SITUACIONES

21-03-2009 / 23-05-2009

Antoni Muntadas

The title of the Antoni Muntadas’ second individual exhibition in La Fabrica Galeria takes us to his last reflection about questions posed by space and situations created in the everyday. The exhibition will include two of his most recent photographic series, Situaciones (2008) that includes 23 photographs, and Media Site / Media Monuments (Buenos Aires) (2007) consisting of 20 photographs.

In this exposition Muntadas will present a redefinition of the contemporary landscape and urban spaces as active places where people relate to each other and change as a result of time and this creates new constructions, new ways of transportation and moving around through new technologies and new ways of life, generic spaces and situations where citizen turns into an anonymous one.

Visitors will also find two versions of the project Media Sites/ Media Monuments, devoted in 1998 to Budapest, in 1981 to Washington, as well as most recently in 2007 to Buenos Aires. All of them have been marked by political and social facts that visitors remember thanks to monuments created by the media and where remainder are silence and oblivion.

The work of Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942) tackles social, political and communication issues, like relationship between public and private space within specific social frameworks, or information channels and the way they are used to censure or promote ideas. His projects develop in different media: photography, video, publications, Internet and multimedia installations. He studied at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales in Barcelona and the Pratt Graphic Center in New York, where he lives from 1971.

He has taught and directed seminars in different institutions in Europe and United States, including the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux and Grenoble, the University of California in San Diego, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Cooper Union in New York and the University of Sao Paulo. He has also been resident artist and professor of various research and education centres, including the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, the Banff Centre in Alberta, the Arteleku in San Sebastian, the Studio National des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy and the University of Western Sydney. He currently is guest professor of the Visual Arts Program at MIT’s School of Architecture, in Cambridge and the Venice University Institute of Architecture.

Muntadas has received several prizes and grants including those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Electronica in Linz, Laser d’Or in Locarno and the Premi Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques de la Generalitat de Catalunya. One of his last prizes is the Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas 2005, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

His works have been exhibited throughout the world, including the MoMA in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum in California, the Musee Contemporain de Montreal, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona. As per his participation in biennial and exhibitions, it is worth mentioning his presence at VI and X Editions of the Documenta in Kassel (1977, 1997) and Venice biennial (1976, 2005), also that of the Whitney Museum of American Art (1991), as well as those of Sao Paulo, Lyon, Taipei, Gwangju and La Habana.

Among his last remarkable individual exhibitions are Muntadas/Bs.As (2007) organized simultaneously in the Espacio Fundacion Telefonica-Centro Cultural Recoleta and the CCEBA in Buenos Aires; La construccion del miedo y la perdida de lo publico (2008) in Centro Jose Guerrero, of Granada Council, and Petit et Grand, Instituto Cervantes, Institut Culturel Espagnol et Latino Americain de Paris.

Antoni Muntadas