EN

I don’t understand reality. I have never understood it. My position in reality has always been a kind of wandering around it without knowing exactly when I entered and left its core. My gaze starts from within as a mental image and is projected outwards as a photographic image with the personal filter of my way of perceiving the outside.

Photography connects soul and vision and in that interval the gaze is defined. It is the projection of my mind through the camera that allows me to fold that written sheet that is supposed to be reality and of which I underline only those lines that interest me, or I literally mess up. I change the tense and the verb in order to generate a new story. I explore my identity in the places where I have lived and I project myself into them trying to find answers.

I need to activate a kind of obsession. A mental state that isolates me and allows me to display a hypersensitivity that leads me to visualize scenes that at first glance go unnoticed. One of the main premises in my work is to stage strangeness. Situations out of context, which suggest more than they tell and which are presented as open works ready for the viewer’s reading and interpretation.

The greatest emotion when contemplating a photograph arises when I recognize myself in the image and it challenges me to delve deeper into my existence. When the author, speaking about himself, connects us with our own self. Photographs that refer us to the sensitive fragments of our essence as people. Where images seem to point at us in silence, whisper to us and trap us.

BIO

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Oskar Alvarado is a visual artist currently living in Barcelona. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at Basque Country University (UPV), a MA on Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media at Higher School of Design (ESDI) in Barcelona and a Graduate Diploma in Management, Preservation and Dissemination of Photographic Archives at Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (UAB).

AWARDS

2023
Parallel Voices
. Photometria International Photography Festival. Ioannina, Greece – Winner
Gomma Photography Grant
. London, United Kingdom – Honorable Mention
The Prefix Prize. Toronto, Canada – Honorable Mention
Kursala 100. University of Cadiz, Spain – Finalist
Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Unesco Extremadura Center. Cáceres, Spain – Finalist
Angkor Photo Festival. Siem Reap, Cambodia – Selected
Urbanautica Institute Awards. Asolo, Italy – Shortlisted

2022
Sarajevo Photography Festival
. Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina – 1st Place Documentary and Grand Prix Winner
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award
. Tbilisi, Georgia – Best Conceptual Series Winner
Photo Collective Stories. Melbourne, Australia – Shortlisted
Solar Foto Festival. Fortaleza, Brazil – Selected
Belfast Photo Festival. Belfast, Northern Ireland – Highly Commended Artist

2021
Festival Images Gibellina. Gibellina, Sicily – Winner
OpenWalls Arles. British Journal of Photography & Galerie Huit Arles, France – Winner
Flow Photofest. Highlands and Islands, Scotland – Winning Image
Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship. Los Angeles, USA – Honorable Mention
Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Unesco Extremadura Center. Cáceres, Spain – Honorable Mention
Life Framer Photography Award.  Night Life judged by Christophe Jacrot. London, United Kingdom – Honorable Mention
Belfast Photo Festival. Belfast, Northern Ireland – Highly Commended Artist
BFoto Festival. Barbastro, Spain – Selected
Fotonoviembre Atlántica Colectivas. Tenerife, Spain – Selected
Chambre 07 Festival International de Photographie. Aubenas, France – Selected
Foto Arica Festival Internacional de Fotografía. Arica, Chile – Selected
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award. Tbilisi, Georgia – Shortlisted

2020
Helsinki Photo Festival. Helsinki, Finland – Winner
Art Photo Bcn. Barcelona, Spain – Winner
OpenWalls Arles. British Journal of Photography & Galerie Huit Arles, France – Winner 
Helsinki Photo Festival.  Portfolio RewiewsHelsinki, Finland – Winner
Life Framer Photography Award. Night Life judged by Todd Hido. London, United Kingdom – Honorable Mention
Restart. Lithuanian Photographers Association. Vilnius, Lithuania – Finalist
Head On Photo Awards. Australia – Semi-Finalist
Verzasca Foto Festival. Sonogno, Verzasca Valley. Switzerland – Selected
Emergentes – Prémio Internacional de Fotografia Encontros da Imagem. Braga, Portugal – Selected

