Paloma Polo is an independent researcher and visual artist based in Amsterdam and Manila. She is currently a visiting research fellow at the Center for International Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman. Polo holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Complutense University (Madrid), having finished her degree in 2006 at Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts of London). Between 2007- 2009 she attended De Ateliers art residency program (Amsterdam). In 2010 she was a resident artist at Gasworks program (London).
Polo’s projects are founded on comprehensive multidisciplinary research endeavours. Her artistic practice explores subjugated knowledges that can inform the history of scientific knowledge production and the construction of humanely progressive political discourse.
She has exhibited her work individually at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Kurimanzutto Gallery (Mexico City), Frieze Art Fair (London), Montehermoso Cultural Centre (Vitoria) and SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain (Amsterdam) amongst other venues. Her work has been featured at the International Exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennial, Turner Contemporary (Kent), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (México), Stedelijk Hertogenbosch Museum (Den Bosch), Celje Regional Museum, (Slovenia), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo CA2M (Madrid), Artium Museum (Vitoria) or CGAC, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Compostela) amongst other venues.
She has been awarded the Contribution to the working budget Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgevin en Bouwkunst, Holland (2013 and 2011); Production grant MUSAC, Museum of Contemporary art of Castilla y León (2010); Generación 2011 award. Fundación Caja Madrid.(2010); Art and Research 2009. Montehermoso. Vitoria; First Price at the Art Contest INJUVE, Madrid (2009); First price of audiovisual contest, Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, CDAN, Huesca (2008); International Mobility of Artists Prize, Matadero, Madrid (2008).