The Possibility of an Island

Espai 13

Exhibition program
The Possibility of an Island
Curated by
Alexandra Laudo

An island is a symbol of independence and self-sufficiency, but it can also be a place of segregation and confinement. It can evoke images of paradise, but also of self-contained tourist resorts. Historically, islands have been objects of colonial power, but also places for social and political utopias. Perhaps, above all, an island is a metaphor for a state of solitude, retreat and introspection.

The exhibition program The Possibility of an Island explores some of the symbolic and socio-cultural meanings that islands - those paradigmatic spaces in our collective imagination - have had over the course of time, with the aim of raising questions and reflections about these meanings that may be pertinent to our contemporary context.

Espai 13 is a pioneering space that hosts projects by emerging artists and freelance curators. Since 1978 it has produced shows of over 500 artists curated by young professionals keen to cut their teeth in a public exhibition space that has been a launch pad for artists, curators and cultural managers.

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In collaboration with:

  • Fundació Banc Sabadell


Non-Slave Tenderness

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The Odyssey

Bárbara Sánchez Barroso explores journeys as a metaphor for personal quests. The artist revisits the Odysseus myth with the aim of stripping it of all things epic or heroic, and relates it to a journey that she herself unfertakes by sea to retrace her own origins.

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I am vertical

Lisa Gideonsson and Gustaf Londré are two Swedish visual artists who have worked as an artistic duo since 2009 under the name Gideonsson / Londré. For Fundació Joan Miró’s Espai 13, they are preparing a project that explores the idea of verticality and the effects, both physical and psychological, that human beings experience at very high altitudes.

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