2019
PHotoESPAÑA. Discoveries PHE19. Madrid, Spain – Selected
IMAGO Lisboa Photo Festival. Lisbon Meeting Point Photofolio Review. Lisbon, Portugal – 20 best portfolios
BIPA, Barcelona International Photography Award. Best 50 photographers – Finalist
Lucie Foundation Chromalux X Fine Art Scholarship. Los Angeles, USA – Finalist
Gomma Photography Grant. London, United Kingdom – Shortlisted
Les Boutographies. Montpellier, France – Shortlisted
Athens Photo Festival. Athens, Greece – Shortlisted
Belfast Photo Festival. Belfast, Northern Ireland – Shortlisted
Life Framer Photography Award.  Night life. London, United Kingdom – Editor’s pick

2018
Helsinki Photo Festival
. Helsinki, Finland – Winner
Tokio International Foto Awards. Tokio, Japan – Gold Winner and Honorable Mention
IPA International Photography Awards. Los Angeles, USA – 2nd Place Winner
Solar Foto Festival. Fortaleza, Brazil – Selected

2017
Burn Emerging Photographer Fund.  Burn Magazine. USA – Shortlisted

2016
Addis Foto Fest. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Selected
Athens Photo Festival. Athens, Greece – Shortlisted

2014
Voies Off Awards. Arles, France – Selected


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023
Where Fireflies Unfold
.  Belgrade Photo Month. Instituto Cervantes. Belgrade, Serbia
In collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Belgrade

2021
Where Fireflies Unfold.  BFoto Festival. Sala Francisco Goya, UNED. Barbastro, Spain

2020
Where Fireflies Unfold.  PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival. Kikar Hamedina, Tel-Aviv. Israel
In collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Israel

2016
Insomnia.  La Grey, Space for Contemporary Creation. SCAN Tarragona 2016, International Photography Festival. Spain

GROUP EXHIBITIONS / Selection

2023
Where Fireflies Unfold
. Parallel Voices. Photometria International Photography Festival. Pyrsinellas Mansion– Municipal Regional Theater. Ioannina, Greece
Where Fireflies Unfold.  VII Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Archivo Histórico Provincial. Cáceres, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold
. Festival Gibellina PhotoRoad. Fondazione Orestiadi. Gibellina, Sicily 
Where Fireflies Unfold. Cáceres Abierto, Contemporary Art Biennial. Archivo Histórico Provincial. Cáceres, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Interactive installation). Der Greif. Past & Present. Pinakothek der Moderne and ZIRKA. Múnich, Germany
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Projection). Angkor Photo Festival. Chocolate Garden. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lucernario.  Out From The Mist. Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery. Mandurah, Australia

2022
Where Fireflies Unfold  
(Projection). Solar Foto Festival. Complex Cultural Estação das Artes. Fortaleza, Brazil
Where Fireflies Unfold  
(Projection). FORMAT International Photography Festival. QUAD’s Resource Area. Derby, United Kingdom
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Sarajevo Photography Festival. Galerija Muzeja USK. Bihać, Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold
.  Sarajevo Photography Festival. JU Dom Kulture Edhem MulabdicMaglaj, Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Sarajevo Photography Festival. JU KSC Kakanj. Kakanj, Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold.  
Sarajevo Photography Festival. Sarajevo City Hall. Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Projection). Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award. Former. Tbilisi, Georgia
Where Fireflies Unfold.  V Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Fábrica da Criatividade. Castelo Branco, Portugal
Where Fireflies Unfold.  V Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Galería Municipal. Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal
Where Fireflies Unfold.  XXXVI Certamen Artístico Villa de Amurrio. Sala de exposiciones municipal La Casona. Amurrio, Spain
Insomnia.  Limited Edition Helsinki Photo Festival. Marski Gallery by Scandic Hotel. Helsinki, Finland
Lucernario.  Out From The Mist. 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space. Gold Coast, Australia

