Exhibitions

Here you can find information and pictures of my recent exhibitions.

Convidats & Amfitrions

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"Convidats & amfitrions" is a program from the Frederic Marès Museum and the Catalan Art Galleries Association, which consists of the exhibition of three art pieces proceeding from three galleries, shown from March the 13th until June the 20th 2021 on the permanent exhibition rooms of the museum. The program, commissioned by the journalist and art critic Montse Frisach, opens a transversal and timeless dialog between some artworks, rooms of the museum, and the three invited pieces, that the public will find during the visit.
There are different relationships established between the artworks from outside and inside the museum: stylistic, conceptual, contextual, social, and emotional. The visitors have the freedom to find other ties and concomitances between them.

Identities

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The Age of Dignity  - Montse Frisach, journalist and art critic 

 

Marta Fàbregas (Barcelona, 1974) has got a bit of an obsession: collecting old photographs of women from around the world that the world and time have not been able to erase or destroy. The history of anonymous (and not so anonymous) women has never been satisfactorily written but some of their faces and bodies speak to us through paintings and photographs. For most of these women we have no names, which are lost without trace, but one fine day in some distant place a photographer – almost certainly a man – made a portrait of them, perhaps to satisfy the exotic desires of other men of their time. These women are silenced, lost in time, doubly colonised: because they are indigenous in an invaded country and because they are women. But in some cases time has been kind to them and their image has remained frozen in the photographic particles and in a sense they are able to tell us who they were and how they lived.  

The series Colonized is the result of the need that Marta Fabregas felt to collect photographs of voiceless women, mostly from the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. For years now she has been searching for them in markets and antique shops as well as in digital archives. She now has thousands. Four years ago  Fàbregas started to work on some of the images digitally and create different photographic collages using a technique that she calls Transphotography. During the entire process of transforming the image the artist aims to return the dignity to these forgotten, marginalised or enslaved women. If she needs to, she adds elements that help with the dignification such as swatches of luxurious fabrics from the period and the geographical context of the women in the photographs, adding colour and elegance to their clothing. Finally, she transfers the finished image to watercolour paper. Each of these imposing eye-catching collages is a unique work.   

In the series Kairos, some pieces of which are also included in this exhibition, the process is the same but in this case the collage is already made before it is transferred to paper. The image appears without breaks or fissures to form a graphic-looking work. Here Fàbregas selects parts of the face with a more intimist focus which alludes to the specific moment when something happens that changes our lives forever – kairos.  

In a world saturated with images and where photography has become virtually an everyday activity, no longer possessing such a component of ritual, Marta Fàbregas takes the old photographs and metamorphoses them to create new  works of art that also reference the colonisations of the present. Millions of new photos must be produced every minute, so why not recycle the old ones, and give them the value and importance that they were unable to enjoy at the time? This is the question the artist is asking. In this ecological spirit of the image, Fàbregas give new meanings to the photographs rescued from the past. Although they come from geographical places that are very far from one another and different social positions, her protagonists are united by an invisible thread that talks of domination, sexism, power, and resilience. These are the things that a young African girl, an Indian dancer and a Japanese geisha have in common. Despite the fact that some are laughing, like the young Algerian girl (Colonized, no. 11), there is a general sense of melancholy in all of them goes beyond time. Seeing all of them in the same room is proof that together they are stronger and their voices are louder.  

Looking at these works it is clear that Marta Fàbregas is constantly searching for beauty. Uncomplicated beauty. But in doing so her motive is not purely aesthetic but also one of activism and commitment, as seen in the actions and workshops that she regularly offers with groups of women. Art and beauty at the service of the community and feminism. 

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4ARenTEna

Pigment Gallery opens the virtual exhibition 4ARenTEna presenting 4 small-format works by 10 artists from its gallery.  They aim to donate a part of the funds raised to the Cassià-Just Foundation, a social company that through gastronomy offers decent jobs to people with mental fragility or social exclusion.

Pigment gallery, 193 Rosselló street, Barcelona, Spain

May 2020

Universos en suspensión

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Pigment gallery, 193 Rosselló street, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Gallery Weekend

From October the 10th to October the 13th, 2019

Marta Fàbregas - Luis Coquenâo

Colonized

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Ariel Jakob Galerie, Paris

From June the 20th to July the 20th, 2019

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the funding of 

Institut Ramon Llull

Colonized

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Pigment gallery, 193 Rosselló street, Barcelona, Spain

From February the 7th to March the 19th, 2019

Opened from Monday to Friday from 10.00h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 20.00h, and Saturdays from 11.00h to 14.00h