Category Archives: Artists

Roni Horn and 19th FotoPres

Last Thursday and Friday we went to two fantastic exhibitions in CaixaForum.

Roni Horn and her Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake (phrase from The Book of Disquiet, a work that the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa began in 1913 and left unfinished on his death in 1935). It is the first retrospective devoted to this American artist who won the Joan Miró Prize.

I am fascinated by the possibility that a single entity can be plurality or multitude.

roni-horn

From – ‘Roni Horn aka Roni Horn: Subject Index” – Whitney Museum of American Art 2009

horn-structure-still-169

“Agua Viva,” detail, 2004. Production still from the “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 3 episode, “Structures,” 2005. Segment: Roni Horn. © Art21, Inc. 2005.

roni-horn-else-103

Pi and You are the Weather, are two amazing installations. In all these works, however, Horn interrogates the reality around her, her identity and her relationship with her environment.

The second exhibition was 19th FotoPres ”la Caixa”. New Documentary Image. There are ten exhibitions in one in the nineteenth edition of the competition.  Ten personal approaches to documentary photography that explore and extend the status of the image as a reflection of reality. The projects address different aspects of contemporary society: territory, peripheries, identity, violence, frontiers… using formats that go beyond the traditional image to embrace video, documentation, installation and interaction with the social networks.

”La Caixa” Foundation teamed up with the Magnum Photos agencies, whose photographers acted as mentors for the artists selected. The artists selected are: Arnau Blanch, Rebecka Bíró and Victoria Montero, Jon Cazenave, the group formed by Borja Larrondo, Pablo López-Learte and Diego Sánchez, El Cíclope Mecánico, Gerardo Custance, Mattia Insolera, Sebastián Liste, David Mocha and the NOPHOTO group.

Life is lived, not weighed

barbara-kruger-1

Barbara Kruger

We are going to take part in the contest “Life is lived, not weighed”, announced for the Comunidad de Madrid.

Pupils have to make up a poster of 45×32 cm where they reflect and think about  anorexia and bulimia with a sentence of 140 characters as maximum. The object of the contest is to encourage conscious, critical, and caring reflection about the prevention of eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia).

Here is the presentation about the issue by Lindsey Rowe, our assistant:

I would like to reflect about it with the work of some images from desmotivaciones web, advertisements and contemporary artists’ works.

Why does beauty canon change?

nefertiti amarna period

The Three Graces, by Peter Paul Rubens

The Three Graces, by Peter Paul Rubens

What is society saying to us?Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.56.10

Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.56.39

Right photograph by Kevin Carter

Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.56.21Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.56.31 Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.56.49   Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.58.34

What kind of values give some toys to the children?Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.56.57 Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.58.44Fashion

advert 1

  • Vanessa Beecroft, an italian artist who thinks about the lost of women identity in her performances. How does she do?

vanessa beecroft1vanessa beecroft2vanessa beecroft3

In her performances she shows “painted-up” girls who are dressed the same and all look identical to one another so that their individuality seems to fade away. In this way, presenting a ton of women who are very similar, quiet and unmoving, sometimes with blank expressions, the artist alludes to images that we already know about from different means of communication, such as images of fashion runways or scenes from films. The ideal beauty, to which all the participating models adjust, converts them in some moments into mannequins, into objects of fashion that do not have life of their own. (Via: Transversalia)

  • Martha Rosler: reflects on the consequences as much for men as for women of the excessive idealization of the feminine body. The woman becomes always an object of desire when she submits to the laws/norms of fashion and her body is classified inside the limits considered beautiful.

rosler_install

In this work, you can see different collages. She has arranged a large number of women cut out from erotic magazines. They represent male desires and all of them show ideal bodies and attitudes of seduction. By putting them on top of one another and stacking them in this way, Martha Rosler demonstrates the body and the flesh and ridicules in a certain way those prefabricated stereotypes that have converted them into consumable objects. She doesn’t criticize eroticism, but rather the commercialization of beauty.

 

  • Annette Messager: in this work she shows us the “rituals” that we subject ourselves to in order to make ourselves more beautiful.
Captura de pantalla 2014-10-14 a la(s) 20.57.19

Voluntary tortures (1972)

  • Ana Mendieta

ana medieta

ana-mendieta-would-have-liked-our-sweater (1)

  • Marina Abramovic
Abramovic-AMMB-spread

AMBB. Art Must Be Beautiful. Artist Must Be Beautiful.

marina abramovic early performance

  • Hannah Höck

hannah höch hannah-hoch_mischling

hannah hoch

  • Barbara Kruger

18visfea1

  • Orlan

Saint Orlan’s Reincarnation (1990)

  • Cindy Sherman

Cindy-Sherman-for-MAC-Fal-2011_thumb[2]sherman film still

  • Jana Sterback
flesh dress jana sterback

Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic