ACT 33: Matteo Guidi – Giuliana Racco. The Artist and the Stone
Nov 12 2015 – Jan 23 2016 all-day
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Opening: Tuesday 10, November, 7:30 pm

ACT 33: Matteo Guidi – Giuliana Racco, The Artist and the Stone presents the latest work co-developed by the two artists.

Conceived in January 2014, the process-based piece continues the artists’ investigation into the ways people bypass restrictions and limitations in their daily lives, moving through systems imposed on them. The Artist and the Stone speaks of mobility, citizenship, desire and constraint by negotiating the twofold movement of a subject (a performance artist) and an object (a 22-tonne block of stone) from Hebron (West Bank) to Barcelona.

The work originates from In Between Camps (2012), a two-day walk-piece realized in Palestine, following the ground-embedded stone traces of an ancient Roman aqueduct, built to carry water from a Herodian pool (located in the Hebron area) to the ancient city of Jerusalem. The simple daily practice of ‘taking a stroll’ was extended over an expansive and contended territory as an immersive experience concerning geography, history and politics. This search for the ruins from a prior era of colonization was interrupted by the appearance of a giant quarry, literally carving out all layers of and references to geography and history.

The Artist and the Stone emerged one year later, when a colleague -an artist and refugee by birth- expressed his desire to travel from Palestine to Europe in order to develop his artistic practice. Giuliana Racco and Matteo Guidi decided to transform the tension between desire and constraint, manifest in this simple request, by contrasting the process of his movement with that of an object with the same origin: the stone. From its very conception, The Artist and the Stone has catalysed exhibitions, workshops, round tables and pedagogical activities.

For Act 33 in Nivell Zero, Giuliana Racco and Matteo Guidi propose a closing exhibition related to a central phase of the project: the completion of both movements. Starting with In Between Camps, Nivell Zero will host a selection of works tracing the core themes of context, movement, negotiation and desire, giving form to distinct moments of a process that managed to move across strict geo-political limits, while keeping, to this day, its future open.

Matteo Guidi (Cesena, Italy, 1978) is an artist and anthropologist based in Barcelona, working with photography, video and installation.

Giuliana Racco (Toronto, Canada, 1976) is a visual artist whose work moves through drawing, photography, video and installation.

Together Matteo Guidi – Giuliana Racco operate at the intersection of art and anthropology, investigating complex contexts of more or less closed structures, i.e. high security prisons, factories, and, most recently, refugee camps. Their practices look into the ways individuals or groups manage their own movements through strongly defined systems which tend to objectify them and even induce forms of self-restraint. Reflecting on unpredictable methods of daily resistance sparked by a combination of simplicity and ingenuity, they focus on contexts that are considered marginal or exceptional but, in reality, anticipate more common scenarios.

Their work has been exhibited at Disseny Hub and Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona (E), Centro Cultura de España, Montevideo (UY), Kunstuniversität Linz (A), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka and Galerija SIZ Rijeka,(HR), Akademie der Künste der Welt Cologne (D), International Academy Of Art Palestine, Ramallah (PS), Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), SESC de Artes – Mediterrane São Paulo (BR), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain Strasbourg (FR), and the Center For Design Resarch & Education of Hanyang University Kyunggido, Seoul (KR).

Curator: Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio

Project’s website: The Artist and the Stone

Photos: Marzia Matarese

Arash Nassiri
May 26 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm
Arash Nassiri

Opening: Wednesday 25, May, 7:30 pm

The Fundación Han Nefkens and the Fundació Suñol are pleased to jointly present an exhibition by French-Iranian artist Arash Nassiri (Teheran, 1986), to be held at the Nivell Zero of the Fundació Suñol as part of the Festival LOOP 2016. The exhibition includes various works using techniques from the entertainment business, featuring the play of light and special effects.

The exhibition features three works. First, the video Tehran-geles (2014) is a fictional view of Teheran, filmed within the urban landscape of Los Angeles. Along with the video there is a three-screen installation showing the reflection of neon lights on buildings, using old holographic techniques from cinema. Finally, on the exterior, there are three LED panels with animated images of fireworks and light shows, recreating now-obsolete animation from advertising.

Born in 1986 in Tehran, Arash Nassiri works and lives in Paris. He graduated from the National School of Arts (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts-Décoratifs de Paris) in 2012, he also grad­uated from Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts in 2014. During his curriculum he also followed the National School of Fine Arts (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris) in 2007 and the University of the Arts of Berlin where he lived in 2010.
He showcased his work in France and abroad during various exhibitions, at the Biennale de Lyon in 2015, the Panorama exhibitions in 2013 and 2014, the biennale of architecture of Venize, in the exhibition “From the object to the city” organized by the National School of Arts in 2010. In July 2014 his work has been featured in the cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles.
Arash Nassiri also benefitted from prizes like the Grand Prize of video art of Cote Court Pantin 2014 and the Prize Studio Collector.
His work Tehran-Geles (2014), coproduced by the Han Nefkens Foundation, wil be showcased during the Loop Festival (24.05 – 04.06) at the Nivell Zero (Fundació Suñol). Aso, during july he will be running a workshop at Escola Massana, promoted by the HNF.

