A giant peanut with a blue face and red lips resides as a deity over a vibrant world of cartoon-like creatures. This is Maní, the fictional civilization created by Spanish artist Ana Barriga in which society centres around the peanut. For her solo show at Kristin Hjellegjerde’s gallery in London Bridge, the artist presents a new series of imaginative paintings that visualize everyday life in the peanut community. Through these surreal scenarios, Barriga pokes fun at real-life conventions, offering the viewer the opportunity to both laugh at and question the foundations on which civilizations are built. The exhibition runs until the next 8th of February 2020.
Art proffesionals from eight different nationalities attended the gastronomic cross-culture event by Brit Es
Artists, curators, art valuers, critics, researchers and private collectors from Japan, Russia, Germany, USA, Italy, Israel, United Kingdom, and Spain participated in this gastronomic cross-culture event, held by Brit Es in the heart of Shoreditch.
Brit Es’s team, led by Carolina Núñez Roca and Vanesa Cejudo, created an event where the food menu was used as a schedule to introduce the artist’s conversations.
Last Monday, Brit Es hosted a very special event inspired by the cross-culture concept: a Supper Club created as a new way to connect with the artists and their practices. A new way to discover London’s Spanish art vibe in a new way: interacting with artists, tasting a secret menu and listening to the sound of a Steinway piano.
The event included conversations with four fabulous artists: Rosana Antolí, Gracjana Rejmer-Canovas, Ernesto Cánovas, Pablo A. Padilla Jargstorf, and a special menu created by Chef Antonio Sierra, who came from Extremadura for the event.
The Brit Es Supper Club was kindly sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in London, Bodega Soul, La Forja Restaurant and the collaboration of the Shoreditch Treehouse.
Playing piano: Sam Peña / Photos by Susana Sanromán
Special thanks to Deborah Rodríguez, Ben Ffrancon Davies and Ángel Villalba.
WE COLLECT presents ‘Empty Sea and Cavern’, the first solo show bu Alan Sastre in London, whith a selection of his two latest series of works. On one hand a series of monochrome canvases that offer the shade of one of the possible ways of pictorial surface refinement, and on the other hand a series of abrased looking paintings where he makes and unmakes during their process.
Arts Catalyst presents a solo exhibition by Ignacio Acosta, into a programme which investigates the politics of extraction across the planet.
The ecology of extractive practices is a poisonous one. In Chile as in Sámi areas in northern Sweden, mining activities by multinational corporations are both visibly and invisibly shaping the landscape, intoxicating water, soil and air while displacing agricultural and indigenous communities. The excavation, extraction and exploitation of minerals – justified by the promise of immediate accelerated economic growth – means that spaces inhabited by communities become ravaged by desertification, contamination and expropriation, and sites of political and environmental dispute.
Guest curator and Maria Fusco takes master works from ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art as inspiration for ‘NINE QWERTY BELLS. Fiction for ‘Live Voice’, a short story in which each work of art gives a presentation at a conference. This is the second of four displays from the collection, which was established in 1985 to foster dialogue between Spanish and international art.
12Miradas::Riverside is a cultural action program which puts contemporary creation in centre stage as its tool of choice for achieving its goals. This initiative is being promoted by Coorporación Hijos de Rivera and the Laboratorio Creativo Vilaseco, and developed by artistic director Carlos Quintáns.
Isaac Julien’s nine-screen installation, premiering at Victoria Miro, traverses a collection of Lina Bo Bardi’s most iconic buildings, offering a meditation on the iconic work and on the legacy of the visionary modernist architect and designer (1914–1992).