Panorama: a wide view from a fixed point

Cover Story, July–August 2021
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.

Ana Domínguez’s visual identity for the series takes the word panorama—a portmanteau of the Greek pan (“all”) and horama (“view”)—and runs with it, allowing it to playfully scythe across screen and page in a series of black-and-white switchbacks and arabesques.

Poet Gabriel and graphic designer Ana are two of the seventeen participants (including duos and collaborations) of Notes for an Eye Fire, and we are delighted that the full list is finally public: Ana Domínguez, El Palomar (Mariokissme & R. Marcos Mota), Laia Estruch, Arash Fayez, Antoni Hervàs, Rasmus Nilausen, nyamnyam (Ariadna Rodríguez & Iñaki Álvarez) with Pedro Pineda, Claudia Pagès, Aleix Plademunt, Marria Pratts, Stella Rahola Matutes, Eulàlia Rovira, Ruta de autor (Aymara Arreaza R. & Lorena Bou Linhares), Adrian Schindler, Rosa Tharrats, Gabriel Ventura, and Marc Vives.

With many ambitious new projects in progress since last summer, the show attempts to question the dominance of vision, and to vindicate the exhibition ritual as a direct in-person sensory experience that engages new ways of navigating the world, of remembering and of producing knowledge.

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