SILENCES (María José Cosano)

Silencios de María Jose Cosano
Silencios de María Jose Cosano

At a conceptual level, I am interested in recognising the symptoms and consequences of the lockdown on people and how this will have an effect on artists and their creation.

The texts are a metaphor for the noise of life and its own silence, two sides of the same coin. Through the Covid pandemic, I have become aware of the noise we live in and of the need for silence for our own survival, and of how that noise affects us in our own thoughts, stuns us and clouds the road.

“The memory of lost souls” (Enar Cruz)

Enar Cruz El Recuerdo de las Almas Perdidas
Enar Cruz El Recuerdo de las Almas Perdidas

The function of this project is to show the loss of a large number of lives due to the Covid-19 virus. It is the memory of months in which many people lost a loved one.

The most serious thing is to have this idea of death in your head, which could be our own and that of our loved ones. It is this group identity that makes us vulnerable to the pain of others, and we internalise it.

They are the shadow of so many lost wishes and dreams; old and young people, or health professionals carrying out their duties.

It is also about that social distancing that makes us feel so alone, so careful, and that ultimately leaves us with an aura of sadness and feeling of insecurity. It understands the sensation of not being able to plan the future and also of living each day as it comes.

REBIRTH (Roberto Currás)

Roberto Curras Renacimiento
Roberto Curras Renacimiento

When the toughest phase of lockdown ended and I was able to go out for the first time, the first thing I did was go to the beach, looking for, perhaps, as much clean air as possible and a space for freedom that seemed to me to be immense. I reached the beach and, unexpectedly, started playing with the stones on the shore; small stones between 5 and 10 centimetres. Then I put them in a bag and repeated this operation for several days, taking them home and painting female faces on them.

Looking at the work Woman with Scorpions, by the Mexican painter Francisco Toledo, I think about the possibility of symbolic rebirth after the tragedy that we have all experienced to a greater or lesser extent during this pandemic.

Personally, out of all possible symbolic readings of this work, the one that most strikes me is that of fertility as a metaphor for the birth of something new.

The dialogue that I wish to present was born from the meaning of the two-headed serpent within pre-Hispanic culture. According to Manuel Gamboa Cabezas, researcher at the INAH Hidalgo Center (Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History), this snake is understood as “the arrival of light and something new”.

On the floor, in the centre of the installation, we see a sign with the word “COVID-19”, around which spiral a row of stones in three colours: red, black and white, combined with female faces.

TWO METRES (Stella Kamazón)

Dos Metros Stella Kamazon
Dos Metros Stella Kamazon

My work “DOS METROS” refers to the absence of physical experiences with our peers, from whom we have been forced to maintain a safe distance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, thereby modifying our social behaviour.

In the light of the challenges we have to deal with, art as a reflection of society has also experienced that distancing, that human emptiness within all the exhibition spaces.

Reflecting on this, this intervention is within the rooms of the Ralli Marbella Museum along with the works on display. In them we seek “no dialogue” within the rooms of the museum and the “non-relationship” between the different pieces of art.

This relationship, both human and artistic, has been darkened during the lockdown period with the non-presence of art-loving visitors who have not been able to personally enjoy museums and galleries in general. That atmosphere of silence and absence is filled with optimism in the form of a small opening with the presence of objects, shoes, placed at a social distance of two metres in front of some of the works and on a surface of glossy red paper, which I use to evoke the human factor in people’s memories.

MODER NATUR (Paloma Vázquez)

Paloma Vázquez
Paloma Vázquez

As a result of Covid, we have seen how everyday life has become strange and distant from us. Many of us have rediscovered our inner nature, we have returned to the natural environment.

Living in Madrid for a year and a half, with lockdown making me miss taking walks with my dog and climbing the mountains of Malaga, I began to search the big city for that natural environment that I was so used to having; after years of studies and photography series, I still believe that it is necessary to be able to co-exist with the world.

This work uses nature as a means to look at this intervention with the everyday, with the most raw human beings that we are and that we build daily in order to subsist in cities. Those little things like sitting and chatting, taking the dog out, going out for a beer or getting up in the morning to go to work.

The project itself is a way of observing ourselves, it is understanding how much we come to occupy in space and how much we actually intervene in it. It is an observation that if nature is left to take its course it beats us hands down as its strength is eternal.

“Long ago we felt invincible to the world until one day nature showed us that it works better without us.”