Broken Open. Curated by Cristina Anglada
Mercedes Azpilicueta, Esperanza Collado, Marius Engh, Ana Martínez Fernández, Mónica Mays, Alex Reynolds, Alfredo Rodríguez, Víctor Santamarina, Yann Sérandour, M Reme Silvestre, Álvaro Urbano, Kristin Wenzel y Leticia Ybarra
idea at the heart of the project is intrigue, addressed as an entanglement, mesh or knot that acts as a thread that will lead our bodies on a walkthrough of the gallery’s various spaces. The series of textiles, sculptures, objects, photographs, installations and audiovisual works we come across in the various rooms trigger all kinds of disparate stories indulging the imagination and speculative pleasure.
if drawing, conjuring figures and elements that create a score for a larger action, and also highly intimate scenes divested of any sense of linear narrative. One of them contains the inscription À mon seul désir (To my only desire), a quotation referring to The Lady and the Unicorn who silently dwell within the medieval tapestries Mercedes visited at the Musée de Cluny in Paris. The other textile has the word “Ruda” sewn on it, in reference to the plant which was believed to have protective and abortive powers and was used in magical rites since ancient times. The etymology of ruta is derived from the Latin rupta (a paved, cleared or ‘broken’ road).
We would like to thank the collaboration of all the artists as well as the galleries Espacio Valverde, Madrid; gb agency, Paris; NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona/Madrid; Travesía Cuatro, Madrid and SUPRAINFINIT, Romania and Faculty of Fine Arts of Cuenca.