Art Madrid'24 – Teresa Lanceta Middle Atlas tapestries in La Casa Encendida

 

 

The artist Teresa Lanceta (Barcelona, ??1951) grew - artistically - surrounded by the avant garde and the conceptual art of the 70s and felt that, among so much individuality and depth, lacked some attachment to the land, some sort of orality, some skin... She started weaving as an investigation in this original code that connects groups around the world and of all time, while allowing a creative and formal freedom without limits, connected with the traditions, with ecology, with crafts and a "collective way to create, beyond personal genius "stresses the artist herself.

 

 

 

 

It was in 1995 when she discovered nomadic women weavers of the Middle Atlas. "I was shocked. There I saw an extraordinary, quite creative and vivid language. I had spent many years weaving ... and suddenly I found genuine partners, "said Lanceta. "I believe in the absolute universality of art and these people and these techniques give meaning to my conception of artistic creation and transmission capacity of language," she adds.

 

 

 

Thus It was born "Adiós al Rombo", the exhibition that we can enjoy until September 18 at La Casa Encendida of Madrid, a collection of rugs, pillows, blankets, coats, ... tissues that in their silence speak of ancestral tradition of gatherings of women narrating the history of their people. Her approach to tissue focuses on the formal elements in what each tissue is original and own, its repeating patterns, its code; while each tissue speaks about stories, lived experience... The tapestries, explained in the text by the curator Nuria Enguita, "transcend their decorative purpose or its symbolic function: they are part of a lifestyle and ancestral knowledge, and as display for their ornamental and artistic power. "

 

 

 

 

"Adiós al Rombo" collected works of her two previous exhibitions and includes tapestries, paintings, drawings, text and a series of videos made from interviews with women in the region or family migrants in Spain. 

 

 

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.