April 22, 2021

'A-moradas: red de arrú', feminism and social action at the Saro León gallery – La Provincia

The collective show A-moradas: red network, curated by the poet Nira Rodríguez Navarro, arrives at the Saro León Gallery this Friday, July 5, at 8:30 p.m., within the program of assistance to young artists living in the city set up by the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. A maids: red network born as an artistic residency project without physical space that links a group of women of an average of 60 years with contemporary art. Directed by artists Nira Santana Rodríguez and Macarena Nieves Cáceres, the protagonists of the initiative, all linked to the collective Fuente de Vida del Cono Sur, access, in many cases for the first time, to official spaces of art, such as the Atlantic Center for Modern Art and San Antonio Abad; to creative processes and the rethinking of schemes and concepts in an initiatory journey that, far from paternalistic approaches, makes them a focus and part of the artistic process.

The conviction raised in the catalog that "It is necessary to rescue the nature of art as a creative strategy of critical thinking and social action" plans on the different steps that have shaped the project that comes to the room under a title that is presented as a play on words: A-dwelling: an artistic space without limits, without residence, without dwelling and, at the same time, a space feminist, reformulation of ideas, rituals and games. On the other hand, Red de arrú talks about the connection that exists between these women who, being different, participate in identical aspects of reality.

The room gives access to different approaches and points of view, from Co-mando Arachne, worked together with Nira Santana Rodríguez, who places the protagonists in the points of the city where they were happy and, by joining them, recreates cobwebs: fifteen constellations that are presented connected to testimonial audio files, to poetics of memory, pieces that arise from the joint work between the participating women and the artist Macarena Nieves Cáceres, facilities that arise from the observation of rituals and games. These women go to their memories, move through the memory and reconfigure the rituals appropriating them in the process.

Thus, networks of connection, sound archives, rescue and reformulation of memory, everyday elements as art matter, lived episodes reconfigured from a new point of view, photos and installations come together in an exhibition that, the opening day, will count, also, with a special performance of the protagonists.
The exhibition, presented as part of the municipal program of support for young artists, which on this occasion supports the young curator, is the last stage of a journey that began in 2017, thanks to the support of the Culture Department of the Canary Islands Government. Those interested can visit it until July 27, from Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 pm, and from 6 pm to 9 pm.

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