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Aspiradora (Etnografia), 1973

Vacuum Cleaner (Ethnography), 1973
Painting, 164 x 110 cm
Although structured as independent pieces, Eulàlia catalogues these works under a unique denomination: Ethnographies (1972–74). While ethnography is a descriptive study of human practices, under Eulàlia's gaze it becomes a devastating analysis of the Western world and the values of the capitalist system. By using photographs taken from the contemporaneous media, she constructs collages where the images form critical associations that comment harshly on consumerism, violence, abuse of power and bourgeois values. The resulting work is a decalogue of the 'sins' and tricks of the capitalist way of life.
The series was exhibited for the first time at the Sala Vinçon, Barcelona, in 1973, and at Galería Buades, Madrid, the following year. For this first exhibition, Eulàlia introduced a photograph of herself among the other images in the series.

Technical details

Original title:
Aspiradora (Etnografia)
Registration number:
3777
Artist:
Grau, Eulàlia
Date created:
1973
Date acquired:
2009
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Painting
Media:
Photographic emulsion and anilines on canvas
Dimensions:
164 x 110 cm (height x width)
Edition number:
Proposta A
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Copyright:
© Eulàlia Grau, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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