Fiesta 4 puertas, 2001

Fiesta, 4 Doors, 2001
Media, 79.4 x 99.7 cm cm

Since the late 1990s and into the 2000s, globalisation and neoliberalism renewed art’s political perspective. In the artistic practices of the times, some of the conceptualisms of previous decades were updated, and body and action art were widely incorporated as a way of expressing contemporary malaise.

The work by the Basque artist Jon Mikel Euba epitomises the vision of that period. Although in other pieces he usually records performances involving various people, in Fiesta, 4 Doors he draws on the immediacy and visual strength of the language of multimedia. Divided across different screens, Euba projects a well-known greguería by Ramón Gómez de la Serna (1888–1963).

The genre is characterised by a short phrase with a biting social criticism and was invented by Gómez de la Serna himself, a notable writer and journalist of the Spanish avant-garde. Deployed in an installation, Euba transforms a textual material into a cinematic element. A simple change of scale and context lets him combine the text and the image of the text in a narrative system that also incorporates the factor of time, in which every new image negates the meaning of the previous one.

Technical details

Original title:
Fiesta 4 puertas
Registration number:
Euba, Jon Mikel
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
5 simultaneous slide projections
79.4 x 99.7 cm cm (height x width)
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
© Jon Mikel Euba, VEGAP, Barcelona
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