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LA TRADICÓN QUE NOS ATRAVIESA The Tradition That Runs Through Us featuring Greta Alfaro, Maria Coma and many more greats! right now in Barcelona

LA TRADICÓN QUE NOS ATRAVIESA

The Tradition That Runs Through Us featuring Greta Alfaro, Maria Coma and many more greats! right now in Barcelona

by Ancient Champion, Columnist
first published: February, 2022
How do we confront today the tradition that runs through us and wounds us?

La tradición que nos atraviesa
Centre d'Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona
Exposición
02.02.2022 - 01.05.2022

The Tradition That Runs Through Us
Centre d'Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona
02.02.2022 - 01.05.2022

Now through the beginning of May 2022, the Centre d'Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona offers the hegemony bashing or at least hegemony questioning The Tradition That Runs Through Us - featuring works from a plethora of art superstars including Outsideleft favourite, the great, Greta Alfaro.

Although part of a group show this time, Greta always chooses amazing and unique settings in which to showcase her work. Who can forget 2019s, I Will Not Hesitate To React Spiritually at the Roaming Room at Lambeth County Court, or 2016s Comedias a honor y gloria at La Sala La Gallera de Valencia. Blowing up wine with handguns in a former cockfighting arena. Do you wonder now why I think she is the greatest? Centre d'Arts Santa Mònica is an equally inspired location for this group show. All of the artists have created new work for the show. Greta’s video art, Narciso, is “Installed in dialogue with the cloister's arcades.” Greta says.

Enric Puig Punyet, Director of Santa Mònica writes: The original cloister of the centre – an architectural category that links pre-modern and post-digital creation – thus acts as a community resource, in which builders, together with the various active guilds, work collectively in exercises of liquid authorship. These exercises are resolved in exhibitions and experiential and participatory actions, open to the creativity of citizens through multiple mediations in the centre, in the street and online. The derived exhibitions and actions, therefore, are not anticipated as preconceived and pre-planned programming, but are understood as the results of multiple processes of genuine research, in which error and indeterminacy are always integrated.

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The Tradition That Runs Through Us seeks to address the world in a time of flux, as it ever was maybe, acknowledging a proliferation of critical revisions of our patriarchal, colonial and exploitative foundations, in so doing, our understanding of our place has also changed. We can no longer stop feeling the dominant cultures, which have marked our identities, as foreign bodies that violently pierce us.

How do we confront today the tradition that runs through us and wounds us? The works of the twenty artists here discuss this question with a set of critical readings of the traditions that have shaped us and continue to do so.

The mesmerising music artist, Maria Coma, brings her piece Bodylandscape, addressing the decolonisation of her body,  and it is simply audaciously daring in its form and content. "Com sonaria el paisatge de descolonitzar la meva veu i el meu cos? On és que la meva veu i el meu cos han estat colonitzats?" - Maria Coma.

Embedded here is an earlier piece from Maria, from the dawn of 2021. 

the show logo


Essential Info
Main Image: from Greta Alfaro's video installation, Narcisco
La tradición que nos atraviesa
Centre d'Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona
Exposición
02.02.2022 - 01.05.2022

Centre d'Arts Santa Mònica website
Greta Alfaro's Vimeo video channel
Greta in Outsideleft
Maria Coma on bandcamp

Ancient Champion
Columnist

Ancient Champion writes for OUTSIDELEFT, relentlessly records instrumental easy listening tracks, and is always completing the short story collection, Six Stories About Motoring Nowhere. More info at AncientChampion.com


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