For Teresa Lanceta (Barcelona, 1951), the act of weaving constitutes a triggering of the critical imagination beyond the confines of materiality. For her, weaving is an open source formula of rupture and repetition, from which it is possible to read, transform and transmit knowledge that is always complex and plural. Moreover, she conceives of weaving as a “technical” knowledge depending on a specific geographical, cultural and human context, whether it is, in her case, the Barcelona district of Raval, where she lived, or the Middle Atlas, which she visited every year for three decades. . These two places nurtured her fascination with women’s work and the non-verbal communication of stories and emotional connections.
The exhibition Teresa Lanceta: open source weaving traces the artist’s trajectory from the 1970s to the present day and includes a wide selection of tapestries, weaves, fabrics, drawings, photographs and videos, offering the most comprehensive overview of his work to date. The exhibition traces a narrative through various series of projects aimed at identifying the voice of Lanceta and presents works that poetically question concepts once considered antagonistic. For example, community and fatherhood; remediation and history; performativity and materiality; and, finally, orality and biography.
It also explores Lanceta’s interest in collaborative work formats based on dialogues that it establishes with the help of “creative accomplices”, including Olga Diego, Pedro G. Romero and Xabier Salaberria; curator Leire Vergara; the La Trinxera collective; filmmaker Virginia García del Pino; the artist and thinker Nicolas Malevé who, with members of the Museum’s educational department and students and teachers from the Miquel Tarradell high school, has been developing the project “The professions of Raval” for several years.
Lanceta’s practice reveals the construction of a popular narrative reminiscent of that described by Annie Albers in her book On weaving (1965), written after his travels through various Mexican communities. Like Albers in Monte Albán (Oaxaca), Lanceta found in the Middle Atlas traditional techniques with which she identified, techniques that turned to the popular crafts of the present, to heritage, to the everyday world of the senses and towards a possible material representation. unfathomable.
Related activities and publications
Accompanying the exhibition, a series of activities, visits and seminars will be presented by many of Lanceta’s “creative accomplices”, such as the “Let’s talk…” discussion cycle and the “Hosts” project, a series of group in the exhibition galleries hosted by the students of the “Les Métiers du Raval” project.
With writing by Teresa Lanceta, the shared author project Subir y bajar escalators (Going up and down the stairs) will be presented on the occasion of the Night of the Museums on Saturday May 14 and will consist of a reading by Pedro G. Romero of texts by Teresa Lanceta, accompanied by the dancers Javiera de la Fuente, Fuensanta “La Moneta ” and Ana Morales.
In June, the seminar Mirar de reojo (Looking Out of the Corner of the Eye) will focus on the act of weaving and politics, presenting a space for dialogue, poetry and ideas about the social, spatial and temporal skills that emerge from the act of weaving in open-source. In addition to Teresa Lanceta, the seminar will include contributions from Natasha Ginwala, Bonaventure Ndikung, Grant Watson, Luz Pichel, Iniciativa Sexual Femenina, and exhibition curators Nuria Enguita and Laura Vallés Vílchez.
The publication Teresa Lanceta: open source weaving documents Lanceta’s exhibition at MACBA. It includes his co-written projects, a conversation with the curators, and contributions from Miguel Morey, Bonaventure Ndikung and Laura Vallés Vílchez.
Exhibition curated by Núria Enguita and Laura Vallés Vílchez.
Co-produced by the MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the IVAM Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia.