Jorge Pérez Higuera
In the present Aquí y Ahora fifth edition and under the slogan “Reveal and Rebel”, there is a participation of several artists. Among them, we can find the Japanese Emi Anrakuji. It is the first time she exhibits her work in Spain. We have also pieces of art from the Moroccan Yassine Chouati or Santiago Sierra. Besides, the rest of the authors show extremely interesting proposals, which develop their lines of investigations from different formal and conceptual fields.
Apparently, these proposals seem to be random; however, they configure together a complex puzzle or atlas of creative processes. These processes interact among them to form whether a mesh or a net, as if it were a structure in process or change. It is out of the question that they contribute to form the basis or pillars of our actual thinking, which is determining out mental and emotional landscape.
This is the way how Aquí Y Ahora is conceived as a constant work in progress, a process of adding up all the contributions of the authors. Each edition is an enrichment and compilation of this vision of reality, which is apparently fragmented. Nevertheless, it corresponds to a fluid and continuous knowledge that involves everything.
Aquí y Ahora.
In this 5th edition of Aquí y Ahora, we continue with a strategic position from a social and political perspective. The aim is to manifest the real utility, application, use and functions of the investigation inside the contemporary creation field. We have chosen the theme “Revelar y Rebelar”.
These two words are homophones, which mean that their pronunciation is the same. They differ in the way they are written.
To reveal means to discover or manifest something that was ignored, hidden or secret at that time. As an example, we can reveal clues, signs…In its pronominal form in Spanish (revelarse), to be revealed can acquire the meaning of showing up and bringing to light something latent, which was hidden and unnoticed.
To rebel means to resist or rise against some authority, control, or tradition. In its pronominal form in Spanish (rebelarse), to rebel is equal to stir up, to refuse some habits or orders. The rebellion is conceived as a certain and profound convincement of change and civil disobedience.
Due to these two meanings, we have proposed a new word that combines both functions of v and b (revelar and rebelar). We agglutinate all this information in a sound bound to the T at the end of the word. The T gives a meaning to the individual interpellation or introspection of self-revelation (revelar-T). It seeks self-awareness and to discover our own identity. As a consequence, we infer the action of self-rebellion (rebelar-T) .
Rebel arT is a concept completed with the concept of rebel-art, marginal, peripheral and dissident at the same time. This kind of art claims the authentic and true function of art, revel-arTe, that is to show, exhibit and reveal the profound and continuous knowledge of the time transformation.
The structures are changing in art too. That is the reason why there are rising new alternatives, new ways of art production or creative thinking, through the plurality of new channels of communication. There are also different ways of being communicated in peripheral and divergent spaces. In these spaces, they are creating alternatives and open speeches that coexist with the current ways of diffusion in the market and structure of art. This determines the shape, method and meaning of the art itself in our time. It redefines its field of work and influence in other spaces or communities that were outsiders to it or that they haven’t existed for a long time in other contexts which are mixed and interrelated with other languages and modes of communication.
This event tries to reflect those nuances and changes in the creative thinking from a modest a limited manner. These artists live this reality and this change that determines their way of working and thinking “Aquí y Ahora”.