This group exhibition is a tribute to the dystopian novel FAHRENHEIT 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury. As Montse Badia explains, the display was an essay in exhibition format. The distribution of artworks evoked a book structure, what was made up by a cover, prologue, index, chapters, footnotes, epilogue and back cover. Through the exhibition, the aim was to create debate around the control of access to knowledge, censorship, distraction strategies, dependence on screens and lack of critical sense. In this way, the pieces also took as inspiration the work of Bradbury.
Chema’s piece consists of two travel Suitcases with illuminated images inside of dolls, books and cassettes accumulated in one side and a mirror on the other. The images are photographs took in Mercat de les Glories in Barcelona. Both suitcases, one on top of the other, create one single image that reflects in the mirror – that acts like a screen- and expands through the space.
Like an open book, Chema’s work tells us a story. It makes us travel together with the objects that appear in its images: the stories told by stored book, the used toys, movies, cassettes, postcards, photographs, old-fashioned keychains, obsolete magazines…
Artists: Ignasi Aballí, Chema Alvargonzález, Marcos Avila Forero, Anna Dot, Enric Farrés Duran, Gonzalo Elvira, Dora García, Miquel García, Andreas M. Kaufmann, Antoni Muntadas, Francesc Ruiz and Tim Youd.