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. 

 

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.