ORGANIZATION: Bombas Gens Centre d’Art
CURATOR: El Último Grito (Rosario Hurtado y Roberto Feo)
Within the framework of València World Design Capital 2022, Bombas Gens Centre d’Art – under the artistic direction of Sandra Guimarães— has invited El Último Grito to create an exhibition proposal based on the Per Amor a l’Art Collection. In this exhibition, design operates as a conceptual and material narrative and curatorial device, sketching a sort of language of the interlude, engaging in a dialogue that opens a speculative approach into the nature of this collection and its individual works.
For El Último Grito, design is an inbetweener. Design is an action, a verb, and not a noun or object. Although these are commonly mistaken as design, they are just by-products of these processes. Design lives in those in-between spaces that exist between humans and their surrounding worlds, both real or fictional, conceptually and materially connecting two distinct points in time and space.
“Earth: A retrospective” showcases the Per Amor a l’Art Collection as a “creative geography” –an editing concept developed by Lev Kuleshov, designed to collide shots from different locations to generate a seamless new landscape where the narrative elapses. With this project, El Último Grito is looking back at Earth from an undetermined point in a future space-time. A point in which our memory of Earth is broken and our only link back to it is a collection of images where signified and signifier become blurred; where our gaze romanticises them into narratives seeking to find meaning beyond their historicity.
Generated in the present by trying to reimagine a past from an unknown future, “Earth, a retrospective” features works of the Per Amor a l’Art Collection and El Ultimo Grito, including artists such as Nobuyosi Araki, Bernd and Hilla Becher_EUG-Arno Mathies, Bleda y Rosa, Iñaki Bonillas, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Joan Cardells, Oscar Carrasco, Imogen Cunningham, Tacita Dean, Koji Enokura, Elger Esser, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Inma Femenía, Lee Friedlander, Carlos Garaicoa, Paul Graham, Jonas Mekas, Mathieu Mercier, Matt Mullican, Nicolás Ortigosa, Thomas Ruff, Armando Salas Portugal and Aaron Siskind, among others.
El Último Grito is an artistic duo formed by Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo. Since 1997, they have produced work that responds to an ongoing investigation into the nature and representation of systems. This work is both the means to analyse and advance their ideas in the subject and the object of the investigation itself. The results they produce are presented in various contexts and take different forms that have ranged from installations, objects, films, performances and publications to curatorial, editorial and academic projects.
The work of El Último Grito is present in the Per Amor a l’Art Collection. Recently, they have participated in the exhibition “Hiperespacios” (2021) at Bombas Gens Centre d’Art with an intervention entitled “(Mise-en-scène)”, that transformed the gallery hall into a landscape wrapped in smoke and flames.
In 2012 they were awarded the prestigious London Gold Design Medal acknowledging their contribution to design in the UK and more recently the 2019 Madrid Design Festival Award.
Image 1: Elger Esser. Arromanches Le Bains, 2009. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © VEGAP
Image 2: Paul Graham. Man sitting by McDonlad’s sign. Detroit Nº 48. De la serie American Night, 2001. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © Paul Graham / Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York; Carlier Gebauer, Berlin; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Image 3: Iñaki Bonilllas. De la serie Los Ojos, 2010. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © Iñaki Bonillas / ProjecteSD, Barcelona
Image 4: Tacita Dean. Quarantania, 2018. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © Tacita Dean
Image 5: Bernd and Hilla Becher_EUG – Arno Mathies
Image 6: Bleda y Rosa. Cráneo 5. Cueva Mayor, 2003. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © Bleda y Rosa / VEGAP
Image 7: El Último Grito. The Fallacy of the Closed System, 2017 © El Ultimo Grito / Foto: Luis Asín
Image 8: Aaron Siskind. Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation Nº 58, 1956. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © Aaron Siskind Foundation, New York
Image 9: Nobuyoshi Araki. From the series Flower Rondeau, 1997-2016. Colección Per Amor a l’Art © Nobuyoshi Araki / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery