Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial International Art Exhibition 2017

Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial International Art Exhibition 2017

The 57th edition of the Venice Biennial International Art Exhibition is curated by Christine Macel, historian and art critic, curator since 2000 of the National Museum of Modern Art - Pompidou Center in Paris, where she is responsible for the Department of Contemporary Creation And Foresight, which she founded and developed.

"Viva, arte, viva" is the title chosen by Chrisine Macel for this edition of the Biennial with the aim of giving artists a leading role in the invention of their own universes and the injection of vitality in the world in which we live. The central axis of the Biennale is the responsibility of artists in a convulsive world like the present from a positive and innovative perspective. Innovation is represented not only by a selection of young artists, but also in an interest to rediscover those who are unknown to the general public for different reasons, because their time was not adequate to value them, because they died too early to develop a recognized career or because their work is within geographically less represented international areas such as Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe or Russia. Each week, during the six months of the exhibition, artists and the public participate in an open table (Tavola aperta) where they can eat together and discuss the artist's practice.

AC/E supports AECID in the organization and production of the Pavilion of Spain at the Biennial whose guest artist is Jordi Colomer with the project ¡Únete! Join us! The Spanish artist Jordi Colomer presents in the pavilion his exhibition project "Ciudad de bolsillo", curated by Manuel Segade. It is a "installation of installations" composed of a series of videos, sculptures and the space itself understood as a total but provisional architecture. The installation is organized from the central space with natural light, with the presence of models, prototypes, scale reproductions of these movements, which also incorporate objects used in actions recorded in video and that rhythm the ensemble of the pavilion.

In their totality they form a vision at different scales of a fragment of city susceptible of displacement and in precarious balance. The models will be made with painted tin modules and will be permanently shaken by high-powered fans, as in the continuous vibration of an excited city.

In the perimeter rooms a tour is organized that the viewer will be free to move in one direction or another. These spaces are articulated as a progression of sequences from two elements: projection screens with videos and a set of stands for viewing. Both the screens and the stands are structured in serial combinations that configure changing environments, from almost individual viewing to the large room with multiple screens of different sizes and steps to modular heights that will allow to offer diverse points of view.

AC/E also supports the the Spanish artists Antoni Miralda y Teresa Lanceta selected by Christine Macel to participate in the Biennial International Pavilion.

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  • Type: Exhibition catalogue
¡Únete! Join Us! is an “installation of installations“2 specifically conceived by Catalan artist Jordi Colomer and curated by Manuel Segade for the Spanish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial. When a title is directly addressed to the public a communication channel is thereby opened, awaiting an action as response: The imperative mode in “join us!“, addressed to each individual person, is not simply an appeal but truly expects something from the viewer. This bid for allegiance, in the hope that visitors decide to take part, goes beyond the decision to enter the exhibition hall: It is a relational expectation. The series of videos, the array of architectural structures and the plastic objects within the pavilion are textual mediations through which the social relationships at an international event of this level are partially articulated.

This catalogue includes the texts:
"The Coming Citizenry" by Manuel Segade
"Architecture and Its Double" by Bruce Bégout
"Construction Without End" by Manuel Cirauqui
"Little Magazines: Portable Utopia" by Beatriz Colomina
"Apparitions Theatre" by Andrea Valdés
"Jumping over walls A conversation between Francesco Careri and Jordi Colomer"

It also includes a selection of photographies and references to other projects and works by Jordi Colomer.