Thursday, 13 May 2021 08:28

Artium Museoa presents The Z Gallery Programme with the film 'Cardón cardinal' by Patricia Esquivias

Cardón Cardinal is the result of exploring the moving of an endemic cactus specimen from Mexico to Seville for the Universal Exposition of 1992.

The Z Gallery programme in 2021 will present four productions by artists and filmmakers sharing the languages of art and film.


Artium Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country is launching its Z Gallery programme (Z for zinema, cinema in Basque) with the film by Patricia Esquivias entitled Cardón Cardinal, the result of exploring the moving of a giant cactus, an 18-ton cardon, from Mexico to Seville for the Universal Exposition of 1992. The screening is contextualised with a selection of objects and notes by the artist linked to completing the project. The Z Gallery constructs a space in Artium Museum to draw attention to works by artists making the leap into the cinematographic field and filmmakers exploring the exhibition format. Maddi Barber and Marina Lameiro, Rosalynd Nashashibi and Éric Baudelaire are part of the 2021 programme, which is curated by Garbiñe Ortega, researcher and artistic director of the Punto de Vista Festival. 

Cardón Cardinal tells an extended version of an event that occurred 26 years ago: moving a giant cactus, a Pachycereus pringlei, 17 metres high and weighing 18 tons, from the deserts of Baja California to the gardens of the Mexican Pavilion for the Universal Exposition of Seville in 1992.We see a computer screen that presents us with the images of a trip to Mexico and another to Seville, while a voiceover shares with us the research carried out in an attempt to understand the presence of this abandoned cactus in Seville.

Patricia Esquivias was born in Caracas and grew up in Madrid. She trained in London (1997- 2001) and furthered her studies in San Francisco (2005-2007). Her work has been displayed in solo exhibitions at Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Langenhagen Kunstverein, Stacion Pristina, CA2M Móstoles, MARCO Vigo, Hammer Museum, Museo Reina Sofía and White Columns, as well as in group exhibitions such as Querer parecer noche, CA2M; Arte y cultura en torno a 1992, CAAC; Ficciones y territorios, Museo Reina Sofía, and When Things Cast No Shadow, 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art.

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