Erlea Maneros Zabala. The Voice of the Valley

From: Friday, 08 April 2022

To: Sunday, 18 September 2022

This exhibition brings together works produced over the past five years by Erlea Maneros Zabala, specifically those from the Exercises on Abstraction IV Series (2018) and Temporal Arrangement Series (2018), the film The Voice of the Valley (2017) and Prompt Book (2016-2022), a project that examines a work produced as part of a solo show organised at the Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre (MNCARS) in 2016.

With a practice defined by her years of training, initially at the Glasgow School of Art and later at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Maneros Zabala has assimilated many of the strategies and debates that began in the 1970s focused on analysing the mass media and the apparatuses of manufacturing and receiving images. Debates informed by feminist theory that helped lead to a radical renewal of the languages of art and proposals for new forms of institutionalism.

Maneros Zabala’s practice is located within the realm that questions the very structure of representation, as well as the production and distribution of images. The artist problematises terms such as “exercise” and “authorship” based on work that is often organised in series, revealing a way of proceeding in which the duration of the processes contravenes any logic contained within a productive, linear, homogeneous timeline. Hers is a deliberate way of doing, in which works form sediments over several years of research and production, projects to which the artist returns repeatedly, insisting on a variety of aspects, moments and themes.

Erlea Maneros Zabala (Bilbao, 1977) studied at the Glasgow School of Art and CalArts in Los Angeles. She has staged solo exhibitions at the San Telmo Museum, Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre, Eco Museum in Mexico City, REDCAT in Los Angeles and Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. She has also taken part in group shows at Ballroom Marfa in Texas, Dos de Mayo Art Centre (CA2M) in Madrid, University of Chicago and Kadist Art Foundation in Paris. She was awarded a Gure Artea prize in 2018.

The artist was in residence at the museum from January until the opening of the project in April. The first monograph dedicated to Maneros Zabala will be published to accompany this exhibition.

Curator: Beatriz Herráez

Image: frame from The Voice of the Valley (2017).

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