Exhibition: 18.10.2018 – 11.11.2018
Opening: 18.10.2018, 18:00
“Biotopías” – Exhibition of PSJM with Basurama, Luna Bengoechea, Carmela García y Santiago Morilla
LOCATION: Gabinete Literario de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Plaza de Carrasco
135002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/ES
An exhibition to bring environmental problems into the public consciousness
Four artists present their work in the Literary Cabinet of the Gran Canaria curated by PSJM with the aim of bringing environmental issues into public consciousness. The exhibition presents the works of Basurama, Luna Bengoechea, Carmela García y Santiago Morilla, all of them are actively focusing on ecological problems.
“Biotope”, in biology and ecology, refers to an area of uniform environmental conditions that provides vital space for a set of flora and fauna: a living environment. The term “Biotopias” is a neologism that PSJM proposes to poetically characterize aesthetic responses to the situation of the planetary urgency of taking action. Biotopías includes the meaning of biotope, but also relates to the “space theory” of Foucault in which, the French philosopher was distinguishing three classes of spaces: the Topías (the real and daily spaces), the Utopias (the ideal, not (real) spaces) and the Heterotopías (the real spaces, but separated from the daily life).
All the pieces of the exhibition have been created specifically for the occasion.
In Love We Trash. Las Palmas GC it is the last one of a series of projects in which the group Basurama uses the plastic of waste to generate inflatable spaces. Two icons of the consumerist society, the carrier bag of the supermarket and the plastic of packing, are turned into raw material to build a big space based on air produced by fans.
The artist Moon Bengoechea presents ‘Elaeis guineensis’ shows a series of drawings combined with a light installation. It draws our attention to the loss of biodiversity, the disappearance of the habitat of species. Furthermore, it questions the environmental impacts to the pollution of the waters and the air provoked by manmade big fires and by the plantations of palm oil. His work is centered on discovering clean and elegantly finished poetics with certain aspects related to the many risks of our society.
The photographer Carmela García brings the ecofeminism point of view to the exhibition. Her series ‘Paradise’, realized in 2003, wrapped one of the walls of the room from soil to roof, brings the poetical proclamation of a new world.
‘Locative Breathing’ is the work of Santiago Morilla where a sidecar welded to a bicycle consists of the production of a greenhouse. When visitors walk on the dredge they are closing an autonomous system of breathing. The pipe of breathing connects the mask of the cyclist with the interior of the greenhouse, which acts as a portable filter.