Gaby Felten: Not in an Emancipated Way
In a convivial mode: BAR project resident presentations at Angels Barcelona
[Opening Wednesday November 11, 7:30 pm, Angels Barcelona*
Exhibition: November 11- 20, 2015.
Not in an Emancipated Way is the first of the three presentations of In a convivial mode, a series of exhibitions, actions, conversations and screenings by residents Gaby Felten, Maja Ćirić and Alex Martinis Roe at àngels barcelona and àngels barcelona espai 2. Due to the conviviality, closeness and proximity that living and working together has created among them, the residents decide to present their projects in the same physical context. It is not a collaborative work process, but an attempt to create a common public space for the presentation of an ongoing dialogue and exchange.
Not in an Emancipated Way is an exhibition conformed by a series of works that artist Gaby Felten has produced during her residency. Felten installations, videos and sculptures react to her direct environment and context, naively responding to the visual input she happens upon in Barcelona with a hands-on approach. Certain elements that are repeated throughout the city – the plaza, the public fountain, the sifon, the marble street sign, the beggar’s sign, the shopping trolley of recycled goods, the influence of Latin American and African culture and many more – are the stimuli for Felten to react from her Western globalized labor context position.
In the same way that she presents herself within the Barcelona context, partially as an artist, the works all incorporate an element of fragmentation: a broken street sign, a torn-up beggar’s sign, and cut-up or reconfigured maps of countries in the African, American and European continents, creating a kaleidoscopic witness of the encounter between the artist and the city.
In a convivial mode following presentations:
Thursday November 19, 7:30 pm, àngels barcelona espai 2 Maja Ćirić
Wednesday November 25, 7:30 pm, àngels barcelona Alex Martinis Roe
Gaby Felten (1981) studied at the California College of the Arts (Oakland/San Francisco, 2005) and The Royal Academy of the Arts in The Hague (KABK, 2014). She has resided in 9 countries on 3 different continents during her lifetime. Her artistic practice has greatly been influenced by these episodes of temporary residence. Labor, identity formation and alienation are subjects which she deals with often. In August 2012 she was invited show her performance The Department of Surplus Person Affairs at the Matadero in Madrid during the satellite programming of the exhibition Our Work is Never Over (2012). In 2014 she received the Pro Invest grant from STROOM, an artist support organization based in The Hague. In 2015 she was asked by the Montreal art journal Le Merle (Volume 3, nr. 1) to contribute an article on the changing landscape of cultural support in the Netherlands. Gaby regularly shows her work in group exhibits in The Hague, in locations such as Gemak, Nest, Nutshuis, Korzo and Hoop.
In collaboration with àngels barcelona.
*Calle Pintor Fortuny, 27, 08001 Barcelona
Residents talk: Alex Martinis Roe, Gaby Felten and Maja Ćirić
The artists Alex Martinis Roe, Gaby Felten and curator Maja Ćirić, in residence until the end of November,present their work and introducing the projects they are developing in Barcelona