“Wall Between” will be open for the public from Friday 22 March through Friday 24 May 2019.
Artists: Ekta (Gothenburg), Talita Hoffmann (São Paulo), Ana Purna (Palma de Mallorca), Sawe (Barcelona), Amanda Baeza (Chile), Nacho Eterno (Valladolid) and Raisa Alava (Bilbao).
WALL BETWEEN /
Walls and their symbology are more present than ever. We find walls in diverse contexts, and we can even perceive invisible and intangible walls. In this era of information overload, fake news and scrolling addiction, we find barriers of several kinds without even having to get out of one place. “Wall Between” discovers the existence of an illusory bridge between two spaces, physical and metaphoric: walls to divide but also to communicate. Hence, the wall can be used to place messages for freedom, or as an obstacle between nations, citizens and people.
With “Wall Between”, Grip Face takes a new step as a commissioner, a role that he started in 2012 with the touring exhibition “Vías Subversivas” (‘Subversive Ways’) and reaffirmed in 2013 with “SR/OFF”, hosted by CAC Ses Voltes and the Pilar i Joan Miró Foundation. These exhibition projects combined artists from different backgrounds but with a shared commonality. In “Wall Between”, all the artists share a passion for drawing and for the public space
Swedish artist Ekta presents a large-format work in paper that finishes a series in which he tries to avoid rationality and predetermination, a characteristic of his interventions throughout Europe.
In Talita Hoffmann’s “Portões” (‘Gates’), an accumulation of obstacles such as fences and walls brings the observer to a sharp contrast between a hostile terrain and a nice color range reminiscing of São Paulo, the artist’s city.
In her drawings, Mallorca-born Anapurna offers a stark contrast between a rich grey palette and masses of flat color, always purposefully used. A sequential diptych walks the observer to a Barcelona street blocked by a barricade of waste containers set on fire, in a work that exemplifies the fine line between truth and lies. After all, “Ojalá Orwell” (‘Hopefully Orwell’) is not a trivial title.
Well known in Barcelona’s urban scene, Sawe brings an iron sculpture created specifically for this exhibition. This work provides a glimpse into his current research process, triggered by his discovery of landfills in Morocco where he would find mountains of pieces of hand-decorated commercial trucks.
With her unique characters, Amanda Baeza illustrates the dichotomy between those intangible walls that we build for ourselves and those that are imposed on us. Her series of linocuts tell a story about physical barriers and the shadows that divide and darken our identity and simplify and impoverish our personality.
Nacho Eterno, who is just as comfortable in the fields of graffiti, tattoo and illustration, intervenes the exhibition space with a site-specific work as his introduction. In his work, we can find a series of bittersweet elements that remind the observer about society’s unconcern for a conflict near us.
Raisa Alava is the author of an intriguing piece that reminds of a parchment from the Ancient Orient. The bright and aggressive color range in this work is the graphic vehicle of a disturbing story about a perplexing moral conflict.