curated by Gigliola Foschi
from 21.09.2007 to 17.11.2007
Considered one the most significant contemporary Spanish artists, Alicia Martín presents a new site-specific installation, together with videos and photographs whose theme is books: almost constant raw material and source of inspiration in so many of her works.
Symbols of culture, of memory and of communication, the books in her works end up being at times restless, at others ironic, poetic or even aggressive, but always intent on forcing us to think about certain central issues of contemporary life: the instability of knowledge, the fragility of memory and the need for it, the information Babel of the mass media, the difficult relationship between cultures. No longer shut away in libraries or reduced to a furnishing accessory, the books/work of this artist turn into a shapeless incumbent concretion that tenaciously clings to the walls of the gallery and seems to elude the laws of gravity.
Never repetitive, the works of Alicia Martín manage to turn books into animated objects, full of symbolisms that act as powerful but ungraspable echoes.
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