ACMÉ (en dos variaciones). Blanca Gracia
Luis Adelantado is pleased to invite you to Acmé (en dos variaciones), the first exhibition of Madrilenian artist Blanca Gracia in our gallery. Blanca is presenting a video project in which she reveals her artistic vision—based on a series of readings of the utopian civilization of the early twentieth century—, while showcasing a very personal universe that is steeped in freedom.
Acmé is nourished by hundreds of references and generates a duality that is both formal and conceptual. On the formal side, Blanca is presenting two variations on a film narrative that breaks at a certain moment, showing either the vehemence or the tyranny of King Midas; a reflection on the importance and impact of each one of our decisions on future events, which—as the author states—is based on medieval moralist tales and on the first utopian trends of the 20th century, among which the vision of Thoreau stands out:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau, 1854.
The film combines real footage and animation. And the actors —all of them amateur— wear very specific outfits charged with symbolic significance. The characters shed their skin and become archetypes that seek the balance between good and evil, the struggle between the tyrant and the good-natured. Not surprisingly, the mural The Allegory of Good and Bad Government of the Lorenzetti brothers serves as the guiding thread of this story.