Martí Anson IN RESiDENCE at the School Infanta Isabel d’Aragó

Since taking his degree in Art, Martí Anson (Mataró, 1967) has worked as an architect (Bon dia, Sala Montcada, “la Caixa” Foundation, 1999/2000 and L'apartament, Galeria Toni Tàpies, 2002), footballer (L'angoixa del porter al penal, Iconoscope, Montpellier, 2001), film director (Walt & Travis, 2003, at the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, USA), boat-builder (Fitzcarraldo, 55 days working on the construction of a Stela 34 yacht at the Santa Mònica Art Centre 2004/2005), painting thief (Mataró/Montreal, Circa Gallerie of Montreal, 2006), builder working on the construction of a replica of a building in the United States, promoting the conservation of local heritage (Martí i la fàbrica de farina, Lucky 7. SITE Santa Fe Biennial, 2008, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA), courier trying to transport a factory from his home time to Lyon (Martí i la fàbrica de xocolata, Rendez-vous 09. X Lyon Biennial, Frac Villaurbane), and house painter, painting the walls of a gallery in the colours of two football teams, along with their match results (El preu dels colors, Galeria Toni Tàpies, 2009-2010). He has also sought his fortune by establishing a chauffeur service in cooperation with Latitudes (Mataró Chauffeur Service, No soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London 2010), and has attempted to recover the furniture that his father made in the nineteen-sixties in the city of Mataró (Joaquimandson, Meessen de Clerq Gallery, Brussels, 2011). 

Today, he works as an architect, restoring the holiday home that his father designed in the nineteen-seventies (Catalan Pavilion. Anonymous architect. Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona 2014 and Beaufort 2015 Triennial, Belgium, 2015). 

Biography written in 2015

School Infanta Isabel d’Aragó

The school took part in the first edition of EN RESiDÈNCiA (2009-2010), when the work Deu mil hores [Ten Thousand Hours] was produced in cooperation with the artist Salvador Juanpere. 
This participation was repeated in the fifth edition (2013-2014), when Antònia del Río was the artist-in-residence. On this occasion, the artist teamed up with fourth-year secondary pupils taking the visual and fine art itinerary.


High-school Infanta Isabel d'Aragó is a public school located in the district Sant Martí de Provençals in Barcelona. This school was founded in 1962 with the aim of giving education to working-class teenagers who were living in that area. The district was born in the urban expansion of Barcelona towards the river Besòs. Since then, the school education spirit has been its driving force to overcome the challenges posed by different syllabus in our society. In this sense, the words written once by Angeleta Ferrer, teacher and headmistress of this school during the first years, are still valid today: “It has always been vibrant, in constant renewal, persistently striving for self-improvement. This school is characterised by its continuous work, its in-house structure, its parties, exhibitions, celebration, concerts, outings, trips and all kinds of spiritual and human demonstrations. The school walls ooze unchangeable, permanent principles of mutual respect and esteem that can never be surrendered, for they attract people within the school context.”

In this context of education and knowledge, arts are as important as other subjects. From the very beginning, the school offered subjects in relation to plastic arts and design, conveying education through art, to the point that many of its students’ designs, drawings, pictures and videos have been awarded. In this same line, the school has permanent art exhibitions in the hallways, as an artistic tour throughout the school history.

Presentation written in 2009


Students 4th of ESO:
Pamela Toscana Nicola, Carlos Medero, Paula Trujillo Creus, Martí Ruiz, Samuel Cruces, Anabel Lizeth Galarza Torres, Anaïs González López, Marina Collell Jubany, Lizenia Rojas, Emma Santiago, Anna Aizpitarte Ramon, Victor Borrego, Victor Fernández and Judit Bagaña

Lola Penedo (visual art), Marta Perucho (social sciences) and Jordi Blanch Orri

Curation and coordination:
A Bao A Qu Association

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium