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.
Within the context of PUBLICS’ annual gathering Today Is Our Tomorrow in Helsinki, artist Laia Estruch and curator Irina Mutt will lead a workshop on October 8th, 2022, as part of this year’s programme focusing on the presentness of the voice in its many sonic forms, vocal modes and acoustic modalities.
This workshop culminates a series of encounters, part of Latitudes’ ongoing Parahosting at PUBLICS, that have taken place over the summer of 2022 in collaboration with PUBLICS Youth, an education initiative for Helsinki-based 18-21-year-olds.
Following a principle of a tour to bodies rather than to space, the sessions have encompassed new embodiments of Estruch’s “Ocells Perduts” (Stray Birds) (2021), a work originally produced for MACBA’s exhibition “Panorama 21. Notes for an Eye Fire”, curated by Latitudes and Hiuwai Chu, and supported by PUBLICS.
31 March 2022: Press trip to Córdoba on the occasion of “Abundant Futures”, the inaugural exhibition Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) organises in C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba, as part of their three-year-long collaboration agreement.
December 2021 cover story on www.lttds.org
“Antoni Hervàs’ La Meiers / La Mellers (2021) is a two-part artwork created for the exhibition Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls (Notes for an Eye Fire) (at MACBA, Barcelona, until 27 February 2022) and inspired by Barcelona’s Teatre Arnau.”
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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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With the participation of 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.
MACBA is launching a new series of exhibitions entitled “Panorama”, with a focus on contemporary art practices in and around Barcelona. With an emphasis on collaborative practices and presenting diverse perspectives, each edition of “Panorama” will be led by a different curatorial team, composed of a member of the MACBA team together with an independent curator or collective.
Occupying the entire top floor of the Meier Building, the first edition of “Panorama”, will open with the group exhibition “Notes for an Eye Fire”, curated by Hiuwai Chu (MACBA) and Latitudes. As the “notes” of the title suggests, this exhibition attempts to jot down, to lay out and to connect without seeking to be in any way definitive.
The group show is not driven by one overarching subject, yet the works on display weave together diverse and interconnected themes that have emerged from the curators’ studio visits and conversations with the artistic community, whether addressing the self-image of the city, notions of reparation and belonging, gender dissidence, or our relationship with non-human life.
“Notes for an Eye Fire” brings together works that have been specially commissioned for the occasion, along with recent productions—all being shown in Barcelona for the first time. It comprises a wide range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, video installation, performance, photography, and textiles, and is driven by a desire to defend and verify the making of on-site exhibitions as experiences that envelop us as whole sensing bodies in space.
The title, borrowed from a 2020 book of poetry by Gabriel Ventura, conjures up a powerful metaphor that provokes a questioning of the dominance of vision, urging us to explore an expanded definition of seeing that engages our other senses and entails new ways of navigating the world, of remembering and of producing knowledge.
This broader consideration of the sensorial in the exhibition has developed in parallel to an exploration of the conceptual and historical underpinning of the panorama itself. The word panorama was coined in the 18th century to describe vast 360-degree paintings housed in purpose-built cylindrical buildings. Looking out from a raised platform, the public enjoyed a commanding view that was nevertheless a disorientating visual experience. Long before the invention of cinema and the proliferation of screens that now characterises contemporary life for many of us, the panorama was the virtual reality headset of its time and became mass entertainment in Europe at a time when travel had not been possible due to the Napoleonic wars. Barcelona hosted three such panoramas during the Universal Exposition of 1888.
The circular form of the eye takes on a life of its own in the exhibition’s imagination, whether through projects that address theatre or performance, the spatial relationship between stage and auditorium, or the loop as narrative. Such perspectives and scales also encircle how the museum establishes a connection with its neighbourhood, and vice versa, in a time in which we are perhaps all questioning and seeing again what our own place in the world might be.
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The public programming around Notes for an Eye Fire will be a mix of in-person and online activities, from workshops, performances and events in the exhibition galleries to in-person and online conversations between participating artists.
The exhibition will also have an expanded presence on the museum’s website, which will feature a webpage dedicated to each artist with complementary material of varied formats related to their artistic practice and production. The website will be updated with new content throughout the exhibition period.
A publication, designed by Ana Domínguez, will be released in Spring 2022 and will include a conversation between the curators, a text by Gabriel Ventura, and texts about the participating artists, accompanied by reproductions of their work.
“Panorama” is an exhibition organised and produced by MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Its inaugural edition, “Notes for an Eye Fire” is curated by Hiuwai Chu (Head of Exhibitions, MACBA) and Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna), and coordinated by Berta Cervantes.
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↑ Robert Mitchell, “Plans, and Views in Perspective, with Descriptions of Buildings Erected in England and Scotland; and ... an Essay to Elucidate the Grecian, Roman and Gothic Architecture. (Plans, Descriptions Et Vues En Perspective, Etc.)”, 1801, London. Held at the British Library.