ESPAGNE - Mela DAVILA-FREIRE

Conservatrice, Musée Reina Sofia, Madrid.


LAIA ESTRUCH

A SELECTION OF VOCAL ESSAYS /14

2016, Self-published

www.laiaestruch.com

2014-2015

 

A Selection of Vocal Essays consists of an agglomeration of vocal essays, based on the obsessive reading of an English book from 1919, of unknown title and author. The book on which / fu: d / is based is one of such devices: an old, extremely thick book which she used to see at home and considered some kind of “fossil” from older times. In her practice, Estruch often strives to bring back to live these archival devices by means of her own voice, pushing them into the realm of orality and sound. In this process of translation, her performances combine elements from monologues, spoken poetry, dance and music, placing her in an intermediate position where she can underline the sculptural features of performance.


ORIOL VILANOVA

WITHOUT DISTINCTION /15

2016, Daviet-Thery

www.daviet-thery.fr

Prix : 15 €

 

Museums generally use display cases as a neutral presentation format that is pushed into the background, so that full justice is done to the objects they contain. In the pictures, they are shown for what they are, an arrangement of display cases from different museums and institutions from Belgium. The subsequent artist’s book that Vilanova produced was based on the idea of subversion of modes and conventions. Thus, the cover of Without Distinction became transparent and was printed with the very element that is usually most hidden at the back of art catalogues, that is, the list of works, while the objects displayed on the inside pages were not precious objects, but rather their museum containers: vitrines.


FRANCESC RUIZ

FAHRENHEIT 451'S COMIC /16

Lauréat ex aequo 2017

www.captures-editions.com

www.francescruiz.com

Prix : 15 €

 

Fahrenheit 451’s Comic est un exercice de reconstruction de l’un des accessoires du film Fahrenheit 451 de François Truffaut (1966), adapté du roman éponyme de Ray Bradbury. Il s’agit de la bande dessinée, sans texte, que Montag, le personnage principal, feuillette quelques secondes au début du film. Francesc Ruiz a reconstitué le journal à partir de collectes d’images, les illustrations originales de la bande dessinée visible dans le film et des images provenant de rushes du tournage. Il associe ces premières recherches à un travail d’enquête sur l’auteur présumé du journal et sur l’univers de la bande dessinée britannique de l’époque marqué par la parution au sein du Daily Express, de comics strips ayant James Bond pour héros, conçus par John McLusky puis par Yaroslaw Horak. Cette investigation nourrit la composition et le style inspiré des deux dessinateurs. D’autres vignettes, de conception originale, sont introduites pour évoquer des thèmes liés au film et au roman dans un style narratif non linéaire où il est également question de censure, de surveillance et d’autodafé. Au-delà de cet exercice de reconstruction subjectif, Francesc Ruiz interroge le statut de la bande dessinée comme moyen de communication de masse, détourné dans la dystopie de Ray Bradbury, qu’il situe au même niveau que la pornographie 3D ou la télévision murale.

XOAN ANLEO

ALGUNOS TITULOS DE EXPOSICIONES INDIVIDUALES /17

2016 Éditeur: Salgada Edicions

www.xoananleo.com

Prix : 15 €

 

In contemporary societies, communication has a radically mediatic character. What does one mean when the title for an exhibition is chosen? Can we ever deduce from an exhibition’s title the meaning of the exhibited works? This project results from the collection of titles which have been mechanically collected from sources such as the Internet, catalogues and other documents. These titles have been then organized according to a numerical structure that, in itself, does not have any meaning. Exhibitions related to feminist and queer art, Aids and Latin American art prevail over shows devoted to other topics. The process, as it were, has materialized in a collection of fragments of memory whose meaning has no informative value at all, but only entails the promise that the works in each show will have a given aesthetic value.