Phenomena of Absence
David Ortiz Juan, Elida Høeg, Rosanna del Solar, Hugo Hemmi
Curated by BAR project in the framework of BAR TOOL #1
29 June to 22 July
Opening on Thursday 28 June at 19.00
Contemporary Art Centre of Barcelona - Fabra i Coats
Thursday, 28 June at 18.30 Exhibition presentation by the artists
Phenomena of Absence reveals four anthropomorphic methodologies – from archaeology to journalism, curating and art – for approaching the unrealistic: that which verifies the corporeality of the absent body. Based on oral and visual sources and on data about ancestors, our own neighbours and society in general, the artworks and arrangements highlight a physical, cognitive and organizational analysis.
David Ortiz Juan works on the idea of the phantom as a social figure in relation to the history of Spain and those who disappeared during the civil war; Elida Høeg focuses on issues that have to do with the loss of privileges in the public spaces of cities, with a special interest on sound and noise; Hugo Hemmi returns to his origins to interview his grandmother, a daughter of Spanish emigrants to France, and to try to learn more about a story almost always hidden and barely revealed; and Rossana del Solar proposes an essay on the importance of documenting stories, in this case relating the Soviet context to the Peruvian context, looking for similarities and differences in the historical construction of both countries in relation to the transition from dictatorship to democracy.
This exhibition study presents the projects that David Ortiz Juan, Elida Høeg, Rosanna del Solar and Hugo Hemmi have developed throughout the practical training programme in visual arts BAR TOOL #1. BAR TOOL is a practical training programme articulated around research, production and presentation processes. Furthering interdisciplinary forms of thought and action, the programme is aimed at participants from different fields of knowledge with artistic and non-artistic practices. Over nine months an environment of hospitality is fostered, in which the circulation of knowledge occurs through conversation and action, in a generational and epistemological convergence. BAR TOOL highlights the practical knowledge that has, to date, guided the practice of BAR project. The programme focuses on generating a context of professional exchange through "practical discussions" and "theoretical workshops" with local and international tutors and a list of guests, visits and meetings tailored to the interests of the participants.
BAR TOOL #1
A nine-month practical training programme
October 2017 - June 2018
Created by BAR project
In collaboration with Fundació Antoni Tàpies and the Art Factory of Barcelona - Fabra i Coats
TOOLests (participants): David Ortiz Juan (ES), Elida Høeg (NO), Rosanna del Solar (PE), Hugo Hemmi (CH)
Mentoring by Veronica Valentini, Andrea Rodriguez Novoa, Juan Canela (curators of BAR project) and tutorials with international creators including: Eva Rowson, Simon Asencio, Adriano Wilfert-Jensen, Aimar Arriola, Osias Yanov, Angel Calvo Ulloa, Emily Pethick, Susan Gibb, Nuria Güell, Aimar Pérez Galí, Ericka Florez, Martín Legón, Daniel Steegman Mangrané, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Philippe Pirotte, Jordi Ferreiro, etc.