Friday, 07 June 2019 11:26

Artium presents NOS[ YO ]OTROS, an exhibition by Juan Carlos Meana

The artist’s exhibition considers the occasionally-conflicting connections between the individual and the community. The exhibit displays more than seventy pieces of artwork addressing the consequences of these connections: violence, loyalty, vigilance, conspiracy, courage

The Basque Centre-Museum of Modern Arts presents the exhibition NOS[ YO ]OTROS, by Juan Carlos Meana (North Gallery, June 8 - September 15, 2019). In this exhibit, Meana reflects on the connection between the individual and the community, as well as the limits of the individual identity, whether in relation with the interior or the exterior of oneself. The exhibition displays a great number of the artist’s recent pieces, along with various references to earlier periods of his work. NOS[ YO ]OTROS is curated by José Ángel Artetxe and produced by Artium. The exhibition will shortly release a catalogue with texts by Fernando Illana, Meana and Artetxe.

NOS[ YO ]OTROS deals with the connection between the individual and the community. For Juan Carlos Meana, this connection is not always comfortable and is often conflicting, especially when it comes to the limits of “identity”, whether within the community – the social mechanisms that guide a certain identity – or outside of it– borders and everything foreign. As mentioned by the curator, José Ángel Artetxe, Meana understands this as an ongoing process in which the following comes into play: “an ethical dimension with oneself, a political dimension with others and an ecological dimension or a connection with the environment”.

The exhibition is organised around six series: Laboratorio de conflictos, Comunidad, Pertenencia, Aséptico, Después de Narciso and Creencias , a collection of more than seventy pieces exposed and blending into space. As the artist behind this exhibition explains, “These three-dimensional pieces deal with particular aspects of the tension between the individual and the collective: violence, loyalty, vigilance, conspiracy, courage, etc”.

For this purpose, Meana uses, combines and interweaves various symbolic elements – ammunition shells, pieces of soap, ceramic dishes, measuring instruments, mirrors, bricks and firearms parts -- that symbolize issues such as extreme violence, the ineffectiveness regarding conflicts or the human cost of certain industrial processes. The artist uses these compositions to suggest “an ensemble of subtle relations that point to the correct titles” of the art pieces: Posverdad, Caution humans, La medida del valor, Las sospecha de las miradas, Plan estratégico, La medida de las creencias.

Juan Carlos Meana (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1964) graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Bilbao and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris. He obtained his doctorate from the University of the Basque Country. His artistic activity started in the realm of painting, but during the 1990s he developed an interest in sculpture, art installations, photography and video. Since then, he has regularly exhibited his work in both individual exhibitions – London, Vigo, A Coruña, Gijón, Valencia, Vitoria-Gasteiz – and collective exhibitions – Artium, MARCO of Vigo, the Museum of San Telmo of San Sebastian, the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam. A lecturer in the Department of Painting at the University of Vigo, he is also the author of writings in the field of artistic creation: Lo que no somos, lo que no queremos, El espacio entre las cosas, La ausencia necesaria, and the newly-released El aprendiz de lengua extranjera.

About the exhibition  Leaflet  Texts in gallery  Images for press use

NOS[ YO ]OTROS. Juan Carlos Meana
Curator: José Ángel Artetxe
North Gallery, from June 8 until September 15, 2019
Exhibition Catalogue: texts by José Ángel Artetxe and Fernando Illana (forthcoming publication)
Opening programme:
Friday, June 7

  • 7:00 p.m.: Guided tour before the inauguration of the NOS[ YO ]OTROS and De lo perdido y lo recuperado exhibitions. For the friends of Artium (reservation required)
  • 8:00 p.m.: Exhibition opening. Free entry.

Free guided tours

  • Sunday, June 9: 12:00 noon (along with the De lo perdido y recuperado exhibition). Guided tour in Castilian Spanish.
  • Wednesday, June 12: 4:30 p.m. Guided tour in Basque. Open pricing.
  • Sunday, June 23: 12:00 noon. Guided tour in (Castilian) Spanish.

NOS[ YO ]OTROS: an Artium Production (Vitoria-Gasteiz).

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