Barcelona-based artist, designer and photographer Octavi Serra’s work is centered around capturing the ironies, truisms, and frustrations of modern life. Optical illusions and waste products are presented in public spaces and then photographed as part of an engaging philosophical series.

The Spanish artist’s liberal work is a sign of the times, and a reaction to the dissatisfaction with the current social landscape. Serra builds conceptual installations that both poke fun at current culture, and question with much seriousness, the status quo: each image portrays a message about some type of socio-political issue. Be it surveillance, greed, corruption, environmental destruction, egoism, technology, or consumerism, no stone is left unturned. The donut tempting you to ‘Just Do It’ with its infamous Nike tick, a clock portraying the obsession with spending all of our time at work, or encouraging the viewer to literally leave their doubts in the garbage bin, are some examples of this portrayal. Whatever the aspect, Serra’s sense of disillusionment is apparent. In a recent interview, he warns: “They have sold us a base pattern to live in the world, [and] if we do not make an effort to overcome it or change it, it’s easy to end up looking like automata”.

 

Selected Exhibitions


Loom Festival
Artbnb Jerusalem
Nuart 2018
Biennale Venezia 2018
Asalto 2017
Ús Barcelona
BCN Design Week
The blank paper event for Fedrigoni - Gaia todo um mundo
Festival Cultura en la calle de Rivas Vaciamadrid
ÚS BARCELONA
MILESTONE
EMERGENTS.0.
Big Irv Gallery Brooklyn
Vaciamadrid
Chisenhale gallery
London Enclave Gallery
Palo Alto Market
Utopia 126
Proyecto Algo
Villarosas
Art Cluster
LABoral Centro de arte y creación industrial
Valladolid ELISAVA "èxits".
Art Cluster.
Movimiento.zero
Sensorium
SWAB
...

Selected publications

MOMA
Playground
Ignant
Designboom
Yorokobu
Metal magazine
Chromatic Watch Old Skull
Trendhunter
Itsnicethat
Good Think.bigchief
Etoday
Vote for Sanchez
Street art in Barcelona
Al rincon
Brooklyn Street Art
Ron orp Vormplatform
Talent paperblog
Ekosystem
Amorfart Studio
Hastaladesign
Join Blkyn Be kind!
Zeus it up
...


Press

Metal Magazine
Timeout Barcelona
Ara
20 minutos (periódico)
La Vanguardia
El Mundo
Tendencias
El periodico
La Sexta
RTVE
Betevé



Awards

DME Awards
Silver Laus FAD Award
Atorgació de les beques KREAS
Concurs "intervenciones en la calle"  en Rivas Vaciamadrid