Itziar Barrio


Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Theatre Program

A multimedia artist and educator based in New York City, Barrio's survey exhibition, By All Means, was curated by Johanna Burton (director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, in Los Angeles and former curator at the New Museum) at Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao (2018). Barrio’s long-term project, The Perils of Obedience (2010 - 2022), merges different media to generate a movie in real time—participating in a larger debate about labor conditions and subjectivity—and It recently premiered at Participant Inc. in New York City. Her work has been presented internationally at MACRO Museum (Rome), Matadero Madrid, MACBA Museum (Barcelona), Belgrade's Contemporary Art Museum, Museo del Banco de la República (Bogotá), Abrons Arts Center (NYC), Anthology Films Archives (NYC), Salzburger Kunstverein, Espacio ODEÓN (Bogotá), Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Poland), tranzit (Romania), European Network for Public Art Producers (ENPAP), ARTIUM Museum (Vitoria-Gasteiz), and the Havana Biennial, among many others. Barrio is a New Museum’s cultural incubator, NEW INC member (2020-2022), and was a 2018-2019 recipient of the Spanish Academy in Rome Fellowship (Rome prize). She has received awards and grants by institutions that include the Brooklyn Art Council, Ministry of Culture of Spain, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and BBVA Foundation. She has been an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), La Escuelita Nicaragua, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts and has lectured at New York University, Hunter College, MICA, Montclair University, and the New School, among many others. SLC, 2022–

Graduate Courses 2023-2024

MFA Theatre

Corrupting the Moving Image MFA Studio

Graduate Component

In this course, students will analyze and experiment with different moving image formats, including web projects and films, while focusing on video art, video installation and live performance. They will develop an understanding of moving image techniques and, with the aid of film theory, how they can be augmented, disrupted and corrupted. We will destabilize 'the quotidian' by mutating conventions as a political method and a creative process. Cutting-edge experiments in video corruption as an aesthetic strategy will be emphasized, from willful corruptions of the medium to the use of accidents and errors to break established rules. The course will draw on a rich body of readings, including Glitch Feminism by Legacy Russell, The Queer Art of Failure by Jack Halberstam and For an Imperfect Cinema by Julio García Espinosa. Through individual tutorials, group discussion, in-class critique and collaborative exercises, students will develop their video art practice by translating theory and technique into their own language and individual voice.​ Prerequisite: Graduate Students or Undergraduate students who have completed at least one video and one sound component.