From July 5, 2024, to January 12, 2025

Mari Chordà... And Many Other Things, presents the life and work of Mari Chordà (Amposta, 1942), which are inseparable. Approaching the career of this artist cannot be done from her work alone, which includes drawing, installation, sculpture (understood from the point of view of mobility), photography, poems and playful objects. Everything is closely linked with a personal commitment to feminism, the fight for women's rights and visibility, and activism.

The exhibition takes the title of her first book of poems, which was presented at the first Jornades Catalanes in 1976, to be followed by Quadern del cos i l'aigua, Locomotora infidel del passat, Umbilicals and the more recent No com un so. Her artistic work developed from painting and is closely linked to her poetic writing, raising questions about the body, pregnancy and motherhood, the expression of sexuality and bodily fluids, as a reaction to an oppressive and puritan society that concealed these issues.

In 1968, she inaugurated La Llar in Amposta, a place campaigning for cultural action and social demands. She was part of the group of women who created the Bar-Biblioteca la Sal in Barcelona in 1977, a recreational and cultural space where women would feel welcome and supported, and which gave rise to Edicions de La Sal. This publishing house did an extraordinary job of publishing works by women writers in different collections, from Catalan classics, to fiction, essays and poetry. Without forgetting the Agendes de les Dones (Women's Agendas), which appeared from 1978 to 1990, and were subsequently published by Les Pumas between 1996 and 2002. A feat that overturned the archetypal notions that have shaped and still shape the values of our society.

Her work and activism are an effort to transform the gaze and an appeal for action; to promote the recognition of women artists. Through her work, she believes it is essential to transmit and share pleasure, which she understands as a revolutionary and multifaceted element. Pleasure, play, reflection and action are aspects that she combines as forms of impact to fight for culture, territory and roots, and the role of women in society.

Artist

Mari Chordà

Curated by

Teresa Grandas