Gerard Ortín’s project for Espai 13 explores the meaning of the boundaries that human beings set in order to counter the harmful effects of their activity on certain natural environments.
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.
22/09/2017 - 05/11/2017
17/11/2017 - 07/01/2018
19/01/2018 - 11/03/2018
23/03/2018 - 17/06/2018
29/06/2018 - 11/09/2018
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