12Miradas. Snapshots of Chantada

6 MAY – 31 JUL 2022

Artists: Irene Kopelman, Andrea Dávila Rubio, Berio Molina, Carla Souto y Marina González Guerreiro.

An exhibition that gathers the results of the workshop carried out within the 12Miradas’ programme with the artist Irene Kopelman and in collaboration with the MUV FMJJ (Virtual Museum Fundación María José Jove). With this exhibition, Vilaseco begins programming in its new space at the Os Casares estate, in a hamlet in Chantada. This is the 6th edition of 12Miradas, curated by Carlos Quintáns. Since 2015,  generates and participates in a series of experiences through the exchange of ideas. Ideas in the form of talks, workshops, research grants, etc.

The artists Andrea Dávila Rubio (Boiro, 1995), Carla Souto (A Coruña, 1994), Berio Molina (A Fonsagrada, 1979) and Marina González Guerreiro (A Guarda, 1992) were working, guided by Irene Kopelman, on the drawing as a way of getting to know and establishing contact with the Ribeira Sacra area. Together they traveled several trails analyzing the environment, taking an interest not only in the landscape implications but also in those others derived from the social construction of the territory. Each of the participants responded to the slogan in a unique and particular way, managing to capture different aspects of the place. Hence the title, snapshots, captures.

“The processes were super interesting, each one found new ways to solve, linked to his work but at the same time, opening new possibilities within the practices. From there came the idea of ​​giving continuity to the processes and seeing where they would lead each one and then meet again in Chantada to share the results among us and open the dialogue to the community.” Irene Kopelman

Six months after that workshop, the reunion takes place and the exhibition with the results.

Previously Irene Kopelman was invited by the MUV FMJJ to carry out an artistic residence in Galicia with a research work on the limnological character of the Sil River, in relation to those factors that determine the evolution of its landscape. The study prior to the development of the artistic project is structured around different observation and recording rooms on the ground, which allow it to analyze some of the identity components of the characteristic landscape of the banks of the Sil River. Coinciding with her first stay, the 12Miradas workshop was held.

Turns and turns, 2022, are two of the drawings generated on her second trip through the Ribeira Sacra area, now done in spring.

“I made a reconnaissance trip through the Ribeira Sacra and Chantada. During that trip I was struck by the shapes that were generated from the viewpoints towards the river, that is, how geology determined different shapes depending on where I stopped to look. The turns of the rivers in relation to the mountains drew certain geometries, which I decided to represent on this second trip and which we see in the room”.

Andrea Dávila Rubio, starts from the concept of affection as an ‘impression’ that Sara Ahmed rescues from David Hume in her contribution to the affective turn of more contemporary feminist thought; her work S/T, 2022 investigates the relationship between touch, imprint and affection.

A piece that is a record of the (im)pression of a natural environment, transferred to a floor sculpture that is presented as a semi-relief surface made up of small 10 x 10 x 1.5 cm blocks of pigmented plaster.

S/T (2022) would thus be framed within a current personal interest in projecting an analysis of the bodily experience in the world based on its exploration from the sensual, the affective and the tactile.

Berio Molina presents Frautas e fentos (flutes and ferns), some drawings that are based on the observation and listening of a sound landscape of Boán. It arises from the observation and listening of specific places, especially a forest of ferns near the house of the Boán Uno Association, and exposes different moments of development until the presentation of the final drawing.

“The process begins in late October 2021 when we conducted the residency with Irene Kopelman, during the autumn. The weather was windy, and when the wind was moving very speedy just gliding on the surfaces, it modulated the landscape shapes to its liking, especially the sonorous ones. Rubbing between the leaves, folding the grass, and slipping through the holes… as if the whole landscape were a flute.”

Carla Souto, presents El suelo parecía sólido, 2022, an installation made up of 12 wearable sculptures made of metal and contemporary archaeological remains that cultivates forms on the need for continuity over time and memory of the human being, how to embrace an emotion and a intention of permanence through the material.

The main pieces in this installation are the wearable sculptures. An unique jewels made of bronze with natural shapes that, thanks to the characteristics of the material and other agents, have been oxidized to leave a record of the passage of time, thus highlighting the contrast between shape and material. Accompanying the narrative of these pieces are fragments belonging to the construction of buildings and other pieces of the human body in plaster, natural materials and photographs of two moments in landscapes of the area printed on paper.

Marina González Guerreiro, presents Detalle del río Asma, 2022, several glazed tile compositions resulting from the workshop carried out with Irene Kopelman. Each piece, each tile, is part of a puzzle that moves and grows. Each fragment is a mobile piece that is fixed together with others at a certain moment.

“I would highlight the importance of observation in the process and drawing as a witness to that stopping. Those days in the Ribeira Sacra helped me to recover a very specific concentration that occurs when one draws from life. Looking to map a certain moment, perhaps to try to understand it. By drawing a stream in motion, a subjective gaze is placed on it that tries to understand the currents without measuring rods”.

Trees laden with fruit appear repeatedly in these drawings. The moist earth generates such an excess, so much fruit is born, that it often falls to the ground and rots. Like when the rice is thrown at the bride and groom when they get married: there is waste, celebration, joy and hope.

12Miradas . Chantada Snapshots
May 6 – July 31, 2022
Artists: Irene Kopelman, Andrea Dávila Rubio, Berio Molina, Carla Souto and Marina González Guerreiro.
Address: Vilaseco Space. San Cristovo de Mouricios, 2. 27510 Chantada, Lugo. 42º 37’ 59.5” N 7º 50’ 31.4” W

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