Javier Orcaray

Javier Orcaray, (Barcelona, 1980) is a Spanish cultural manager, curator, photographer and environmental activist. He holds a MA in World History and a MA in Visual Culture: Theory (NYU).

In 2010 he opened the artist residency La Fragua, which soon became a benchmark in Spain for research and thought in the rural world.

In 2014 he was a founding member of CoMbO, an independent arts space in the city of Cordoba that proposed new exhibition discourses based on the production work at La Fragua, with emerging contemporary artists such as Jacobo Castellano, Nathalie Haüsler, Angel Masíp, Tobias Sojber, David Bestué, Pablo Captain del Río, Fernando M. Romero, ATOI, Laia Estruch, Ethan Hayes-Chute and Tommy Hovik among others.

In 2020 he opened /Plata, the only independent space in Cordoba dedicated for the arts and transdisciplinary research.

Included in his most relevant curatorial projects are:

“Mi casa es tu Casa” with the international collective Kandor13 (Catherine Czacki, Brock Enright, Pablo Jansana, Daria Irincheeva, Andrea Galvani, Cecilia Vicuña, Carolina Saquel, Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Balam Bartolomé, Esperanza Mayobre, Angélica Teuta, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Felix Lazo, Lars Laumann at Centro de Arte Pepe Espaliú).

“How a Grape can Float in the Ocean” with artist Javier Arce at Centro de Arte Pepe Espaliú as part of the 16th biennial of photography in Cordoba .

“AABAS: Art Agriculture Biodiversity Food and Health” a symposium of experts and artistic residencies with Pedro Soler, Aniara Rodado, Laura M. Dávila, Daniela Moreno-Wright at the Center for Contemporary Creation of Andalusia.

Plata. The new cultural space in Cordoba, 2021
Adding compost for AABAS (Art, Food, Biodiversity and Health) at Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía 2017
CoMbO (2014-206). Tommy Hovik and Pablo Capitán del Río. Exhibition at our gallery.
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  1. […] Javier Orcaray spoke to us from Spain at the one-year anniversary of the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this time, Orcaray has learned to adapt to changing circumstances. His major project at the moment is opening a new space for the arts and the community. In 2010, Orcaray co-founded an artist residency where over 250 artists spent residency periods. He went on to establish other residencies and art spaces including Plata, which opened in 2020 and is a place where he and his collaborators can work with artists and curators to bring events to the community. Orcaray and his team operate as a nonprofit, receiving funding from memberships as well as grant opportunities. To hear more about Plata and other ventures, as well as discussion about the role of art in the community and the world, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Javier Orcaray spoke to us from Spain at the one-year anniversary of the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this time, Orcaray has learned to adapt to changing circumstances. His major project at the moment is opening a new space for the arts and the community. In 2010, Orcaray co-founded an artist residency where over 250 artists spent residency periods. He went on to establish other residencies and art spaces including Plata, which opened in 2020 and is a place where he and his collaborators can work with artists and curators to bring events to the community. Orcaray and his team operate as a nonprofit, receiving funding from memberships as well as grant opportunities. To hear more about Plata and other ventures, as well as discussion about the role of art in the community and the world, listen to the complete interview. […]

  3. […] Javier Orcaray spoke to us from Spain at the one-year anniversary of the Coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this time, Orcaray has learned to adapt to changing circumstances. His major project at the moment is opening a new space for the arts and the community. In 2010, Orcaray co-founded an artist residency where over 250 artists spent residency periods. He went on to establish other residencies and art spaces including Plata, which opened in 2020 and is a place where he and his collaborators can work with artists and curators to bring events to the community. Orcaray and his team operate as a nonprofit, receiving funding from memberships as well as grant opportunities. To hear more about Plata and other ventures, as well as discussion about the role of art in the community and the world, listen to the complete interview. […]