Multidisciplinary Artist, Los Angeles, California
Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts - Class of Fall 2015
Adrià Julià is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles whose work includes multi-media installations and performances. He first studied art, with an emphasis on sculpture, at the Universidad de Barcelona, earning his diploma in 1997. He subsequently turned to film and photo installations while at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he studied under Rebecca Horn. He completed his MFA in 2003 at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia, California.
In his work, Julià investigates the interdependence of individuals and their surroundings as they negotiate concepts of memory, resistance, displacement, and survival. He is particularly interested in the physical act of filmmaking, with a 2013 exhibition looking at the relationship between commercially produced cameras and the human body. His artwork has been presented in nearly two dozen solo exhibitions and over forty group shows worldwide. In Berlin, he is represented by gallery Dan Gunn, where his installation “Perpetual Monologues Apropos of a Loved Being: Los Angeles 1943-1991” showed in spring 2015. He has also exhibited at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, Generali Foundation in Vienna, Insa Art Space in Seoul, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, among other venues. His work has been included in the 2007 Biennale de Lyon, the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, and the 7a Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
In 2002, Julià was awarded the Prix Altadis. Julià has received support from the American Center Foundation, Fundación Arte y Derecho, Art Matters, California Community Foundation, and was the recipient of a “La Caixa” Foundation Fellowship. In 2016, he took part in the Art Residency Program at the Careyes Foundation in Mexico.