The 2016-17 programme of exhibitions at Espai 13 presents six projects by artists who are working from the periphery of the usual circuits of contemporary art in Barcelona. They all address the issue of belonging to and breaking away from one's original artistic context.
The artists featured in the One Foot Out. Expeditions and Diasporas programme reflect on how working from a distance affects their art. They all share a liberated view of their surroundings and a working method that involes audience participation and approaches fiction and performativity. The programme offers a joint view of the artistic diaspora.
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.
Fiction is a Reality Yet to Happen is an essay-exhibition by Ana Garcia-Pineda that revolves around drawing and narrative, combining various concepts: the theory of possible worlds, the notion of truth in fiction, and the study of the real through the unreal.
By means of the selective manipulation of images, texts, sounds, and objects associated with the creation and transmission of knowledge, Nicolás Lamas opens up a critical debate on the collective mechanisms that shape common perceptions and generate our shared imaginary.
Plural Being. I am the Others, the Others are Me reflects the constant search for calm in a hectic society. Through a theme park scenario, the exhibition attempts to answer a series of questions about the times we live in, the things we yearn for, and the rewards we expect in return for our day-to-day efforts.
As part of the exhibition programme One Foot Out, Adrià Julià presents Hot Iron, a project based on a photographic archive compiled by Ramon Julià Alemany (1908-1994), who catalogued 556 Romanesque churches, most of them in Catalonia, between the 1950s and the 1990s. Using this archive as a springboard, Adrià Julià draws on extensive research and various conceptual strategies to explore the notion of transfer and the effects of the economic transactions involved in cultural imports and exports.
Fruit Belt explores the notion of the extreme domestication of nature through the natural respiration process of apples and a series of "post-harvest" technologies designed to delay the deterioration of fruit.