Jordi Mitjà IN RESiDENCE at the School Milà i Fontanals

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Jordi Mitjà was born in Figueres in 1970. Through a range of presentation formats – from sculpture and photography to publication and video – the artist explores the appropriation of different contexts, situations, media and external productions, bringing them to his own terrain through a high degree of emotional engagement with the references and starting points he selects. His is a complex and obsessive working practice that, going beyond its formalisation for exhibition, concentrates intensity in the production process and period of negotiation between the initial idea and the final resolution. As a result, Mitjà deliberately brings to bear free, flexible aspects such as intuition, testing, error and accident.

Jordi Mitjà finds inspiration for his work, which is formally heterogeneous, rich in social content and critique, sensitive and poetic, in the images of everyday life that he records continuously. The artist collections experiences and images, he invents situations, explores archives and proposes actions to examine the simplest human reactions to unexpected situations. He extracts and invents from reality, and raises questions about the individual, about social behaviours and about art. 

Mitjà has presented his projects at many exhibitions, both solo and collective. He also engages in publishing projects and, with Jesús Novillo and Carolina Trebol, founded the CRANI publishing company. In recent years he has consolidated his presence on the national art scene and has also been an artist in residence in Mexico City and São Paulo. He took part in the inaugural exhibitions of Bòlit, the Girona Centre for Contemporary Art and the Canòdrom art centre in Barcelona; his work is also found in such public collections as the Empordà Museum, the Media Library of "la Caixa" Foundation and the Galicia Centre for Contemporary Art (CGAC), amongst others.

Biography written in 2014

School Milà i Fontanals

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The secondary school took part in the fifth edition of In Residence (2013-2014), hosting a project developed by Los Corderos. A group of pupils from the reception classroom (aula d’acollida).

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The Institut Milà i Fontanals (Raval, Ciutat Vella) began as the Institut Escola Pi i Margall, founded in 1933 during the Second Republic. In the 1961-1962 academic year, it moved to its current home, a building newly designed specifically as a secondary school. The Institut Milà i Fontanals provides an education to culturally very diverse pupils (from more than 80 different countries) with very different levels of learning and from very different social and financial backgrounds. The school has designed strategies to address this diversity by using the centre’s resources (small groups, reception classes, streaming, remedial lessons, etc.) and by creating links with its surroundings. 

Presentation written in 2018

Participants

Students of the reception class - 1st and 2nd of ESO:
Efte Ahmed, Shahriar  Ahmed,  Farhana  Alam Jana, Sardar Usman Asghar, Ruma Begum, Marius Daniel Falcoe, Bhavya Grover, Mujtaba Hassan, Sabrina Hossain Chowdhury, Nishi Jannatul Ferdaus, Zheshuo Lin , Nouhaila Mnaouer, Rimsha Naseeb, Jian Prince Ramil Lacayanga, Hamza Sajjad , Jaskaran Singh and Abdulaziz Al Mustafà

Teachers:
Marta Escoto (tutor classroom reception) and Joana Obiols (mathematics in the classroom reception)

Curation and coordination:
A Bao A Qu Association

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium