Interview with Gonzalo Elvira for the 2020 City of Palma Antoni Gelabert Prize for Visual Arts

The artist Gonzalo Elvira (Patagonia, Argentina, 1971) has been awarded the Ciutat de Palma Antoni Gelabert Award for Visual Arts 2020 for his Dream installation. Former recipients of this award include artists such as N.ria G.ell and Carles Congost. From RocioSantaCruz, we celebrate with emotion the recognition of Elvira, whose vision and sensitivity are a reference in the field of artistic creation.Elvira traces a journey through the ignote cartography of the dream.Somnis rescues stories of the fog, of this thick, infinite fog that is the unconscious. The artist took as his starting point the illustrations that Grete Stern, a German photographer, a member of the Bauhaus and exiled in Argentina, created for the magazine Idilli. The publication offered his readers a psychological consulting exercise of dream interpretation. The section soon became a sort of surrealist archive, a repository of mobs, desires, and contradictions, to which Stern accompanied with enigmatic illustrations.He would resurrect the voices of these women, he plunged into a maze of alien fears and longings to give them a new life. His compositions not only reflect the distorted reality of these stories, but give them new meanings, mixing the past and the present, the dream and the reality, the stroke and the word. In his own words, Dreams allows a “movement to certain phenomena that have recently taken place in the reality of the world that we’re living in.”The artist strips the illustrations of his original context and reproduces them on ancient maps: the woman who looks to the sky in “Ambition Dreams”, sitting on the American East; the woman who moves on to the palpentas in “The Geometry Dreams”, opening her way through Western Europe. In each image, a contained story, a voice that crosses time and space. For each of them, a piece of world.

ARCO E-xhibition: Jean Denant

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On the fence

The ARCOmadrid E-xhibition is presented as a virtual space, a kind of psychic representation that allows Jean Denant (Sète, France, 1979) to inscribe a mental cartography of his research.

La Traversée, a border work that separates the real from the imaginary, conscious and unconscious, represents a map of the Mediterranean in a polished stainless steel mirror, embedded in the wall, a living work that feeds and evolves with the passage of light and look.

Border between two worlds, La Traversée is the representation of reality that accompanies the archaeological traces of the artist’s passage, like men in the course of time.

Memory of exchanges in its waters, where Gauls and Romans were already fighting for the borders, a necklace of amphora rubble reminds us of the memory of exchanges between men found at the bottom of the seas.

Greek heroes have also passed through it and left their mark. The necklace of this Giant, as a vestige of mythological tales, tells us that it is in this geographical space where peoples mixed, shared their beliefs and invented their gods.

This Mediterranean, here presented as a continent, is also considered a border, sometimes as an insurmountable wall.

In Jean Denant’s work, everything is a question of construction and deconstruction, as in the Anarchitecture works that he also presents. This place, at the same time an intimate landscape that is being built and a real landscape that is being made, comes to set our gaze once again on the border, the passage from one state to another.

Like these drawings of landscapes in Palestine, the cradle of our civilization, drawings painted in cement on paper, which constitute the series États limites, in reference to this psychic organization “between two waters”, between neurosis and psychosis, which allows us to link this universal landscape, the center of our civilization, and an intimate landscape.

Jean Denant navigates between two waters in an attempt to express the fragility of the border issue, both physical and psychological, from a universal and at the same time unique point of view.

Text by Gaëlle Combes

Dies d’Artévete event: ‘Fotoclubismos: Barcelona – São Paulo. 1932 – 1964’ with Toni Ricart Giró

We share some images of what was the guided tour, with the presence of Toni Ricart Giró, through the exhibition  Fotoclubismos: Barcelona – São Paulo. 1932-1964, on the occasion of the Dies d’Artévete, on Friday, May 7. Toni spoke of the history, work and artistic and personal relationship of Marcel Giró and Palmira Puig, and of their belonging to the Fotoclubismo movement.

We want to thank Anna Pahissa and the entire ArtBarcelona team for organizing these days and for the initiative of this event.




IV Artist Book Award for Schools and Art Universities – ART BYBLIO

The Llotja Superior School of Design and Art in Barcelona announces the fourth artist’s book award for national schools. The aim of this award is to promote the production of artist books within the different Art schools. This modality covers a great variety of plastic languages ​​and artistic techniques. The objective of this award is to grow and contribute novelties while rewarding the exciting world of the Artist’s book.

This year, and coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the school’s collaboration with Japanese paper artisans from the city of Aoya, a special prize is being held for books made with Japanese paper. The quality, diversity, as well as the ideal printing of this paper, opens a wide range of experimentation within the book formats.

You’re able to see the winning editions of this year at the gallery from Monday 10th to Saturday 15th May or on the website of the Llotja Superior School of Design and Art in Barcelona

Photo: Cecilia Coca Peña

German Lorca (28 May, 1922 – 8 May, 2021)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of German Lorca (May 28, 1922 – May 8, 2021). Exceptional man, excellent artist and photographer. His death, at the age of 98, coincides with the inauguration today at the Moma in NY of the exhibition Fotoclubismo. Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946-1964 , where some of his most famous photographs are shown. We’ll miss you very much. Big hug for your whole family.

A Procura de Emprego, 1948-51

Rocío Santa Cruz and Germán Lorca at SP-Arte 2018

Menina na Chuva, 1952

Self portrait

The exhibition ‘Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946-1964’ opens at the MoMA in New York

This Saturday, May 8th, the exhibition Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946-1964, will be inaugurated at MoMA in New York. A spectacular retrospective of this artistic movement, curated by Sarah H. Meister and Dana Ostrander, where you could find photographs by Marcel Giró, Palmira Puig, German Lorca and Rubens Teixeira Scavone among others.

MoMA will reopen its doors with this exhibition that excites us so much and make us very proud of it as we had have the opportunity to collaborate deeply on it.

Therefore we’ve decided to extend the closing of our exhibition at the gallery, Fotoclubismos: Barcelona – São Paulo. 1932-1964, until Saturday, May 15th, so you will be able to come to visit it two weeks more.

Estudo. Palmia Puig. c. 1950

ARCO E-xhibitions #2: Fotoclubismos + Sergio Vega

In the second edition of ARCO’s E-xhibitions, we present a selection of photographs by members of the Foto Cine Clube BandeiranteMarcel Giró, Palmira Puig, German Lorca, Rubens Teixeira Scavone– who dialogue about the Brazilian vision and the architectural theme with the pieces by Sergio Vega in his series ‘Paraísos Perdidos de la Modernidad’.

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Montserrat Soto at the group exhibition ‘5 Fotógrafas en la Colección Banco Sabadell’

Montserrat Soto participates, along with Hannah Collins, Cristina de Middel, Isabel Muñoz and Mayte Vieta, in the exhibition 5 Photographers in the Banco Sabadell Collection, which will open on April 16 at the Banco Sabadell Auditorium (Alicante).

The artist presents the works of her series Infierno Ciego, which she presented in 2019 at RocioSantaCruz.

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