CASA FALCONIERI, CONTEMPORARY ENGRAVING AT ART MADRID'18 ... AND AWARD!

Casa Falconieri, institution specializing in the research of contemporary engraving, will be at Art Madrid with a selection of artists in a true stamping marathon. And they bring a reward!

Founded in the late 80s in Cagliari (Sardinia) as a platform for experimentation and research, Casa Falconieri promotes the international diffusion of contemporary art, especially contemporary engraving and printing. They works with the main international research centers, national and private museums, with the national chalcography, with the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, National Calcography of Madrid, Estampa, Bologna Setup, Italian University and the Accademie di Belle Arti, and this year is one of the guests at Art Madrid'18.

Atelier Casa Falconieri

Casa Falconieri visits the fair with a large group of Sardinian artists: Gabriella Locci, Roberto Puzzu, Antonio Mallus, Rosanna Rossi, Adelaide Lussu, Anna Saba, Alberto Marci, Veronica Paretta, Veronica Gambula, Andrea Spiga, Mauro Rombi, Paolo Marchi, P & B , Francesco Alpigiano, Vicenzo Grosso, Veronica Fadda, Angelino Fiori, Giovanna Secchi, Salvatore Ligios, Paola Dessy, and editions of Simonetta Castia. During the five days of the fair and continuously, these creators will make their work available to the public to teach, explain and help to know how the engraving technique works. A printing machinery that matches perfectly with the ideals of Casa Falconieri and its work of disseminating the work on paper. With them, with their work, they reflect the evolution of an art sector in continuous development and symbiosis with sister disciplines such as photography, the artist's book, the work on paper... with the ultimate desire to change the vision that many have on the graphic art and printmaking, an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Atelier Casa Falconieri

During the fair, the "Book of Artist - Casa Falconieri / Art Madrid" Award will be granted to one of the participating artists in this 13th edition. It is an artistic residence conceived as a 15-day experimentation workshop at Casa Falconieri Laboratory located in Sardinia, for the prize-winner to create graphic work or an artist's book. A trip to the cultural and artistic heritage of the area, a meeting point with other artists, each with its origins and its histories, to develop new projects together. It is about sharing experiences but also about carrying out a personal investigation on the transformations of the artistic creation sector, its relationship system, in search of new more sustainable and human methods.

A committee formed by professionals from Casa Falconieri and Art Madrid will choose the winner among the artists participating in the fair whose object or motive is the work on paper in its different forms. The award will be granted on Sunday 25th at 6pm, in the stand D1 of Casa Falconieri.

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.