Daniela Ortiz

Daniela Ortiz Lives and works in Barcelona. 

Through her work, she aims to generate visual narratives in which the concepts of nationality, racialization, social class and genre are explored so as to critically understand structures of colonial, patriarchal and capitalist power. Her recent projects and research deal with the European migratory control system, its links to colonialism and the legal structure created by European institutions in order to inflict violence on racialized and migrant communities. She has also developed projects about the Peruvian upper class and its exploitative relationship with domestic workers. Recently, her artistic practice has reverted to visual and manual work, developing artworks in ceramic, collage and formats such as children’s books in order to shift away from the aesthetics of Eurocentric conceptual art. 
Apart from her artistic practice, she is the mother of a three-year-old, she gives talks, holds workshops, carries out investigations and participates in discussions on Europe’s migratory control system and its ties to coloniality in various contexts. 

Anti-colonial prayer to Fernandito Tupac Amaru Bastidas

Anti-colonial prayer to Fernandito Tupac Amaru Bastidas, 2020

series of four acrylic paint on wood
20 × 30 cm

Risk Factors

Risk Factors, 2020

Digital print on photographic paper 120 x 200 cm, 49 legal forms 29.7 x 21.2 cm each

Empire of the Law

Empire of the Law, 2019

HD single-channel video, color, sound, 30‘12”

Europe will kneel to receive the anti-colonial spirit

Europe will kneel to receive the anti-colonial spirit, 2019

Lightbox, digital print on fabric
170 × 100 cm


Walter, 2019

Wood, plastic and acrylic on wood , ambiental dimension

Anti-colonial monuments

Anti-colonial monuments, 2018

series of six sand painted clays

ABC of Racist Europe

ABC of Racist Europe, 2017

26 Fine Art Print on Hahnemüle paper
30 × 30 cm

Jus Sanguinis

Jus Sanguinis, 2016

Video, 3’ 29”, color, sound, digital print framed 32 x 40,5 cm

Arma Blanca

Arma Blanca, 2011

Installation, 24 digital prints, B/W mounted on diasec.Video, 8’ 20”
14,8 × 21 cm