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Entorno meetingExploration, a collective sampleto recover and rediscover what surrounds us through artistic experience.

FotoManuelCastells/Commissioners and artists of the exhibition 'Entorno meeting Exploración' at MUN

08 | 09 | 2021

An invitation to recover, rediscover and relearn what surrounds us. This is the proposal of Environment meeting Exploration sample that inaugurates the new exhibition season of the Museo Universidad de Navarra, selected from the Final Projects of Master's Degree of the 2nd promotion of Master's Degree in programs of study of Curatorship taught at the center. The proposal brings together works by ten artists from Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Canada and the United Kingdom: Daniela Acosta, Iñaki Chávarri, Olalla Gómez, Raúl Hevia, Antón Hurtado, Fernando Maselli, Ricardo Moreno, Kate McLean, Jessica Thompson and Ainize Txopitea.

The curators Renata Alvarez, Manuel Gamaza and Maria Angelica Moreno, graduates of Master's Degree and members of Colectivo Sobremesa; the artists Anton Hurtado, Ainize Txopitea and Olalla Gomez; and the director of postgraduate program, Nieves Acedo, took part in the presentation . "The sample seeks to reflect on the sense of instability and fragility that the pandemic and confinement have left us. It arises from a need to encourage audience participation and make them feel indispensable. That is why there are many works that require the interaction of the public to be activated," explained Gamaza.


Therefore, visitors have an active role in the sample, participating in the operation in some works directly or deepening them through the QR codes that will find next to each piece or on the website that complements the sample:"For us it was extremely important that the artists had a direct connection with the public, with research, and that they were oriented to the didactic, since this is a university museum. We were looking for a direct link and we want people who visit exhibition to feel connected to the space. The word core topic is meeting and we are looking for that between the artists, the visitors and the pieces," said Alvarez. In this line, Moreno recalled that the approach began during the pandemic, "although many works were conceived before, but they were interested in the environment, in knowing oneself and how we recognize ourselves in front of others. At exhibition we can transmit that experience and understand what it means to live together in a space".

Thus, the public will be able to visit spaces in different cities through the different works, with which they will be able to interact. Pamplona is very present in the sample with works such as Smellmap, by the English artist Kate McLean, who had already made an olfactory map in Pamplona in 2014 and is now looking to expand. "We proposed to create a new update with a participatory map in which they can intervene in the conference room. Then we created the contrast between how it smelled then and how it smells now, from the Museum," explains the curator. Another of the proposals related to the capital of Navarre, in this case sound, is Borderlineby Canadian Jessica Thompson. "The artist maps the sounds and this project alludes to the invisible limits of the cities and, through an app, investigates effects such as gentrification, pollution, displacement in the neighborhoods...", says Gamaza.

Interpersonal connection

Another of the spaces that brings sample closer is the most outstanding market in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias, through the work Bazurto Marketby Ricardo Moreno, which reproduces its sensory environment. Or the works place Mayor y Planned Spaces by Argentina's Fernando Maselli, who captures spontaneous moments in Madrid neighborhoods where people meet on public streets. Likewise, Raúl Hevia from Asturias proposes a journey through color through Bilbao with his work History of painting in Bilbao through 8 districts, 39 neighborhoods, 872 streets, 1 file, 453 samples, 2 legs and a map; and Iñaki Chávarri, from Madrid, exhibits the piece Separate, unitein which the phases of water act as elements of geographic and spatial union, transcending human barriers.

For her part, Olalla Gómez, from Madrid, explained at presentation her proposal, entitled FREEDOMIt is an interactive work that is turned off until people pass in front of it and activate it. A minimum of three is needed for it to be completed. It is a call to interdependence and to connect. There is a mutual affect." The Colombian Daniela Acosta also addresses this topic , who in The price of freedom she records the farewell of her grandmother and her sister at an airport, a moment full of uncertainty.

Also taking part in the presentation were Antón Hurtado from Pamplona, who presents a set of nine pieces and claims "the sensations that occur in the process of painting because painting represents a meeting with oneself". Likewise, Ainize Txopitea from San Sebastian has highlighted the keys to her two proposals: "it is a diptych that deals with the sensations that occur in the process of painting because painting represents a with oneself".The time is now is a diptych that addresses an issue that has always interested me a lot, to understand the archetypes of nature and the passage of time through its contemplation. Interestellar women sample An exile to another planet in search of peace and vitality and a vindication of women in a safe place, in another galaxy".

In addition, complementary activities will be offered to the public. There will be guided tours in person and online, as well as workshops with artists Raúl Hevia (open to all citizens) and Jessica Thompson (aimed at students of Campus of the University of Navarra) and a special proposal for the association Eunate.