Babelia and Other Stories, at Can Mario of the Vila Casas Foundation (Barcelona, 2019), Syntonic State, at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts (Galway, Ireland, 2018). She has recently received the A-FAD prize in recognition of her career (2021) and the Vila Casas Foundation Sculpture Award (2021). Stella combines her artistic activity teaching as a professor of MEATS (Master in Ephemeral and Temporary Spaces) at Elisava School of Design and Engineering in Barcelona.