Junio 2017

Alicia Martín

Alicia Martín

Madrid, 1964

Her art covers a range of mediums working with sculpture, photography, video, installation and drawing, especially the sculpture and the interventions, as these are the fields in which she has worked more continually and earned more recognition.

 

Her art covers a range of mediums working with sculpture, photography, video, installation and drawing, especially the sculpture and the interventions, as these are the fields in which she has worked more continually and earned more recognition. During the early 1990s, she began working with books, the element that has become one of the most distinguishing features of her work. These are the fundamental materials from which she has made very distinct projects that focus on the universal nature of the book as a medium of transmitting knowledge with great anthropological force, as well as an everyday object of consumption, which carries a powerful symbolic force and offers multiple interpretations.

Her work can be seen in some of the most important Spanish contemporary art museums, such as the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla and León (MUSAC), the DA2 in Salamanca, the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela and the Patio Herreriano Museum in Valladolid. Some of her most outstanding works have been: Bookhouse MARCA, Catanzaro; ICÁSTICA. Project: 2013 glocal women, Arezzo; Lo relativo, Espacio Marzana, Bilbao, 2013; Biografías,Museum Meermanno, La Haya; Singularidad, Inside, City of Culture of Galicia cultural centre, Santiago de Compostela, 2012; Biografias II, the facade of Thalía, “Schaurausch” OK Centrum Kulturhauptstadt Europas, Linz; Meteoro, Cart[ajena], Naval Museum of the Caribbean, Cartagena, 2007.

In Cáceres Abierto 2017, the artist installed a large sculpture in the Palacio de la Generala with the title “Conciencia” (consciousness), referring to the myth of Sisyphus, the space between the back-and-forth, the moment in which he blindly finishes pushing the rock – the ball of books – and has to start again, that in which the subject perceives himself in the world.

 

Camus describes Sisyphus as the absurd hero who is punished by being compelled to finish a useless task. This ball represents a living and endogamous organism that has been let go of, to fall down with its own weight, and its path has been obstructed by the parapet of the Palacio de la Generala. At that point of letting go, the moment becomes eternal and the consciousness collapses.

 

The intervention was exhibited between June 1 and June 25, 2017 at the Palacio de la Generala. During the same dates, the El BrocenseArt Galleryscreened her video piece, Políglotas(Polyglots).

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