How is it created in times of coronavirus? About 14 Spanish artists will try to find out in the second edition of the campaign #14Days14Artists, an initiative of the Spanish consulate in New York that wants to spread the work of young talents through 14 videos and transform the confinement by COVID-19 into artistic material, although “creating during quarantine is contradictory”, as Luna Miguel assures , a young creator.
While already experienced artists such as Rossy de Palma, Santiago Auserón and Kirmen Uribe participated in the first edition, for this sequel the consulate asked the first 14 participants to propose a new name each, with the only condition that it was «an artist young, avant-garde and with strength and travel ».
One of the participants, the poet Luna Miguel, explains that she has collaborated with the narration of a poem entitled “To know how to heal, you have to know how to get sick”, which she wrote about the experience of a sick family member several years ago. “It seemed to me that it was a text that fit this situation, so difficult and in which people need to be very close,” says the writer, who comments that creating during confinement is “contradictory” because although she always works at home, now he does it out of obligation.
«It is not the same to be in the place that you have chosen and the peace of mind that this produces in order to be able to create freely, than to be in a compulsory confinement, where the mind begins to resent and concentration is sometimes impossible, “reflects Luna Miguel, who expects people to hear in his voice” something that relaxes them and ties them to life and hope. ”
Art as a door to freedom
For his part, the painter Diego Complaint He will participate with his piece “Kinetotablas”, a series of paintings on small-format tables with different motifs and processes that address the limits and connections between abstraction and figuration, according to the artist, who notes that this work is in line with work on “the relationship of plastic processes and moving images or the burden of time in painting.”
“Now that we are locked up, it is a good time to realize how in the imagination, creation, poetry or art, multiple doors open that allow us to move around the world in freedom,” reflects the painter, who believes that the project will serve to share their work “from shore to shore”.
Although he claims to spend many hours in his studio and to have an “intense relationship” with solitude before confinement, Quejido longs for another important part of his work: the street, nature and art spaces.
The visual artist Cachito VallésOn the contrary, he believes that people who are dedicated to art can adapt better to confinement because they are usually already subjected to a certain “isolation” and that doing so by obligation can favor their concentration and reduce certain distractions, although they regret not being able to travel to studio, where he works with large-scale structures that he uses in the creation of his works.
He details that he usually works with lighting devices and new technologies through space facilities that address issues related to time, cyclicality, recurring realities or patterns, for example.
“I am very interested in the universal cycles, how the planets move, how this whole temporal question affects nature … I am also interested in seeing how the viewer relates to the object in the room once it is exposed,” says Vallés, who For this initiative, he has prepared a circular structure on his terrace in which he will videoproject a series of geometric elements “that reinforce the idea of temporality and repetition.”
Before a stage, now a hall
For the dancer Marta Gálvez it is “difficult” to work and create right now because she does not have the same inspiration, although she does have the illusion and need, and what was once a studio or stage, now is her kitchen, bedroom or living room .
“It is very different but I still have the same desire as always,” says Gálvez, in whose video he will share Spanish dance and flamenco at home and in his block, making a similarity to the theater by opening the curtains on his window as if it was a curtain behind which he came out feeling “free” with his dance.
“I want society to know that artists continue to create and work and that culture and art are fundamental and necessary,” he adds.
In addition, in this second edition promoted by Santiago Herrero, consul for Cultural Affairs in New York, rappers Bnet y Artes, guitarist Joselito Acedo, illustrator Aina Bestard, painters Charlie Brown Bunny, Clara Cebrián, Miguel Scheroff and Abel will also participate García, the DJ and producer Indira Paganotto, the “traceur” of parkour Alberto Gómez and the visual artist Blanca Gracia.