Raquel Friera i Xavier Bassas IN RESiDENCE at the School Poeta Maragall


First of all, Raquel Friera graduated with a degree in Economics. Then she worked for companies that set a target for sales, which got bigger every quarter. It was there that she understood how productivity works, from inside the machinery. She then began a degree in Fine Arts, because she felt that this was something else, from another world, from another time. And then she continued to study, in a different way.

Her artistic projects started by blowing away everything she had learnt in that Economics degree: Sobre perder el tiempo (2007), Maltepe (2007), Tiempo libre (2009), Habana-Guáimaro (2010). These were followed by other projects that denounced the various devices for social control: internment centres for migrants, racial and religious identities and economic morality, among others. Feminist thinking has become more and more important to her work and has finally helped her to synthesise her questioning of time as an essential device for the production of subjectivity in our societies.

Xavier Bassas has worked as a lecturer in French Studies at the University of Barcelona (where he has experienced insecurity and time poverty). He has also worked as a translator of French thought (insecurity of euros per translated page, but with fantastic publications) and he is a vocational philosopher (closer to the philosophers of the 18th century than today's academic philosophy). In addition to his numerous translations and publications, he has recently published two books: Jacques Rancière. L’assaig de la igualtat or ‘Essay on Equality’, (also in Spanish, published by Gedisa) and a conversation with Jacques Rancière entitled El litigio de las palabras. Diálogo sobre la política del lenguaje (Pub. NED, 2019). 

Together with a number of others, Raquel Friera and Xavier Bassas have proposed the founding of the Institute of Suspended Time (ITS). It is a project that combines the media of art and the questioning of philosophy. A life project, for at least three reasons: because it brings together their life as a couple with research and their everyday struggle together (‘the personal is artistic’); because they know when this project officially begins – now in the MUSAC, its first headquarters – but they do not know if it will finish, due to the magnitude of the panorama, at some time in their lives; and finally, it is a life project because, transversally, the Institute of Suspended Time is about the life of everyone, from babies to the elderly.

With its (in)action, the ITS is not limited to ‘focusing on life’, as certain feminist thought suggests, but rather understands that focusing on life is placing suspended time at the centre of our lives.

Biography written in 2020

School Poeta Maragall


This is the fifth time IES Poeta Maragall (Eixample) has taken part in In RESiDENCE. Previously Xavier Bobés, L'Automàtica, Josep Pedrals and Antoni Abad have developed creation processes there. As in previous editions, the school is taking part with a group of 4th-year compulsory secondary education (ESO) students.


The Institut Poeta Maragall (Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample) was the first mixed secondary school in Barcelona and was also the first in the city to offer post-compulsory secondary education taught as evening classes (1955). Created in 1932 at the height of the Second Republic, its seed was the pre-existing Institut Infanta María Cristina for girls. Its current building dates from 1967. The art education offered in the sixth form at the Institut Poeta Maragall includes the visual arts, image and design, the performing arts, music and dance. 

Presentation written in 2018


Students of 4th of ESO
Selma Amat, Valeria Antón Villanueva, Kenneth Rose Ariola Maines, Fabricio Joel Cadima Portillo, Katherine Fitzpatrick, Noa Garcia Ortega, Sean Vince Isidro Cada, Kheslhy Khenber Isla Familaran, Sophie Majó, Jan Marcillo Muñoz, Jessica Mendoza Ballares, Nicolás Mesquita Johansson, Aya MilounAoudate, Janna Moraga García, Sira Muñoz Culla, Lucía Santos Serrano, Idaira Abigail Silva Gomes, Helen Lucía Valera López and Xinyi Xia.

Pilar Domènech

Curation and coordination
MACBA. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Directed by
Institut de Cultura de Barcelona
Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona