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‘FAR AWAY TREASURE’ June 17th, 2018

Can Serrat annual show #2017 residents projects

With Marion Balac, Duncan Gibbs, Amery Kessler, Anna Wolfe-Pauly.

Curated by Quim Packard

For its 2018 annual curated exhibition, Can Serrat collaborated with Quim Packard, who was invited to follow projects produced in residency for the duration of 2017. Quim worked closely with Nyamnyam who co-curated the event in their space in Barcelona.

The exhibition was an open work session that involved cooking, eating, and talking about the concept of artist residencies and their relation with colonial ideology and global capitalism. The meal was made with ingredients foraged around the forest of el Bruc near the residency of Can Serrat. During the session we weaved together the history of artist residencies and there shared past with colonial exploration and foraging for food. Works by Marion Balac, Amery Kessler, Duncan Gibbs and Anna Wolfe-Pauly, artists who were in residency during the year 2017 in Can Serrat were shown to thread together the ideas of the workshop.  

The history of exploration is heavily tangled with the history of exploitation. The main objectives behind many exploration missions was to discover new places to exploit and extract dry. The figure of the heroic explorer is haunted by its colonial past. The artist, the explorer, and the colonialist share a common background. A common background that taints the artistic practice with the intrinsic ideology of colonialism, imperialism, and global capitalism. As artists travel the world to show their work, expand their network, and get inspired by local surroundings they carry along this ideology. How artists conceive their practice and how it is structured within a global economic system is implicitly tied to this heritage. Through this workshop we debated this link and talk about artistic practices that might have aimed in a different direction. Rethinking more locally-based models of the artistic economy and profession by understanding its colonial past was one of the goals of this activity.  While eating and cooking we talked about our relation with the resources the art sector needs to function and if other means of interacting are possible. It is becoming increasingly undoubtable that we must manufacturer, consume, farm, and produce locally. We discussed how can this be translated to the modes of production, organization, and economy of the art sector.

In October, 2018, an archive as a publication is produced and presented in collaboration with the designer Carles Murillo and the nonprofit organization l’Automàtica.

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The session is conducted and orchestrated by Quim Packard and Nyamnyam.

Schedule :

  • 9h00-13h00 Foraging walk in el Bruc and return to Barcelona.  Meet at Maria Cristina station. (limited seats)
  • 13h00 Workshop, talk and lunch at Nyamnyam __ (limited seats)

The event is divided into two sessions at two different locations.  It is possible to join from the beginning at 9am for the foraging walk or to join for the lunch in Barcelona at 3pm.

Direction :

espai NYAMNYAM

Carrer de Pallars, 94

08018 Barcelona

https://goo.gl/maps/GSgbULWEmsN2