7 July 2010 to 6 February 2011 – The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Carbon paper, sugar, carpets, tea glasses… Latifa Echakhch (El Khnansa, Morocco, 1974) may use everyday materials in her works, but the result is by no means ordinary. Spanish playing cards, tartrazine (a food colouring used as a cheap substitute for saffron) and flagpoles are the three central elements in an intervention at the Capella MACBA produced for what is the first exhibition in Spain by an artist whose work has been shown at the Tate Modern (London) and the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel. It was in March that the Peruvian artist Armando Andrade Tudela (Lima, 1975) fired the opening shots as the Capella MACBA embarked on a new line of action aimed at presenting works especially produced for this exhibition space. Now, Latifa Echakhch writes the second chapter with an installation (really, three installations, but fused into a single project) that takes its inspiration from waves of North African immigrants, fleeing poverty or taking part in warlike expeditions, that have settled in Spain, over the centuries. However, the work also forms a dialogue with Echakhch’s own origins. Though she was born in Morocco, the French artist lives between Paris and Martigny (Switzerland). It is precisely ambiguities of meaning, with all their implicit contradiction, paradox and derision, that form the basis for Echakhch’s non-conformist strategy.

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