Art Madrid'24 – Masquelibros V Artist Book Fair

 

 

Is it an object? Is it a book? Is it a visual poem? Yes! and not! because it is all that and more, is the artist's book, a discipline strongly influenced by surrealism, collage-boxes, found objects of the Fluxus and conceptual art, and deeply rooted in the publishing world. The artist's book has become a hotspot in the landscape of contemporary creation and MASQUELIBROS has become the meeting point for artists, critics, fans and collectors of this genre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Asela Perez Becerril, director of the gallery Espacio Valverde and member of the MASQUELIBROS jury: "An artist's book is an infinite within another infinite, I like the metaphor of the uncertainty involved in creating something within the created. I value the seed from which the idea and manufacturing develops because, do not forget, a book mainly must be touched and seen".

 

 

 

 

MASQUELIBROS celebrates its 5th edition from 20 to 22 May in public library Eugenio Trias, at El Retiro park, with about 80 exhibitors and a full agenda of activities to bring the artist's book to all public and demonstrate the contemporary richness and versatility of this discipline. This year they have chosen Ana Vazquez-Anamusma (¡yes! our educator in children's workshops #ArtMadrid!) as Emerging Artist. She will present a selection of his work and will present two new pieces: "I am text" and "sell, exchange, Seeking "a participatory piece that will be setting the days before the show via Twitter and RRSS.

 

 

 

 

In addition, MASQUELIBROS shows the magnificent piece 'La Perfecta Casada', an installation of 19 meters long by Elena del Rivero (Valencia, 1952), currently one of the essential voices of national and international contemporary art and who has a particular relationship with the artist's book.

 

 

The fair is completed with a great program of parallel activities, conferences in collaboration with the Reina Sofia Museum, roundtables, workshops and master classes on editing and collage (thanks to the collaboration of miluca Sanz and the Madrid Association of Collage) and a selection of site-specific installations curated by Susana Blas, also part of the Biennial Miradas de Mujeres with a reinterpretation of feminism. Among the publishers present this year in MASQUELIBROS are NOCAPAPER, DUCKOUTMAGAZINE, CURATOR, BlankPaper, Libros del Zorro Rojo, Hilatina Editorial, Sopa Americana, Ed. Somrisas, Ediciones Deliciosas / Limited Edition ... but there will be also personal projects as Metafictions, by David Trullo .

 

Estel Boada. Courtesy of the artist.

INTERCESSIONS. PERFORMANCE CYCLE X TARA FOR WOMEN



Art Madrid celebrates its 19th edition from March 6 to 10, 2024 at the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles. During the Art Week, Art Madrid becomes an exhibition platform for national and international galleries and artists. With the intention of creating a space of expression for emerging artists, our fair has joined forces with the Tara For Women Foundation, which, in its mission to empower and strengthen talented women, becomes a collaborator of Art Madrid's renewed Parallel Program with the Performance Cycle: Intercessions X Tara For Women.

PERFORMANCE STAND, BY ME. ESTEL BOADA


Saturday - March 8 - 19:00h. Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles.



They say that in order to succeed, a stand has to be well located, innovative, tidy, have a good, clean and clear image, we can't let it go unnoticed, it has to stand out from the competition, generate curiosity and space for personal interaction. Well, after 19 years, the perfect stand has arrived, he doesn't know it yet, but it has been an exclusive creation to stand out at the fair.

Performance of Pfff Historia d'una Fitball. Documentation. 2023.

His name is Stanley, he is 19 years old and he is... human.

Stand, by Me is a performance that wants to address the responsibility and the position of an art fair stand in an ironic and burlesque way.

"Stanley", our main character, created to live and die at the fair, doesn't know what the outside is, but he knows all about the strengths and weaknesses of this mobile architecture.

Unlike his family made of plasterboard, wood, glass and PVC, Stanley is human matter and therefore feels different from the rest. He tries to be like the rest of the stands: smooth, straight, monotonous, silent... But it is impossible, he has to understand that his strength is his uniqueness.

Through a corporal and vocal exploration, she finds the way to express herself and communicate with others, generating curiosity, empathy and humor.

Stand, By Me. Documentation. 2024.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

ESTEL BOADA. Mataró, Barcelona, 1991

Estel Boada is a multifaceted artist who addresses past, present and future issues in an ironic and burlesque way. Trained in Fine Arts, her work includes design, drawing, performance, among others... After studying Fine Arts, she is interested in design, drawing, performance, space, collectivity and voice. Playing with humor, absurdity and trash, Estel always ends up talking in a burlesque way about her life as a frustrated diva. Her performances include "Kslkkda" (Virreina and Can Balaguer), "Vital el Musical" (Antic Teatre + NyamNyam), "Esperit de Clor" at MAC (Mataró), "El Hechizo" (Residencia #Ey!MAD), "De Kathedraal: historia de la construcción" (Nau Estruch) and "PERTÚ (la ofrenda)", awarded by BCN Producció-La Capella, among others. His performance "Stand, by Me" ironizes the responsibility and position of an art fair stand by personifying "Stanley", a human being in a context designed for material structures. The work highlights uniqueness versus uniformity in the art world.