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Translacions. Herba flotant al mar [Documentació de l'acció realitzada el novembre de 1973 a Premià de Mar, Espanya], 1973

Translations. Grass Floating in The Sea [Documentation of the Performance Carried Out in November 1973 in Premià de Mar, Spain], 1973
Photograph, 37.8 x 57.8 x 2.7 cm
In the early seventies, following on from Arte Povera, the actions of Fina Miralles developed as a reflection on the materiality of nature. Most of her work was based on the dialectic between nature and artifice through a change in the context of physical elements. The Translations series documents some of the actions performed in November 1973. On a beach in Premià de Mar, Miralles set grass floating on the sea: the grass, which had been grown in Sabadell, was cut and transported in turves of 40 x 40 cm. The flotation lasted about three hours. Miralles kept the images of the action in a box- suitcase in a reference to the emblematic Boîte-en-valise by Marcel Duchamp. Another work in the series was done in Sant Llorenç del Munt, where the artist ‘planted’ herself in the ground as if she were a tree, until she was buried up to her knees, as it is shown in the documents displayed at the vitrine.

Technical details

Original title:
Translacions. Herba flotant al mar [Documentació de l'acció realitzada el novembre de 1973 a Premià de Mar, Espanya]
Registration number:
0505
Artist:
Miralles, Fina
Date created:
1973
Date acquired:
1997
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
Object type:
Photograph
Media:
C-Print
Dimensions:
37.8 x 57.8 x 2.7 cm (height x width x depth)
Credits:
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. National Collection of Art
Copyright:
© Fina Miralles
It has accessibility resources:
No

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