Angel de la Rubia - OPEN STUDIO 21 OCTOBER
During Monday 21st of October FLACC will open its doors for visitors to this work-in-progress by Angel de la Rubia. Come join us anytime until 6pm, and if possible let us know of your attendance in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org, as the amount of visitors that the installation allows simultaneously is limited.
MEL VALSINATS – transition(s)
La Transición (The Transition, The Shift) is the name we Spaniards give to the years that go from the murder of the Admiral Carrero Blanco by the terrorist group ETA in 1973, until the referendum for a new Constitution and the General Elections in 1978. The strike against the man called to succeed Franco as chief of a totalitarian regime accelerated the decay of a dictator that couldn’t deal with the present and awakened those among the civil society that had not realized that there was an imminent change to arrive. Still, this shift of political state of affairs didn’t take the form of a revolution, but was made by in acquiescence between a few politicians nursed in The Movement (Franco’s puppet party and union) and those young members of the clandestine opposition that took the path of compromise, understanding the Spanish society as too democratically raw and ideologically divided for a drastic unravelling.
The project Mel Valsinats-Transition(s) depicts the iconographical universe of a fictitious researcher, descendant of exiles from the Spanish Civil War and born in the days of the Transition to democracy, that tries to understand her own story and that of her family through the process of this political evolution. Along the way, using press images, and texts, traces and memories of her and other families the real object of her analysis turns to be the idea of being a foreigner not to a territory, but to a period of time, even when belonging to it.
The attempt at juxtaposing History and personal story leads then to an exploration on the possibility of changing history, and the relationship of the individual to that bigger tale in which it seems to play the role of a sheer stunt.
The result is a multimedia installation, the scenario in which Mel Valsinats explores this subjects among family memories and history books. A silent theater play in which several experiments on historical alterity are displayed not as objects of pure contemplation but as triggers for re-imagining memories and future possibilities for past events.