LAZNIA 1 2009 - TO HAVE & TO LOSE. Three projects by Mireia Sallarès24.04-07.06.2009

24 APRIL AT 7.30 PM
The lost Paradise, the small death, women’s sexuality, freedom, identity and existence. Through three installations, consisting of video projections, neon light, posters and photographs in light shafts, Mireia Sallarés presents the viewer with her encounter with various women’s narratives of destiny. Through the women’s personal life stories, she depicts the way each woman creates her own identity in relation to the social structures.
The stories revolve around an Algerian woman and her mobile pizza truck, a young Spanish girl trying to get an American residence permit, and Mexican women, whose sexuality are connected with joy as well as assaults from the country’s macho culture.
In “To Have & to Lose”, Mireia Sallarès’ projections, scenes and installations aim at recreating and reflecting on the cynicism, absurdity, pain and loneliness that she believes the citizens are often suffering from. She gets her ideas from her own story, from her friends, and not least from the people she meets in the public space.

Projects presented in the framework of To Have & To Lose exhibition: Las Muertes Chiquitas /Little Deaths/ (2008), Mi Visado de Modelo II /My Model’s Visa II/ (2005), Le Camion de Zahïa, Conversations Après Le Paradis Perdu (2005)

Curator: Moritz Neumüller
Cooperation at Laznia CCA: Anna Szynwelska
Cooperation: Beata Cegielska / Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark

Mireia Sallarès (Barcelona, 1973)
A graduate in Fine Arts from Barcelona University in 1997, she attended the Art faculty in Athens, Greece, for six months and later trained in audiovisual studies in Barcelona. In 2000 she obtained an artist’s residence at the Art3 centre in Valence, France. The same year she won a training scholarship from the Catalonia Regional Government with which she undertook film and video studies at the New School University and the Film & Video Arts Foundation in New York. While there, she collaborated on several film and theatre productions, in contact with institutions such as Women Make Movies and Vertiginosas (islands). Since 2004 she has formed part of the team of film and documentary makers in the Photographic Social Vision Foundation of Barcelona. She has received several prizes such as the INJUVE in 1999 or the Sinergias, Barcelona 2001. In 2005 she obtained the scholarship Generaciones Caja Madrid for her project Mi Visado de Modelo II presented at ARCO 06 as well as a grant from the Regional Government of Catalonia to produce the project Le camión de Zahïa, conversations après le paradis perdu presented in 2005 at the Espacio Zero1 of the Museo Comarcal de la Garrotxa. Outstanding among other exhibitions are Soy un Animal presented at the Corner00 cycle of the Caja Madrid Cultural Space in Barcelona, 2004, Rendez-vous, le consolador le plus romantique premiered at New Art Barcelona in 2000, Bienvenidos a la sociedad del espectáculo organised by the Matar— ACM in 1999, Ex-Parc d’Atraccions: during the Barcelona Triennial, 2000, the video-creation Monocanal, inaugurated at the MNRS, 2002, and Mirador 06, at the O.K. Centrum, Linz, Austria.

Moritz Neumüller (Linz, Austria, 1972)
Lives and works in Barcelona. A graduate from the University of Vienna in Art History and from the Vienna University of Economics in Commerce, he has worked for the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among other institutions. He has directed various activities of PHotoEspaña, the Spanish Festival of Photography and Visual Arts, in the editions of 2004-2007, and the International Video Festival&Fair LOOP Barcelona, in its edition of 2008. Past curatorial projects on photography and video art include El Otro Lado Del Alma, a traveling exhibition and documentary film on syncretisms in contemporary Cuban photography (2005); the interview-book Bernd & Hilla Becher speak with Moritz Neumüller, published by Fundación Telefónica, Madrid (2005); Import/Export. Un diálogo fotográfico, Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala (2006); and All Inclusive, Fotofestiwal Lodz, Poland (2007), shown also in Dom Fotografie, Slovakia (2008), and at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2008).
Municipal Institution of Culture