During the Building of the Great Wall of China. Curated by Ángel Calvo Ulloa
Alan Sastre, Álex Marco, Antonio González, Elena Alonso, Fuentesal & Arenillas, Irene Grau, José Díaz, Mercedes Mangrané, Miguel Marina, Regina Giménez, Rubén Guerrero and Taxio Ardanaz
[...]In fact everything is just the same in that respect. We all know about each other, we look at what each of is doing, we support each other and split apart. And above all, the being of painting endures alive (1).
The very incongruity of the gesture nevertheless forces us to do so, to have a look in different directions and try to encourage these encounters. They almost always end up the same way, showing clear signs that not everything is so diverse, that there are always interests that are repeated and that it is each individual who filters this in their own way. It could be that the sensation of feeling ourselves to be in such an extensive space has led us to an agoraphobic anxiety from which we escape by establishing bonds and feeling part of something, just as those Chinese operators felt about their arduous task.
There are no tangible paths but intangible ones, and their signs are not visible but invisible, but everything which forms part of knowledge gradually reproduces snatches of that original song (2).
1 FRANCO, Carlos. Retrato inacabado de Luis Gordillo ante un espejo. Arte y Parte, no 7, Madrid, 1997.
2 ARGULLOL, Rafael. Aventura. Una filosofía nómada. Acantilado, Barcelona, 2008