María Alcaide develops in this project some previous lines of research focusing on making visible the economic conditions of the cognitariat. Based on the homonymous book by M. Kang, “The managed hand” is an analysis of emotional work linked to the provision of services related to the body. Manicure salons are taken here as a paradigm, since they are spaces where feminized work, aesthetics and power converge.

María Alcaide holds a MFA in Art and Design, although her work has been presented in research contexts like l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Universität Der Künste (Berlin) or the Complutense University of Madrid. She has participated in many group exhibitions and solo shows, the last one in Àngels Barcelona gallery. She also has shown his work in Helsinki (Muu Kaapeli), Berlin (ACUD, Fiber Festival) or San Francisco (EAS, Reed College) or Spain (Can Felipa, LOOP Barcelona, Fran Reus gallery or BlueProject Foundation). She has been awarded at Jeune Création Française and Salon de Montrouge 64 (Paris) and has also been artist-in residence in Berlin (Agora Collective), Leipzig (LeFugitif), the Western Sahara (Artifariti), among others. She currently lives and works in Barcelona, where she is artist-in-residence in Fabra i Coats-Sant Andreu Contemporani.