2021
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Fotonoviembre Atlántica Colectivas – COAC Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos. Tenerife, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold.  V Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Sala Pintores. Cáceres, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Flow Photofest. Highland Print Studio. Inverness, United Kingdom
Where Fireflies Unfold.  OpenWalls Arles 2021. Galerie Huit Arles. France
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Projection). Festival Images Gibellina. Palazzo di Lorenzo. Gibellina, Sicily
Insomnia.  Chambre 07. Centre Le Bournot. Aubenas, France
Insomnia.  Foto Arica Festival Internacional de Fotografía. Fundación Casa Yanulaque. Arica, Chile
Insomnia.  Mass Isolation Finland. Veteli Art Manor. Veteli. Finland
Insomnia.  Mass Isolation Finland. Nykyaika Photographic Center. Tampere. Finland
Insomnia.  Mass Isolation Finland. Northern Photographic Centre. Oulu. Finland
Insomnia.  Mass Isolation Finland. Galleria Ratamo. Jyväskylä. Finland

2020
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Verzasca Foto Festival. Of men and woods. Sonogno, Verzasca Valley. Switzerland
Where Fireflies Unfold.  OpenWalls Arles. Galerie Huit Arles. France
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Helsinki Photo Festival. National Museum and Korjaamo. Helsinki, Finland
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Prospectus Gallery, Restart. Vilnius, Lithuania

2019
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Projection). BIPA Best 50th photographers, Valid Foto Gallery. Barcelona, Spain
Insomnia.  Out From The Mist. Brisbane City Hall, Australia

2018
Insomnia.  PH21 Gallery, Nocturnal. Budapest, Hungary
Insomnia.  Helsinki Photo Festival.  Galleria Futura and Kellohalli. Helsinki, Finland
Insomnia  (Projection). Solar Foto Festival, Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura. Fortaleza, Brazil

2016
Insomnia.  Addis Foto Fest. Sheraton Addis H. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2014
Insomnia  (Projection). Voies Off Awards, Archbishop’s Palace court-yard. Arles, France

RESIDENCIES

Arteleku Creation Center. San Sebastián, Spain

PUBLICATIONS

2023
Fotonoviembre 2021. TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. Tenerife, Spain. ISBN 978-84-124928-3-5
VII Premio Internacional de Fotografía Santiago Castelo 2023. Centro Unesco de Extremadura. ISBN 978-84-124702-3-9

2022
Stories Anual 2022
. Photo Collective. Melbourne, Australia

2021

V Premio Internacional de Fotografía Santiago Castelo 2021. Centro Unesco de Extremadura. ISBN 978-84-124702-0-8
#mass isolation projectfi. K.H. Renlundin museo – The Centre for Creative Photography – Northern Photographic Centre. ISBN 978-952-68208-1-1

2020

Restart. Lithuanian Photographers Association. ISBN 978-9955-438-82-3

2011
Shoes: Fashion & Desire. Instituto Monsa de Ediciones. Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 978-84-15223-33-7

PUBLICATIONS / Online

Where Fireflies Unfold.  Edge of Humanity Magazine
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Audioteca Fotográfica Mujer Puente
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Interview, Art Photo Bcn
Where Fireflies UnfoldPHMuseum Featured Project
Where Fireflies Unfold.  LIFE FRAMER Collection
Where Fireflies Unfold.  100 HUNDRED PHOTOGRAPHIZE ANUAL BOOK Best Selected 2020 
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Top 250 PHMuseum Stories of 2020
Where Fireflies Unfold.  DER GREIF, Guest Room. «Your Truth» an online exhibition curated by Sara Hemming
Where Fireflies Unfold.  BURN MAGAZINE 
Insomnia.  LIFE FRAMER, Night life Editor’s Pick

COLLECTIONS

Fondazione Orestiadi. Gibellina, Sicily
Consorcio Universitario UNED. Barbastro, Spain