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Moat-1, 2016

Moat-1, 2016
Installation, 180 x 250 x 350 cm

Laia Estruch uses children's playground structures from the 1960s and 1970s to deploy an experimental performative practice around the body, her own movement and the voice. The Moat series, named after the water course surrounding castles and fortifications, is based on the different structures and typological forms of children's playground equipment designed by the artist herself; forms that evoke circularity, the notion of a ball and the type of climbing frame found in playgrounds at the time. The artist activates her iron structures, literally, through an exploration of exercises involving corporal and vocal acts that allow her to explore the behaviour, gestures and body movements in the playground architecture of the twentieth century. A flexible structure which, as Estruch points out, ‘acts at the same time as stage, score and archive’.

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Estruch, Laia
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On display
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
Enameled iron
180 x 250 x 350 cm (height x width x depth)
Meier Building, Level 1
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’
© Laia Estruch
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