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Un segle Breu: Col·lecció MACBA

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Recent art has focused on the critique of economic relations governed by neoliberalism, globalisation and simultaneously has examined the human relations that are dominated by geo-politics and unequal distributions of power. In our transnational economy the open sea is an economic space for the mobility of material goods, but it is also a contested space fraught with social and political debate. While commodities travel aboard container ships with ease, the mobility of people is curtailed despite circumstances of persecution and violence. A stark linguistic and conceptual contrast is drawn between those who are designated economic migrants or refugees.

Artists have variously focused on the maritime economy through the transport of natural gas; the precariousness of the sea through the material remains of the migration crisis, reshaped into a parquet floor; or the interplay of capitalism, labour and politics through captions from news photographs that attest resistance movements worldwide against unjust economic policies, abuse of power and political repression.

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In his work , Colombian artist Marcos Ávila Forero investigates contemporary neo-imperialism. For the video Un pechiche para Benkos, he commissioned a handmade pechiche, a drum with which slave communities sent encrypted messages, and asked Congolese musicologist Émile Biayenda to tell a story, which concerns the journey of two migrants, using these ancient codes. The sound of the percussive drum creates a hypnotic effect that combines the experiences of the two men: one a historical figure and the other a modern migrant. They are identified as Camara Mwa Abdallaye, who tries to cross the contemporary Mediterranean hidden in a ‘cayuco’, and Benkos Biohó, a slave and leader of the first movement of Colombian emancipation, who died in 1622. Although they correspond to two different historical moments, the parallels show that the current migration phenomenon repeats and reproduces the experiences of past centuries. For both characters, hidden in the hull of the ship, the sound of the waves turns the boat into a resonant box.

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  • An artist who takes collective pain and human geographic journeys as his subject matter, Carlos Aires’ Mar negro is one of his most ambitious installations. It takes the form of a platform made with strips of wood painted in different colours and arranged like the herringbone pattern typical of ...

    Data
    2013
    Tipus d'obra
    Installation

    Carlos Aires recupera restes materials de la gran tragèdia humana que viu el Mediterrani per convertir-les en un objecte d’una gran eficàcia formal i conceptual.

  • Several works in the series Global Connections of David Goldblatt include a short explanatory text in the label. The text for this image is: "Depending on which way the wind is blowing, and courtesy of the El Prat municipality, citizens can lie here in comfort and watch planes arriving at or ...

    Data
    2007
    Tipus d'obra
    Photograph

    Com en altres treballs de l’autor, Goldblatt mostra les intervencions humanes en el paisatge, les construccions i estructures arquitectòniques, però també les decisions polítiques i les estructures ideològiques que les fan possibles.

  • The publication The MACBA Collection. Selected works presents 193 prominent works from the museum's holdings. The MACBA Collection, shaped by the various directors and curatorial teams, and characterised by its international vision, brings together specialised works and documents dating from the ...

  • The presentation is designed to tell the history of modern and contemporary art through the particular perspectives, politics and themes developed in the MACBA Collection since its inception. It is also a history presented specifically from the perspective of Barcelona.

  • In the subsequent spaces, the exhibition addresses the Spanish Civil War through the images and propaganda of the conflict, and the advent in the post-war era of a new generation of artists who through the divergent languages of abstraction explored the tensions and scars caused by the dictatorship. ...

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  • In this series of photographs, Teresa Margolles documents small altars placed under trees along the 40-kilometres between Culiacán and Playa Altata in Sinaloa, Mexico. Built by relatives and friends, the altars honour victims of violence who have died along this road, which is controlled by various ...

    Data
    2014
    Tipus d'obra
    Photograph

    La disposició de les imatges, en tres files de set, ha estat calculada: cada fila representa un tram de la carretera i cada tram pertany a un grup de narcotraficants. Tan perillosa com coneguda, aquesta carretera travessa el nord-oest de Mèxic. En les seves imatges, Margolles contrasta la simbologia de la mort que contenen els altars amb la força creixent de la vida que mostren els arbres.

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