Nora Ancarola and Marga Ximénez IN RESiDENCE at the School Antaviana
Nora Ancarola (Buenos Aires, 1955) has lived and worked in Barcelona since 1978 and holds a BA in Fine Art awarded by the Universitat de Barcelona. Since 1998, she has been doing studies and residencies on audiovisual techniques, processes and expressions and the theory and practices of contemporary art at the UBA in Buenos Aires, the Kulturfabrikken in Copenhagen, the Evmaros Art Gallery in Athens and in Rome and Barcelona.
“As time has passed, my work has become increasingly closely connected with two aspects of reality that I am particularly concerned about: the ability of artistic languages to contribute new readings to the small – or big – stories of history and social reality, plus the observation and use of creative processes and their potential for managing individual and systemic unease as an instrument of transformation.
“With these two considerations in mind, I have produced paintings, photographs, videos and installations in which the images bring the private and the public into play with the clear intention of rethinking the status that governs them. Each project requires a different process and at the same time demands a specific technical, processual and spatial resolution. Placing the image and the text in a dialogue is a recurrent feature of my work since my early days.”
Trilogia de la privadesa, a joint project with Marga Ximénez involving more than 50 professional collaborators, Optimització combinatòria, with Ulla Blanca Llima, and Polititzacions del malestar, with Laia Manonelles and Daniel Gasol, also demonstrate the increasing importance in her work of shared endeavours and their social and political dimension.
Ancarola is currently working on Temps de plom i plata. Derives obligades, which she is developing as micro stories. Other projects she is pursuing at the moment include Habitatges de la seda, La caseta dels alemanys, Banyuls Portbou_Muga 600 and Espais de plata (with Agnès Wo).
Biografia realitzada l'any 2018
Marga Ximénez (Barcelona, 1950) studied at the Escola Llotja, the Facultat de Belles Arts in Barcelona and the Marylebone Institute in Westminster (London). Between 1998 and 2016, she, together with the artist Nora Ancarola, founded and directed the MX Espai 1010 and Edicions 1010 interdisciplinary contemporary art space, through which she began her collaboration with poets and editions of artist’s books.
Ximénez designs and structures the International Exhibitions of Contemporary Textile Art in Small Format, the 13th edition of which was held in 2016.
She has developed exhibition projects for Espai 10 at the Fundació Miró and Arts Santa Mònica and for the international biennials in Lausanne and Poland.
Her reflection her own identity has recently led her to embark on a project on the multiplicity of the artist’s identities, resulting in her adopting up to 19 alter egos.
She has recently shown work at the Centre d’Art Maristany, where she presented her project Heterònims: d’una intersecció de processos; in the exhibition Deposeu les armes at the CCDFB, a tribute to Bertha von Suttner that featured works by Käthe Kollwitz; in the exhibition La vuitena arma at the MUA of the Universitat d’Alacant; and at the Museu d’Art Modern in Tarragona, a collaborative show with Yukimaro (one of her alter egos).
Together with Nora Ancarola, she has presented Trilogia de la privadesa at La Interior Bodega in Barcelona, the SKC in Belgrade, the Zenit gallery in Copenhagen, Tinglado 2 in Tarragona, the Carte d’Arte in Catania, the Centre d’Art Roca Umbert in Granollers and the Institut d’Estudis Ilerdencs in Lleida, among other venues.
Biography made in 2018
The school is participating for the first time in IN RESiDENCE, doing so with a group of pupils in the second year of compulsory secondary education.
The Institut Escola Antaviana is noted as an educational project that regards inclusion and addressing diversity as being among its priority objectives. Its pupils are a very wide sample of the entire social spectrum in the neighbourhood and present a very high degree of diversity in terms of their individual educational needs and socioeconomic circumstances. In addition, the Institut Escola Antaviana has very close ties with families and the neighbourhood and its amenities, among them the Ateneu de Nou Barris, a flagship for the entire educational community.
Presentation written in 2018
Students (2nd ESO)
Nerea Abolafia Suárez, Faith Apata, Izan Arnainz Gallego, Hajar Benhida, Mercè Guiset Merino, Adrià Gutiérrez Benedico, Ainoha Herrera Fernández, Lucía Jiménez Blanco, Sol Manzano Fábregas, Núria Martínez Pulido, Iker Nonura Zambrano, Andrés Ponce Orellana, Natàlia Oliver Terrones, Ainara Ramírez Sánchez, Natàlia Rivero Sánchez, Mar Rubio Vega, Pahola Sánchez Álvarez, Andrea Segura Baños and Estela Torrado Rodríguez
Curation and coordination
A Bao A Qu
Institut de Cultura de Barcelona
Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona
Territori Pla de Barris