Eulàlia Grau (Terrassa 1946), also known simply as Eulàlia, began to study Fine Art in Barcelona but abandoned it in favour of cinema studies at the Sala Aixelà under teachers such as Pere Portabella and Alexandre Cirici, and at the Eina School where she met Albert Ràfols-Casamada and Josep Maria Carandell. In Milan she worked at the design studio Olivetti. Most of her work was done during the seventies and early eighties. After a short stay in Germany in the mid-eighties, she moved to Japan and China where she would remain until the late nineties, when she moved back to Barcelona and resumed her artistic career. In 2013, MACBA presented an exhibition focused on her most critical works.

In her work, Eulàlia uses photographs from the media, which she re-contextualises by establishing a dialogue between them, bringing out some very critical social messages. Besides emulsified canvases and silk-screens, she also produces posters and insertions in books and magazines. In an attempt to escape the usual artistic media channels, Eulàlia constructs her work as an uncomfortable testimony of the society of her time. Her work documents the weaknesses, contradictions and perversities of the capitalist system, not only in the most obvious mechanisms of perpetuation such as the police, the army and the prisons, but also in more subtle institutions such as the family, schools and the media. One of her subjects of interest is gender critique. Through it she denounces the abusive and unequal situation of women and questions female stereotypes in the public and private spheres.

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