Analía Beltrán i Janés is a graduate in fine arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. She works in video and photography and, since 2001, in action art, centring her activity mainly in this latter field. She has participated in festivals such as Acción!08MAD in Madrid, the X Havana Biennal (Cuba), and the Infr’action 09 in Séte (France), Ebent 2010 (Barcelona), Arrt d’Accció (Valencia), Infr’action Venice 2011(Venice Biennal), Perfomedia 2011, Italy, behind others. She lives in Madrid where, in a variety of different spaces, most of her work in action art is conducted: Artenaccion, Espacio Espora, Festival “Reformance”, Espacio Menosuno, etc.
Owing to her training in the plastic arts, her work in performance arises from out of a need to eliminate the artistic object in order to create a more direct exchange between the public and herself, frequently involving direct audience participation. She tries to make the work aesthetically simple, by using everyday objects infused with an important symbolic charge.
She wants the spectator to clearly perceive the message that she seeks to transmit; or rather, more than that, she hopes that her work provokes feelings that are within everybody’s grasp, whether or not they are familiar with the artistic references, that the work is open to an additional, more complex, level of interpretation. This second level is where the influences of her performances are revealed; in general, in poetry, songs and traditional stories, as well as issues that concern her in her own social circumstances, particularly those related to questions of gender. Her performances focus upon notions of her identity as a woman, as spanish and also as human being in society. They are also concerned with violence and the play of power in our society.
“I leave it to the other artists to reflect about their own work, I´m not interested in this question at the moment. I use performance art as a way of expressing my inquietudes on the state of society/ how society works.”