MAV FORUM 2015

"Less than 5% of the artists of any Modern Art section are women, but 85% of the nudes are female nudes", as denounced in 1989 the collective Guerrilla Girls. In the two centuries of history of the Prado Museum never a woman has held the position of leadership. In the last ARCO international fair less than 5% of the exhibited art works were made for female Spanish artists.

 

Imagen de las Guerrilla Girls

Given the unstable and unequal status of women in the international scene, the association Women in the Visual Arts (MAV) has decided to conduct an innovative initiative to talk about the prejudices they face women in the art world. This initiative will be held on a biennial basis. It is the FORUM MAV, a forum of reflection to analyze the unequal status of women in the Spanish art scene with a full program of panel discussions and various activities to be held on May 23 in Ca la Dona, Barcelona, and in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid from 28 to 31 May.

Among the proposals promoted by the MAV Forum 2015 (FM15) include: Open Studios, organized visits to the studios of the artists members of MAV; the Best Practices Book for Equality and Visibility of Women in the Visual Arts, as an open call for proposals for recipes and illustrations for the publication of a collective book; and the convening of pieces of audiovisual format to respond to the question What feminism? These proposals will be screened on the day of delivery of the MAV Awards.
 
The first stage of MAV Forum 2015 will be on May 23 in Barcelona. in the space of Ca la Dona (C / Ripoll, 25), with the collaboration of Valentina Montero (historian and art critic) and Susana Guardiola (director, screenwriter and film producer), among others. From 28 to May 31, 2015 MAV Forum will move to Madrid. On Thursday 28 will start with a visit to the workshops of the artists through Open Studios, along with lectures and discussions throughout the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
 
During those days, representatives of various national and international associations as well as artists, researchers, reviews and cultural managers will meet to analyze the obstacles, challenges and demands of a democratic culture in equality. The events will be accompanied by tours around the city in key feminist. On Saturday the series of meetings with a conference Amelia Valcarcel, State Councilor and Vice President of the Royal Board of the Prado Museum will be closed. Finally, on Sunday at 12h will be the delivery of MAV Awards 2014 at the Cineteca Matadero.
 
 
MAV, Association of Women in Contemporary Visual Arts, is a group of professionals in the field of visual arts in Spain: artists, critics, collectors, curators, designers, teachers, directors of public institutions, managers, editors, researchers, gallery specialized journalists, lawyers, etc ...
 
MAV develops its own initiatives to the visibility of women in the visual arts as the magazine M-art and visual culture, specializing in art criticism from the perspective of gender, Miradas de Mujer Festival, which since 2012 promotes exhibitions and various activities ; MAV Forum, from 2015 biennially hosts debates and meetings for reflection; MAV Awards, held since 2010; Arts Education workshops for Equality MAVeducaLAB; and the publication of reports and publications.
 
MAV was launched on May 9, 2009 at a meeting held in La Casa Encendida, Madrid. It currently has over 400 members spread throughout the Spanish territory .

 

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.