ACT 34: The Other City. OVNI Archives
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm
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Opening: Thursday 21st, July, 7:30 pm

Nivell Zero at the Fundació Suñol presents ACT 34: The Other City, a series of weekly screenings between 22 July and 8 October 2016 based on a thematic selection of works from the OVNI Archives. These documentaries and pieces of video art provide multiple readings of the concept of the city and offer complex, antagonistic insights into different Mediterranean metropolises.

The six works featured in the show shine a torch into the dark corners of cities such as Barcelona, Cairo, Casablanca, Marseille, Naples and Beirut. Each video will be screened as a looped projection at Nivell Zero on a given day of the week. In parallel, visitors can also watch eight documentaries on demand on two computers in the gallery.

OVNI (Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat) is the Unidentified Video Observatory. The OVNI Archives bring together a constellation of very different audiovisual works driven by an urge to reject the repetitive, cloned images peddled by the corporate media. Over the last 21 years, OVNI has added over 2,000 documents and pieces to its collection to create a register of the dreams, desires and nightmares of our age. The wide range of subjects encompassed provides a myriad of critical insights into contemporary society and culture. On this occasion, the works selected for ACT 34 at Nivell Zero focus on analysing the concept of the city as a diverse, living, alternating phenomenon. Seen through this prism, the other city is an imagined, dreamed, stifled, revolutionised, abandoned place that eschews the neoliberal paradigm of the metropolis as a stage for doing business and disdains the identical, cloned theme-park cities found in so many places across the world.

Calendar of screenings:
Morning screenings: 11am-12am-1pm / Afternoon screenings: 4pm–5pm–6pm-7pm
Port Trade Portrait. David Batlle. 2014. Spain. OV in Catalan with English subtitles. 37’
Morning screenings: 11am-12am-1pm / Afternoon screenings: 4pm–5pm–6pm-7pm
CAIRO > Erhal [Leave]
. Marc Almodóvar. 2011. Egypt/Spain. OV in Arabic with Spanish subtitles. 55′
Morning screenings: 11am-12:30am / Afternoon screenings: 4pm-6pm
CASABLANCA > Des  Murs et des Hommes. Dalila Ennadre. 2013. Morocco/France. OV in Arabic with Spanish subtitles. 82′
Morning screenings: 11am-12:30am / Afternoon screenings: 4pm-6pm
MARSEILLE > La Raison du Plus Fort. Patric Jean. 2003. France. OV in French with Spanish subtitles. 83’
Morning screenings: 11am-12:30am / Afternoon screenings: 4pm-6pm
> In Purgatorio. Giovanni Cioni. 2009. Italy. OV in Italian with Spanish subtitles. 69′
Afternoon screenings: 4pm–5pm–6pm-7pm
BEIRUT > Ça sera Beau. From Beyrouth with Love. Waël Noureddine. 2005. Lebanon/France. OV in French with Spanish subtitles. 30′

Photos: Èric Pàmies

Open conversation. ACTE 34: The Other City
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Monday, 3rd October, 2016, at 6:30pm, at Nivell Zero

Open conversation with Toni Serra *) abu ali (OVNI Archives) and the authors of the videos of ACTE 34: The Other City: Marc Almodóvar, David Batlle and Giovanni Cioni, who will reflect on their works in particular and open discussion on the evolution of cities in the conflicts of global capitalism.

ACTE 35: Tatiana Busto Garcia. Paisaje en Fuga (microhistorias en una ciudad interrumpida)
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
ACTE 35: Tatiana Busto Garcia. Paisaje en Fuga (microhistorias en una ciudad interrumpida)

Opening: Tuesday 25, October, 7:30 pm

ACTE 35: Tatiana Busto Garcia. Paisaje en Fuga (microhistorias en una ciudad interrumpida) shows the work that the artist has made thanks to Han Nefkens’ Scholarship – 2015 UB’s Postgraduate students. This exhibition, coordinated by Fundació Suñol, Fundació Han Nefkens and MA in Artistic Production and Research (Fine Arts Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona), shows how the artist takes the city of Barcelona as a laboratory for fortuitous encounters using a visual and literary thinking with high poetic content. The show gathers the resulting installations from five different itineraries through the city that can be read transversally.

Tatiana Busto Garcia uses similar practices to the situacionists in order to get in touch with less considered urban areas, entering the psychology of subjectivities of small territories that make up the subject of her work. As noted by the exhibition curator, Teresa Blanch, the city is an excellent landscape of potentialities while being a factory of desires and disappointments, trusts and conflicts hidden under the layers of its signals and endless rumors. The artist takes this city as the setting for her project, performing a work that is a portrait of how every corner of the city is constituted by the contingencies of the people who live there.

