Marc Vives

Marc Vives is a versatile artist, educator and cultural producer. His exhibition Es que ahora no puedo (2018) grew out of a self-imposed daily routine of swimming out from Barceloneta beach to align himself with Montjuïc hill in an attempt to communicate with it. He transposed these experiences into a series of candid and intimate one-to-one recitals and the redemptive act of stripping the floor of the gallery. Over the following years this led to a series of photographs, drawings, video and audio, together with Vengo cada día por si acaso (2019), a performative tour of the Club Natació Barcelona. Performing with a range of manmade instruments and natural objects such as a conch shell, Vives and Laia Estruch staged Cantar l'aigua (2020) in a former water treatment plant. Following the natural path of water, they led the audience down from the surface to the cavernous underground tanks.

Marc Vives studied fine arts at the Universitat de Barcelona (2001). From 2002 to 2012 he was one half of the artist duo Bestué-Vives. His solo exhibitions include Es que ahora no puedo, etHALL, Barcelona (2018), and he has participated in a number of group shows and festivals, including Festival Sâlmon, Barcelona (2021); La cuestión es ir tirando, Centro Cultural de España, Mexico City (2020), and Festival Grec, Barcelona (2020). Since 2013 he has codirected GRAF.cat, a platform for contemporary art programmes in Catalonia. From 2014 to 2017 he led the residency programme at L’Estruch, Sabadell.

I’d really like to think that the artist could be just another kind of material in the picture, working in collaboration with all the other materials.
Robert Rauschenberg