What Dreams Are Made Of - Issue I 


Edition 100 exemplars per number. Numbered / Signed / And if you want to: dedicated

Number #1: September 2014

4 Numbers Year (every 3 months)/ 100 copies each


Edited by Grundkreuz Art Editions




Photography + philosophy + poetry

“What Dreams Are Made Of “contains little photographic series that illustrate stories and reflexions about life.

Languages: Spanish + English

Translated by: Sara Bounajm

Art Direction by: Cecilia de Jorge Huerta

Models: Irene Cruz + Sara Tejera


Every picture inside the book has not been published on Internet, except the cover and the back cover, and these pictures of the physical book on my website -until we sell everything out-

The ones who acquire this little treasure will have something unique, which has only 100 copies in the world. Do not forget that it "What Dreams Are Made of"  is not only a photobook, it is thought to be an artistic object by itself.

It combines different papers and styles.



"With «What Dreams Are Made Of» the photo performer Irene Cruz moves on two historical paths. One derives from the romance of someone like German artist Caspar David Friedrich, whose male loneliness she intrinsically transfers into an image of female friendship and togetherness. The other path traces back from surrealism with its word-image combination and is given here in a form of artistical alliance by the poetess Sara Bounajm and her wild verses."

Natias Neutert



"When I started writing I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the places that I have already visited and the memories that the landscapes and I built together. I saw myself walking those paths, leaving behind all my old languages and finding a new one. I wondered whether they would stay where I left them once I come back, when I already knew what migration implies: a continuous dialogue between my past and my present. I hope the reader feels invited to join us, since dialoguing with the reader is an essential part of this project."

Sara Bounajm


Book Presentation & Signings 




  • Berliner Liste Art Fair - 18th- 21st September 2014 - Grundkreuz Stand - Postbahnof – Berlin

  • II Feria de Iniciación al Coleccionismo en Fotografía - 26th-28 September 2014 - Cervantes6 Art Gallery -  Oviedo

  • La terraza del Mercado de San Antón (During the Meeting art at the Opening of the exhibition Ex-Sistencias – organized by tucuartodearte.com) – Madrid

  • Signs of Dexterity Art Fair - Greenhouse Berlin - 3rd - 5th October 2014 - Grundkreuz Stand - Berlin

  • Cuarto Público Emergent Art Fair - Ingenio IC Stand - Curated Rooms (by Nuria García) - 28th -30th November - Santiago de Compostela

  • Jääl Project - Veo Arte Room- 22nd - 23rd November - Madrid

  • Dispara Art Gallery + Photobook Shop. 21st - 22nd November - Santiago de Compostela

  • LUFT. 1st Photobook Fair in Madrid. Gallery O2 - 13th December - Madrid

  • "What Dreams Are Made Of" - The Ballery - Solo Exhibition - 6th - 17th February - Berlin

What Dreams Are Made Of - Teaser



Directed by: Irene Cruz

Muse: Sara Tejera 

Music: Nhung Nguyễn (see more)

Video Edition + Grading: D Eceolaza  (see more)

Special Thanks: Jodri Cruz / Josefina Viruega / Nati Grund



Thank you for coming, carrying your unnecessary luggage.

Thank you for wrecking our pretentions, and for turning us into humans. (Sara Bounajm)


Berlin based video artist and photographer Irene Cruz (Madrid, 1987) is creating a turning point on the Media World. Her work is gaining a remarkable personality, with a recognizable style by everyone nowadays. Light is indeed a very important part of her work, which makes her explore and experiment in (the countries of)[1] Northern Europe. This time, the steps of Irene Cruz stop at The Ballery, offering an exhibition, in a project together with other two artists, that won’t leave the public indifferent.


“What Dreams Are Made Of” is the name of the first copy of Irene Cruz’s  little quarterly photo-book, displayed as a collectable fanzine, presenting in this occasion, thirteen of the pictures featured in the photo-book, together with the poems of Sara Bounajm.


“What Dreams Are Made Of” is an experimental project started by Irene Cruz after publishing her first collective foto-book Blumen, where she already counted with the participation of the poetess Sara Bounajm. This time, Cruz decided to share the photographs with the Sara Bounajm, encouraging her to interpret them, making them of her own, getting inspired in order to create and giving so, voice to them. Nevertheless, the photographs will be brought to life not only through words. The Pianist Nhung Nguyen, inspired by Cruz’s work has also given her own interpretation to these photographs through her experimental piano music. 


This exhibition seeks to create an atmosphere where poetry, music, photography and video-art come together generating a total harmony. Conceiving the exhibition space as a place where the tenacity of the stories told through Cruz’s photography fuses with the power of the word by Sara Bounajm and the interpretation of the pianist Nhung Nguyen. A trip to which the spectator is invited to join them in their insatiable search, and that promises an approach to new forms, formats and means of expression.


It is for me a pleasure to be able to work together with these magnificent artists, supporting them in their journey of experimentation, creation, work and development.


Carlota Ibañez de Aldecoa Silvestre, Curator


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