Tatiana Busto Garcia (São Paulo, Brazil, 1981). Visual artist and writer. Degree in Film Studies at FAAP (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado) of São Paulo and MA in Artistic Production and Research at the Universitat de Barcelona, where she obtained the Han Nefkens’ Scholarship/ UB 2015. She has published three books that have been awarded for their complex, intelligent and subtle prose. Her work investigates experimental narrative languages in the field of literature, film and installation.

ACT 36: . Jordi Mitjà. Sculpture is not important
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 11 @ 8:00 pm
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The first exhibition at the Nivell Zero of 2017 shows an unprecedented project by artist Jordi Mitjà (Figueres, 1970). In this context, Mitjà projects drawings, sculptures and photographs, that are the result of investigating and thinking about new possibilities based on techniques, situations and materials used in the locksmith trade, the profession that his father -now retired- has carried out all his life.

The artist thus incorporates the paternal figure in the process of gestation of these works to discuss the trade and its options, with the intention of subverting and parasitizing them. This dialogue and works, often in common between father and son, constitue the whole set of works where the artist proposes different approaches in relation to materials and techniques, and mainly to the idea of ​​sculpture. In the words of the artist “this project is a reunion with the family trade that I discarded to dedicate myself to the art”.

Throughout his career, Jordi Mitjà disables materials, radically changes his functions, completely distorts the roles of the spaces in which he exposes, in a constant and intuitive search that questions the very status of art and opens new routes.

By using different techniques and registers –sculpture, photography or video, for example– his work suggests the appropriation of different contexts that he takes via a high emotional complicity with his models and the starting points he chooses. He stablishes a complex work dynamic that concentrates its intensity in the production process and the negotiation time between the idea and the final resolution and that incorporates aspects such as intuition, trial, error or accident.

Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – May 6 @ 8:00 pm

1977 was a key year for the cultural and political transformation of Spain and Barcelona had a main role as a radical and liberal city that has been often overlooked. Nevertheless, those strikes, actions and social upheavals changed forever the mindsets and daily lives of hundreds. Forty years later, its creators review the revolutionary implications of Ajoblanco magazine to those social movements. Ajoblanco is still valid in present times and, furthermore, it provides facts and datum about the Spanish Transition.

Photos: Inma Alcario

ACT 37: Marc Larré. De aquellas fotos estos barros
May 23 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
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The word-game that names this exhibition can be seen as a starting point to situate Marc Larré (Barcelona, 1978) and his artistic investigations. His work puts disciplinary logics upside-down: photography refers to sculpture and sculpture takes the typical qualities of the photographic media. This reversal mechanism allows for a thorough exploration of fundamental issues related to the image. Larré goes beyond understanding the photographic fact as a document or representation, in order to emphasize its objectual dimension.

By revisiting the technical and disciplinary options of photography and sculpture, the artist outlines the naked object as a central element of the creative act and at the same time he adds a whole new layer of meanings based on the experience of the event to it: the action takes shape in matter and space. At Nivell Zero’s exhibition, this is manifested through a particular component: clay. Larré works this material as if it was a sensitive plate where to pour the semantic field proper to the use and consumption of photography.

ACT 38: Mònica Planes. Nivell Zero
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm
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In Act 38 at Nivell Zero, Mònica Planes shrinks the exhibition space down so that we can touch it with our hands and relate to it in different ways; she invites us to explore its possibilities in our head and peel back its many layers and characters. In short, she replicates it over and over again, stripping it down to its core structure, its zero state. In a world of images in the midst of a crisis of presence, she conjures up objects which become close-up images that connect with the environment that surrounds and contains us. In turn, these items equip us with tools to create our own place, like playing a wordless game of observation and associations.

Each of the pieces that furnish the gallery—from the most rigorously literal to the simplest and most geometrically abstract—talks of the site that contains it: Nivell Zero at the Fundació Suñol. But if we understand space as the arrangement of the items that occupy it, the artist here defines it through sculptural manipulations that both rearrange and transform it. In this way, her work intertwines sight and presence in a self-referential game in which architecture, model and object dress themselves up as one another and swap the appearances and properties that let us recognise them.

 Mònica Planes filters into Nivell Zero to make use of what can be found here when it is supposedly empty. The floor tiles, the concrete, the light and the glass, even the institution’s logo: these are all her raw materials for creating pieces that become prolongations of space.

Mònica Planes graduated in fine art from the University of Barcelona (2014) and did a Master’s Degree in Artistic Production and Research (2014–2016). In 2016 she was awarded both the Han Nefkens/UB Grant and the Fundació Felícia Fuster Sculpture Grant, and this year she won a grant from the Fundació Guasch Coranty. After finishing her master’s degree, she undertook an artist’s residence at Montrouge, Paris, as part of the Jeune Création Européenne programme, and she is currently an artist-in-residence at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona, on a 2017 SAC-FIC grant.

Closed for new exhibition installation
Sep 4 – Sep 26 all-day
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The Fundació Suñol will remain closed for the new exhibition installation, Fernando Vijande. Portrait: 1971 – 1987, the oppening of which will be next September 26 at 19:30.