A Monster Who Tells the Truth

Espai 13

Exhibition program
A Monster Who Tells the Truth
Curated by
Pilar Cruz

Our knowledge and understanding of every aspect of existence have gradually evolved over the course of history. According to the philosopher Michel Foucault, one of the ways of controlling this knowledge is to divide it into disciplines, veritable structures of power that establish the limits of truth at any given moment in time.

The artists featured in this series question and push at the boundaries between disciplines in order to reflect on the dynamics of power that affect knowledge. Thus, art is presented as a powerful monster capable of pointing to the weak points in these boundaries: a monster who tells the truth or, at the very least, who points to the person telling it.

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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Exhibition series

From 21 September to 4 November 2018
Fito Conesa

From 16 November 2018 to 6 January 2019
Lara Fluxà

From 18 January to 24 March 2019
Vanesa Varela

From 5 April to 24 June 2019
Für Alle Fälle

from 5 July to 8 September 2019
Paco Chanivet

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In collaboration with:

  • Fundació Banc Sabadell


<p>Our Own Path Remains</p>

Our Own Path Remains

For his show in the Espai 13, Fito Conesa takes as his starting point the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s life and work - as well as crisis as a form of knowledge - and presents a musical piece of his own. The artist has built an acoustic shell, a cave for a sensorial experience that blurs the boundaries between artistic disciplines.

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The work presented by Lara Fluxà at Espai 13 mixes two materials with apparently opposite qualities. On the one hand, there is the transparency and supposed fragility of glass: solid, clear, clean and old. On the other, used motor oil: viscous, cloudy, toxic and associated with the consumer society. These two materials enter into a relationship where the fluid taxes and stresses the solid; clearness receives and contains darkness, and both elements force their rules on one another.

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Memory in Our Hands

Vanesa Varela takes the waist loom, a preindustrial tool, as her starting point for reflecting on modes of production, the concept of work and the generation and passing-on of knowledge. This ancient loom links the body of the weaver with nature and reconciles textile making with the human scale. By rejecting the industrial mode of production, it is the body, rather than an alienating and injurious method of manufacturing, that imposes its form and movement on fabric.

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