Al cistell, 2017

In the Basket, 2017
Photograph, 70 x 70 cm

Isabel Banal’s piece, In the Basket, from 2017, is part of a series in which an anonymous body is placed inside various everyday domestic containers, such as a carrycot, a bucket, a plastic fruit box and different types of baskets. In this case, the body picks up a basket, an object that invokes tradition, the countryside and peasantry, and which today has been relegated to folkloric status. It is a gesture that focuses the gaze on the weight that tradition has had in the development of Western cultures and on the fact that a good part of the work was done by women. The anonymity of the body in the image also portrays the forgottenness of the figure of the woman within a world – the rural world – principally associated with men and masculine roles. The tension generated by the body, faced with the impossibility of holding on, also generates a distortion when looking at it.

In the Basket addresses issues such as tradition and the preservation of the knowledge of yesteryear, such as ecology; climate change and the cycles of nature; and capitalism and postmodern society. It also touches on gender issues and the physical and emotional burdens of tasks ancestrally linked to women.

Technical details

Original title:
Al cistell
Registration number:
Banal i Xifré, Isabel
Date created:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
70 x 70 cm (height x width)
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council. Work purchased by the Barcelona City Council through MACBA for the ‘Call for submissions: acquisition of pieces for the promotion of creators of contemporary art’
© Isabel Banal
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