The artist’s new intervention evokes modulations of workspaces made by two architects of Galician origin linked to the constructive history and uses of the Palacio de Cibeles: Antonio Palacios, responsible – together with Joaquín Otamendi – for his project and construction between 1904 and 1919, and Alejandro de la Sota, who worked in the building between 1961 and 1984 as a public official of the General Post Office and undertook renovation and refurbishment works.
“Galician Life. Carme Nogueira”
19 October, 2018- 27 October, 2019
Plaza Cibeles, 1, 28014 Madrid
Nogueira’s reading of both functional interventions takes the form of a biombo-exhibition device that responds to the current use of space as an art center and serves as an element at the same time as a modulator and exhibitor.
In the manner of a screen that unfolds its parts, the exhibition also proposes a tour of some of the researches, methodologies and poetics of the artist. Galician life puts in the foreground the position always situated, embodied, of Carme’s work and her concern to make visible the place of enunciation. If his works often cite other texts, voices, and speeches, they usually do so in the first person, emphasizing the processes of translation, dubbing, and interpretation that participate in the constitution of a place.
The question of the experiential and discursive mediations that model a space or a landscape crosses its proposals, as well as the interpellation to a present made up of many plots, of discontinuous stories and conflicting memories. Together with a dialogue with the building, Galician life presents projects of the last two decades in the trajectory of Nogueira, in which research around spaces, landscapes or cities often conveys a memory of work and workers’ struggles, practices of emancipation feminist or anticolonial. It is about accepting the contradiction and not appeasing it. Hence, sometimes a work – “object of spatial interpretation”, “specific site intervention” or “room device”, as the artist calls it – can become a meeting space, a square, an agora.