“Happy New Year! This month’s Cover Story focusses on Claudia Pagès’s Gerundi Circular (2021), a video installation that was commissioned for the exhibition Panorama 21: Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire), curated by Latitudes and Hiuwai Chu for the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). The work was recently incorporated into the MACBA Collection via a purchase by the Government of Catalonia for the National Collection of Contemporary Art.” Continue reading
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Following on our earlier post on recent exhibitions by participating artists in MACBA’s exhibition “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”, and coinciding with its first anniversary, we highlight four iterations of works produced or derived from their original presentation in the 2021 exhibition.
Antoni Hervàs presents “Under the firelight, the ash shines like glitter” (2021-2022), a work that grows from its earlier iteration “La Mellers” (2021, see images above), a sculpture-becoming-exhibition entrance commissioned for “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”, which now has become an “archive of its own making” in the words of the artist. “Under the firelight...” incorporates new papier-mâché parts allowing Hervàs to continue his research on the Barcelona underground varieté and drag scenes.
El Palomar is presenting their acclaimed film “Schreber is a Woman” (2020) in Frankfurt, which was originally commissioned for the 11th Berlin Biennale in 2020, and premiered in Spain during MACBA’s “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”. Since it was screened in Barcelona last October, El Palomar has presented the film in New York this past July (at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art) and this month as part of “To be Seen. Queer Life 1900-1950” at the NS-Dokuzentrum München.
Following on Claudia Pagès solo show “Abajo el puerto suena nino-nino, y yo arriba pipí” at The RYDER in Madrid earlier this past summer, her 360º video installation “Gerundi Circular” (2021) is now on view at Tabakalera in Donostia, Basque Country, until 15th January 2023. The 14-minute film was commissioned for “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” and co-produced with ELAMOR. In 2022 “Gerundi Circular” has joint MACBA Collection through the funds of the National Collection of Contemporary Art of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
At the end of this long hot summer, Bombon Projects’ participated in Marseille’s Art-O-Rama art fair presenting Rosa Tharrats’ “Akaal / Selene \ Uluru” (2021), specially commissioned for MACBA’s exhibition, in dialogue with paintings by Mari Eastman.
Seven artists are currently exhibiting in Madrid or Córdoba with works produced, presented or derived from their original presentation in the group exhibition “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” that took place at MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, between October 2021 and February 2022, curated by Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes.
Rosa Tharrats opened her first solo exhibition at Galería Ehrhardt Flórez in Madrid. Titled “Theta Wave” (until July 3, 2022) it presents a new installation made with her signature materials, including recycled textiles and clothes, bioplastics, sponges, nets or stones, and is complemented with a suite of framed drawings and a sculpture made with discarded marble pieces intersected with fabrics. The text accompanying Rosa’s exhibition is written by another Panorama participant, Gabriel Ventura, whose performative action and poem “Passió i cartografia per a un incendi dels ulls” titled the small book published as the colophon of the exhibition.
Originally premiered in July 2021 at The Green Parrot, Adrian Schindler’s series of posters “The roles (notes for a film)” (2021–ongoing) is part of his ongoing research tracing Morocco’s colonial past in Spanish society, which culminates in his film trilogy “Tetuan, Tetuán, Tetwan”, whose first part was premièred at MACBA, and has been produced with the support of the Department de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Casa de Velázquez and the Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris, with the collaboration of 2deo.
Besides the installation “Constellation” (2021–ongoing) Arash Fayez presents “Anecdotes From the Elsewhere” a performance developed alongside “Anecdotes to be forgotten” which was presented in MACBA on December 9, 2021, alongside his works “Apolis” (2014-18/2021) and “Limbo” (2018-2021).
Claudia Pagès just opened the solo show “Abajo el puerto suena nino-nino, y yo arriba pipí” at The RYDER in Madrid, where the centrepiece is the video installation “Gerundio Circular” (2021), a 14-minute, 360º film presented on a circular LED screen which was commissioned for “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls” and co-produced with ELAMOR. On view until July 30, 2022.
Aleix Plademunt’s “Matter”, his most comprehensive solo show to date, is on view until July 24, 2022, at Sala Canal Isabel II as part of PHotoEspaña 2022. As Elena Vozmediano noted in her review, a selection of 18 large prints were originally premiered in MACBA’s exhibition “Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls”.
“Hermetic philosopher Giulio Camillo built his Theatre of Memory in Venice in around 1530. Inverting the perspective of ancient theatre, a single spectator could stand on a central “stage” to look out at a wooden auditorium of seven rows of seven pictures. ”
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“There are days when an event, by the logic of the unforeseen, makes a cut in history and a different world is born. The MACBA exhibition ‘Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls’ (Notes for an Eye Fire) welcomes us after the global reset with a new generation.”
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“Panorama is a new series of exhibitions at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) dedicated to contemporary art practices in, around, and from Barcelona. Curated by Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes, the first edition will open its doors on 22 October 2021 under the title Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire) after the recent poetry collection by Gabriel Ventura.”
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