Elena Lavellés (Madrid, 1981) holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an MA in Contemporary Art from the European University of Madrid.
She subsequently completed her training at Syracuse University and the Whitney Museum of American Art (both in New York), and the California Institute of the Arts – CalArts (Los Angeles). Between 2011 and 2017 she has shown her work in Madrid, Syracuse, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Mexico City.
Roots in Route. An Atlas of Black Gold will be a multi-channel audiovisual essay with a running time of between sixty and ninety minutes, accompanied by photographs, archive material and objects.
The author will use the medium of gold (in its metal, oil and coal variants) to explore the processes of value production and their impact in terms of social exclusion, geographical displacement and the transformation of the landscape and the environment, and with reference to the social resistance movements and human rights struggles that have sprung up around these economic structures.