Europa arqueologia de rescat, 1989

Europe, Rescue Archeology, 1989
Media installation, Various dimensions

Along with one’s own body as material for experimentation, interaction with nature is another of the components articulating the projects of Francesc Abad. His is a broadly understood notion of nature, related to ideas of culture, civilization, barbarism and the past and present of Europe. Presented in Metrònom in 1989, Europa arqueologia de rescat is an installation that calls on all these considerations. As with other projects by the artist, the fragility of memory, the presence of the document and art understood as a form of collective knowledge are present at the heart of the proposal. In this case, the work sets off from Abad’s discovery of a forest cave in the Serra de l’Obac mountains near Terrassa, his hometown. The cave, which had been inhabited by humans, leads the artist to invent a possible alphabet of signs that refers to the origin of writing, along with vertical stones which evoke the earliest indications of solstices and other measurements of time, apart from their clearly sexual referents. A journey to a primeval era linking alphabets, calendars, magic ritual and sexuality.

Technical details

Original title:
Europa arqueologia de rescat
Registration number:
Abad, Francesc
Date created:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous
Object type:
Media installation
Various materials
Various dimensions
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
© Francesc Abad, VEGAP, Barcelona
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