Eulalia Valldosera, Botellas interactivas
(Forever living Products #3): oir 2009
Galleria Impronte Contemporary Art is pleased to present Dependencias, a solo exhibition by the Spanish artist Eulalia Valldosera, which will be inaugurated on September 15, 2011 and will show as an Italian preview some of her most recent works, Forever Living Products, presented in the important anthological exhibition held at Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum in 2009 and restored for this occasion.
Eulalia Valldosera's works range freely from photography to performance, installation and video. Aiming to bridge the gap between art and everyday life, in her works conceived as scenographies to be completed by the presence of the audience, the duality expressed by light in opposition to darkness has sublty extended to the moral field using the metaphor of cleaning as a way to explore the notions of identity, love and illness. Her investigation on the relationship we establish with our objects and belongings focuses on interpersonal relations and the roles that women play within the family and society, and allows her to create situations were spectators abandon their normally passive roles to play an active part in her installations.
In Dependencias she examines the strong ties that link our private sphere to the social, historical and political context in which we live, underlining how certain mechanisms can fashion the manner in which we interact, observe and behave in the world.
Commercial packages of cleaning and cleansing products are a leitmotiv running through Eulalia Valldosera's installations by which we feel the tension between the personal sphere and the collective experience. The notion of art as a valuable commodity is called into question in a gesture that imparts value to banal everyday objects. Interactive Bottles (Forever Living Products # 3) (2008) are invisible manipulated containers that invite us to explore them physically and privately as shown in three posters that illustrate this ongoing project. Detergent bottles then become an anonymous device designed to eliminate negative memories from the user's past experience or to give access to a series of testimonies narrating experiences that, in the artists words "some people would rather erase from their lives". By bringing such accounts of domestic abuse and sexual harassment in work situations to light, Valldosera points out that relationships in the public sphere are established in a curve of tension ranging from feelings of humiliation to feelings of respect that reveal the uncomfortable truth concerning the guilt of the innocent.
The series of photographs entitled Limpiezas taken in Italy and Barcelona introduce us to her latest statement in which the concept of cleaning is linked to its sociological background. Made as fieldwork show us a series of immigrant persons from a variety of origins engaged in the cleaning of public spaces and monuments.
In the video-performance Dependencia Mutua, made at the Archaeological Museum in Naples, a woman of Ukrainian origin dusts an imposing statue of the emperor Claudius: an action that cancels centuries of hegemonic and subordinate roles, challenging a historical symbol of male power.
Some satellite works as the two photographs Borrar (Dependencia Mutua #3) and Limpiar (Dependencia Mutua #5), expand the subject of cleaning as a way to erase and trascend identity. The small video Liuba ) is a documentary about the cleaning lady and plays as a counterpart of the theatrically conceived performance. and the series of documentary
Eulalia Valldosera explains: "The performance Dependencia Mutua is an action that came as a response to certain highly topical moral positions; it is not merely a metaphor for well-known stories that go beyond Italian politics, but also the way in which the entire image of power penetrates human behaviour. Perhaps the thing that unites the extremes of social class is in our psyche: the powerful individual establishes a relationship of mutual dependence with the subordinate. Each role needs to other to justify its presence in the world."
The installation Street Lamp (2001), exhibited in the form of a video and a photograph, links a public and a private space. A lamppost which is turned inwards and through a window, peeps into a home: again we have the personification of objects which are capable of looking into people's intimacy and shedding light on their day-to-day privacy.
Eulalia Valldosera has received international recognition and is one of Spain's leading exponents of contemporary art.
Particular mention should be made of her participation in numerous Biennials, including Lyon (2009), São Paulo (2004), Istanbul (1998) Johannesburg (1998), Sydney (1996) and Kwangju (1995), a vast retrospective in 2000 at the the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and the anthological exhibition at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in 2009 .
Eulalia Valldosera was born in 1963 in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona), Spain
Selected exhibitions held since 2006
Art Barter Madrid C Arte C, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Dependencias mutuas. Empleadas del hogar y crisis de los cuidados Casa de la Mujer, Zaragoza (Cat.), Spain
Dependencia Mutua Galería La Fábrica, Madrid, Spain
Dependencia Mutua Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain
Centenario MNBA. Del pasado al presente: Migraciones Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile (Cat.), Chile
La sombra del habla. Colección MACBA NMCA, Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Korea (Cat.)
Migraciones Femeninas Maison des Cultures de St Gilles, Fundación 1º de Mayo , Bruxelles, Belgium
Everyday (s ), Casino Luxembourg - Forum d' Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
Dependencias. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS, Madrid (Cat. y DVD), Spain
Biennale de Lyon, La Sucriére, Lyon, France (Cat.);
El discreto encanto de la tecnología. Artes en España. Neue Gallerie Graz, Austria;
Costa Brava s. XXI Fontana d'Or, Fundació Caixa de Girona, Girona, Spain (Cat.)
Objetos generados Espai Visor, València, Spaibn
Intercambio. Intervención en el edificio DHC, EXPOAGUA, Zaragoza, Spain (Cat.);
El discreto encanto de la tecnología. Artes en España. MEIAC (Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo), Badajoz ( cat. ) and ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany ( cat. )
Arte Español 1957-2007. Palazzo Sant'Elia, Palermo , Italy (Cat)
Aquí hay tomate. Intervención urbana permanente, plaza del Forum, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelone 1947/2007. Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul , France (Cat.) ;
Utopies Quotidianes, I. Centrale Électrique, Bruxelles, Belgium (Cat.)
KISS KISS BANG BANG, 45 años de Arte y Feminismo. Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain (Cat.) ;
Expansiones implosivas. Derivas de la escultura en la colección Caja de Burgos. Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, Spain (Cat.)
Lugares de trabajo. CAI, Zaragoza, Spain (Cat.);
Picasso to Plensa: A Century of Art from Spain. The Albuquerque Museum, Alburquerque, New Mexico , USA y The Salvador Dalí Museum, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA. (Cat.)
Eulalia Valldosera's works can be found in important public collections, including MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Fundaciò MACBA, Barcelona; Coleccion Fundacion La Caixa, Barcelona; the Deutche Bank Collection; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Brussels; and the Van Uytfanghe-Vandermeulen Collection, Gant.