Chus Martínez and Rosa León collect in this exhibition a fragment of the city's artistic fabric with the intention of giving value to a community project.
The “now” is so complex that it is as difficult as it is painful to think about. This exhibition is somewhat like observing an iceberg or the crater of a volcano submerged under water: it is only a tiny part of the whole artistic community and its production. Even so, it is essential for this small part to show its face, as it offers us an expression of the whole. This exhibition should instil us with the need to get closer to the artists close to us, spark up situations in which we can see and talk about their work, lay the questions they propose on the horizon of the ever-changing relationships that define our identity, our gender, our rights, our will to carry on transforming the way we experience reality and life. This is not an exhibition about video, or rather the term does not matter. Here images narrate how they borrow, from poetry, a deeply personal way of expressing the struggle against their denial, against those who continually relegate art to oblivion, who refuse to accept that this sensory space is directly linked to life and, therefore, explicitly or otherwise, to the values that make it possible to live together as a community.
Unwaveringly approaching nearby artists, those around us, is the best rehearsal, the most lucid way of knowing what we feel. What do we repeat endlessly? What do we always dramatise? Pain? Love? What do we always intellectualise? What do we victimise? What is it that impels us to describe? Living in consonance with our artistic life is our only chance to generate a dynamic capable of shifting the system, of transforming through observation, of being able to spot the external alliances that might help us to forge unbreakable bonds and true mutuality. An organism that fails to understand itself is blind. That is the purpose of images. Political invention passes through communities in which a sense of militancy coexists with certain indifference towards the “now”, towards “living up to the moment”, because they know that positioning themselves down low, as if the great political machine were really just smoke and mirrors, is the greatest gesture of generosity towards us.
Chus Martínez and Rosa Lleó