Exposició Le Camion de Zahïa, conversations après le paradis perdu, Espai Zero 1, Museu Comarcal de la Garotxa, Olot, 2005 © Mireia Sallarès / Photo: Lisbeth Salas
Reality and its representation, reality and mediatisation, are some of the major issues with which we engage in art. The exhibition Invocable Reality explores possible perspectives on reality from art practices through a selection of works by artists from different backgrounds and generations.
We maintain a complicated relationship with reality. We live in a time of no reality, the prevailing rhetoric of distraction, the mechanisms of construction of reality, its mediatisation, fictionalisation and virtualisation. At the same time, there is a ‘passion for the real’, for the genuine, for that which is credible. Is there a reality outside our perception? Does it imply the affirmation of reality both in life and death? Is extreme violence the price we pay to unlock some layers of reality? Is our everyday a reality? Or does reality lie elsewhere? Can art have a bearing on reality? These are some of the questions posed by Invocable Reality.
The works in Invocable Reality approach reality in a subtle way. They start from the ‘here and now’ of the reality that the artists intend to ‘investigate and conquer’: incorporating fragments in the exhibition space (Roman Ondák), turning the gallery into a real space (Antonio Ortega), filming it (Lutz Mommartz, Jeremy Deller and Mireia Sallarès), trying to direct it (John Smith), looking for connections in space and time (Enric Farrés-Duran), influencing it (Núria Güell), showing the devastating effects of a mediated reality (Phil Collins), demonstrating the impossibility of its representation (Rafel G. Bianchi) or showing how we have turned death into something unreal (Jill Magid).
The exhibition Invocable Reality, which explores the different perspectives and complexities that art practices project onto reality, will open on April 10. Curated by Montse Badia, it includes a series of specifically commissioned works by artists such as Mireia Sallarès, Rafel G. Bianchi, Enric Farrés-Duran, Antonio Ortega and Núria Güell.
An itinerary with Enric Farrés-Duran
Lecture by Jean-Luc Nancy
A performance by Roman Ondák