Invidual residencies / Olot

MERY CUESTA REIGADA

From Tuesday, 17 January 2023 to Monday, 23 January 2023

MERY CUESTA REIGADA
Cultural critic, art curator and teacher
Barcelona

Bio

Cultural critic and Art curator. As a critic, she has developed her career in the newspapers La Vanguardia and El Mundo, as well as in Radio Nacional de España (Radio3 and RNE1). She has curated more than thirty exhibitions around visual culture, cinema, outsider art and contemporary art, including "Quinquis de los 80: Cine, Prensa y Calle" (CCCB), "Bálsamo y Fuga: Artistic creation in the penitentiary institution" (CaixaForum), or "Absurd humour: A constellation of nonsense in Spain" (CA2M). She was the curator of the Catalan Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale (Institut Ramon Llull). She is the Director of the Master’s Degree in Illustration and Comics at ELISAVA, adjunct professor of Contemporary Art in the Faculty of Audiovisual Communication at Pompeu Fabra University, and a doctoral student at the same university. Her two most recent essays are "La Rue del Percebe de la Cultura" (Ed. Consonni) and "Absurd Humour" (Ed. Astiberri).

Project

During my residency at Faberllull, I am going to delve deeper into my research "Skullculture: Symbologies of the skull in the contemporary public sphere", a project that culminates in two ways: as a book and as an exhibition. I started this research in 2013 and now I have the opportunity to publish it and to construct an ambitious exhibition script. "Skullculture" explores the symbolism that the image of the skull has accumulated to this day: as a panic icon, as a pop object (in movies, in comics, in illustration), as a symbol of dissidence (in subcultures, in tattoos) or even as an occultist object. The trail of the skull in different time contexts is very eloquent for understanding the different attitudes towards death adopted by society in different periods. The project traverses fields such as art, cinema, illustration, emblematics, comics and fashion.

Notícies, articles i activitats

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