The installations, videos, sculptures and sound works of Lydia Ourahmane address contemporary issues such as migration, colonialism and geopolitics.
Inhabiting, gathering, sharing, being permeable..., these are all qualities that infuse the site-specific project108 Days by Lydia Ourahmane (Saïda, Algeria, 1992) in the Museum tower. The title refers both to the days the exhibition is open to the public and to the number of participants who have been invited by the artist to engage with the space during this period.
108 Days carries an extended city context into the Museum by foregrounding individuals or collectives who form part of its social landscape. These guests have been specifically chosen by Ourahmane, who has lived in Barcelona since 2021. The space is not occupied by any finished artwork, or objects, but by what each participant deems urgent and incisive, with the aim of promoting critical dialogue and exchange with the space, the institutional framework and whoever enters and spends time in it. With this work, the artist presents a significant alteration to the way the Museum normally operates, firstly by leaving this gallery space empty, aside from those elements necessary for the performance of any foreseeable task, and secondly by interpreting the Museum's commission to produce an artwork by inviting 108 participants. The trust between the artist, the institution, the guests and the audience is what lends significance to the work.
Like many of her projects, 108 Days relates to the artist’s immediate surroundings and engages with the social, political and experiential, while being invariably rooted in personal histories and experiences, whether individual or collective.
Ourahmane’s praxis poses the following questions: How can the institutional structures and parameters that define contemporary societies be defied? How can vigilance and the impositions of bureaucracy be overturned? How can artworks involve active and effective protests? Through these inquiries Ourahmane brings the personal into the political field and the domestic into the field of history.
7:30 - 9:30 pm: The start of a new thing, a reception, a welcoming.
Samira Badran, Comunitat Palestina a Catalunya, Raya Ziadeh & Hala Marsood
We are not numbers
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm: An on-going performance.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: A panel discussion addressing the issue of Palestine under occupation and settler colonialism that wants to foster meaningful discussions and in-depth analysis of the ongoing situation in Gaza and throughout Palestine.
Bayan Abu Nahle
يوميات تحت العدوان. بيان ابو نحله Diaries under attack
11:00 am - 5:00 pm: A young artist from Gaza captures the harshness of daily life through her drawings, writings, and photographs. October - November 2023.
Juan Villegas Antequera
Una noche en Manila
1:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 6:30 pm: A sentimental cabaret memoir narrated by Manila Montiel, a resident of Chinatown. Immerse yourself in the chronicle of her steps, struggles and exploits as an artist, cross-dresser, star and former glory of the off-Parallel between the years 1977 and 1980.
Victor Ruiz Colomer
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Can we talk of space making as a practice? Can we talk about it under specific methodologies? If there is a method, will potentiality have a measure, a performance?
Antics orfes de la casa de la Caritat
Lunch as every Thursday at Bar Victoria
11:00 am - 2:00 pm: An audio recording of the former orphans of La Casa de la Caritat in their weekly lunch meeting at Bar Victoria, Raval.
Inspiración en el museo
The flamenco guitarist takes his recording studio to the museum to experience live the processes of musical creation through improvisation. Two hours of research open to the public.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Live session
1:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Playback of the session
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: For the last four years, the street has been Dacosta's workplace and the trolley his main tool.
Sindillar / Sindihogar
Stitches of rebellion and memory
11:00 am - 7:00 pm: The Sindirebels were born as a result of the subversion of the established, in the face of the multiple oppressions that affect us. Over the years they have been transformed, allowing them to create new dynamics for the construction of knowledge and collective support.
Joan Anton Maragall & Garikoitz Cuevas
Behind the artwork, who lives there?
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Joan Anton Maragall and Garikoitz Cuevas have known each other for more than 20 years. Gallerist and artist talk about the challenges of an artistic career once the emerging stage is over.
11:00 am - 7:30 pm: Today I will not be working for this museum. Today I will be working for myself. I will inhabit a space in which I consume my time and energy in an (un)productive way.
Isabel Arance Santalucía
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: A dialogue with the Tarot cards through the mediation of Isabel, who takes her consultation to the museum tower.
Fernando Ramirez Abella & Gianmarco Alegria
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Experimental percussion from Peru and Uruguay.
Marta Moreno Muñoz, Extinction Rebellion, Scientist Rebellion, La Cultura Declara la Emergencia, Futuro Vegetal, End Fossil, Lillo Gutiérrez & Neus Crous-Costa
11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Screening of The Walk by Marta Moreno Muñoz. 35 min.
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Open discussion about civil resistance and non violent direct action in the face of the climate, ecological and civilization crisis.
5:00 pm - 6:50 pm: Launching of the new platform of cultural climate activism La Cultura Declara la Emergencia. Round table: 2020: The Walk + La Cultura Declara la Emergencia + Debate with Marta Moreno Muñoz, Mayte Lillo Gutiérrez and Neus Crous-Costa (XR / RC / La Cultura Declara la Emergencia).
6:50 pm - 7:30 pm: Film screening: The Walk (2023, 35m).
Always crashing on the same car
Davant el que ell anomena la impossibilitat de l'escriptura, Toni Junyent es proposa passar unes hores davant del foli en blanc, en viu des de la torre del MACBA, per després explicar-nos, en clau de monòleg desendreçat, qui és, d'on prové i per què no ha acabat encara aquest llibre en què sempre diu estar treballant.
7:00 pm: Monologue.
Ask a curator
11:00 am - 7:00 pm: I’ll be working from the Tower this day and will be happy to answer any questions about the museum, discuss work, or simply engage in conversation.
11:00 am - 7:30 pm: Photographs of sex workers, clients and their world, that are part of an infinite, artistic and political project seeking to make visible the beauty and the resistance necessary to fight against stigma, criminalization and violence that those who practice sex work suffer daily worldwide.
ASIA + Juaki Pesudo
love theme I
11:00 am - 3:00 pm: The music and paintings revolve around love. A piece that lasts two days and that swells and grows...
Juaki Pesudo + ASIA
love theme II
11:00 am - 7:30 pm: ...playing until the body can hold.
11:00 am - 7:30 pm: Artistic installation engaging a collective elaboration of multiple contemporary traumas in a setting of composite temporality.
11:00 am - 7:00 pm: Raval soundtrack compiles songs listened by the Muslim community of the Raval neighbourhood in Barcelona. The music session will play inside the tower throughout the day leading up to the longest night of the year. With thanks to all those who generously contributed to this compilation.
Mi cuerpo somos todas
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm: How to build an idea of intimacy, subjectivity and freedom when your hands are those of others?
11:00 am - 8:00 pm:A display of flags.
Álex Alonso Viola
The expression of the world
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Sculptures on hardship.
Beer Weed Food Las Vegas
11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Beer Weed Food Las Vegas
11:00 am - 7:30 pm:Zumzeig presenta: veCINES, de Laboratorio ReversibleZumzeig Cinecooperativa programmes the winning short film of the first edition of CO-, the festival promoted by the cinema to showcase films whose production and methodology are declaredly collective and collaborative.
Memory of the Land, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm: A 13 minute video animation on the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Entelequies of heat
1:00 pm - 6:30 pm: This event follows the logic set by 108 days, extending Lydia Ourahmane’s invitation by bringing in other voices. Putting together a series of texts chosen (and occasionally written) by his friends who have a shared experience of migration. The activation consists of a reading, a simple ritual made of borrowed self-portraits.
Noela Covelo Velasco
next round of the lighthouse
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Vocal participation.
what to end again
10:00 am - 3:00 pm: A gathering, end of year 'burning' ritual.