Wednesday 18 February 2015, 6 to 9 pm
It's like a kind of Disneyland. Well, not exactly Disneyland…
By Mariona Moncunill
Disneyland, Catalonia in miniature, a botanical garden, a national park and a mock emergency are complex and hilariously games of signifiers and signifieds, of narrative, symbolic and utilitarian elements, that weave a discourse similar to that made by contemporary art.
The work of Mariona Moncunill revolves around conventions and the discursive construction of the analysis of the context in which she operates and in which her work is inscribed: a dense network of codes, rules and conventions that weave their own meaning and that the artist converts into her primary objective. This analysis allows her to extrapolate the construction of meaning and generation of value to other discursive fields: from the exhibition space to journalistic info-graphics, through the social work of a bank, the relationship with the audience, journalistic and social statistics, or the management of knowledge in a library.
The processes of negotiation and dialogue with all those involved are always an essential part of her work, though they are not always made visible. The play between reality and fiction, mimicry, infiltration, speculation, ambiguity and, above all, specificity are some of the distinguishing features of her work, which are often formalised in an aniconic way, hidden in the context.
Mariona Moncunill lives and works in Barcelona. She graduated in Fine Arts and has a Masters in Cultural Management from the Universitat de Barcelona and completed part of her studies at the Koninklijke Academie van Kunsten Beeldende, The Hague. Her solo exhibitions include Habrá que aceptar, además, que es lo que tenemos (Sala de exposiciones de la Diputación de Huesca, 2012), Menjadors (Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2012) and Especialització de la Biblioteca (Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona, 2010). She has participated in group exhibitions such as Manifest. L’art avui davant dels dubtes (Centre d’Art Fabra i Coats, Barcelona, 2014), Nonument (MACBA, Barcelona, 2014) and Still Light (Gallery Augusta, Helsinki, 2013), among others. She has received awards and fellowships such as the Premio Generación 2014 (2013), the Ramón Acín fine art scholarship (2011), the scholarship for the Creació Artística Fundació Guasch Coranty (2010), the Premi Miquel Casablancas (2008), as well as residencies at HIAP (Helsinki, 2013) and Rupert (Vilnius, 2013).