Esperanza Collado is a Spanish artist-researcher. Her performance-environments, site-specific works and critical texts investigate the dematerialization of film in art practices, the performativity of writing and the figure of the artist as metahistorian. Often focusing on the phenomenological and situational aspects of cinema and projection, her interdisciplinary works explore the conditions and paradoxes of the performative materiality of the film apparatus at the end of the film age. Recent works revolve around the spatial, sculptural, political, social and choreographic dimensions and potentialities of a cinema by other means. Her book ‘Paracinema: la desmaterialización del cine en las prácticas artísticas’ (Paracinema: the dematerialisation of film in artistic practices), a short version of her Ph.D, won the Spanish Writings on Art Prize from Fundación Arte y Derecho in 2011. She co-founded the editorial project LEVE, releasing 7 records on 45rpm vinyl of site-specific field recordings made by invited artists.

She was on a Fellowship in New York 2009-2010 researching the body in film performance works. In 2020, she was on a Fellowship in Taiwan researching expanded cinema in East Asia. She lectures in Cuenca Fine Arts College (UCLM) and directs the MA in performance practice anbd visual culture (MNCARS). She has been a guest lecturet at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (San Sebastian) and MasterLAV (Madrid). 

Between 2011-17 she was a film programmer of DocuMUSAC, Museum of Contemporary Art of León. Collado co-founded the Experimental Film Club in 2008, a space for art and experimental film exhibition and discussion in Dublin, and the experimental art festival Márgenes (2008-09), where she promoted Spanish experimental and expanded cinema. Research initiated on Irish avant-garde cinema resulted in the series of programmes Absences and Impossibilities: Traces of an Avant-Garde Cinema in Ireland, distributed by LUX Moving Image.  

Collado's work has been shown at Museum of Moving Image (New York), Taipei Contemporary Art Center (Taiwan), Bristol Experimental and Expanded Cinema (UK), Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (Dublin), Close-Up Cinema (London), MNCARS (Madrid), Images Festival (Toronto), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), MacVal (Paris), Tabakalera CICC (San Sebastian) , Centro de Arte Digital (Mexico), Biennial of Havana (Cuba), Image Forum (Tokyo), Anthology Film Archives (New York), Lajevardi Foundation (Teheran), etc.

Photograph by Patricia Magadán, 2015