Cronicle #atòpica, Day 1

We celebrate the fifth edition of the festival with a rainstorm that makes us think of the universal deluge while we dance to the rhythm of Miss Yuls adequately refugees in the deconsecrated Church of the old Convent of San José and Santa Teresa, today reconverted in the Convent Carmen, neuralgic center of this year’s Intramurs.

The day begins with a series of interviews of the programme team Metropolis , from La 2 of TVE, which has travelled to Valencia to report on our fifth anniversary. I anticipate them and start asking Lesley Wendell about her work. explains to me that she began to work with hard and heavy materials, such as stone and iron, but when she came to live in the Penedés, the agricultural way of life, and the cycles of rural time, led her to change not only the themes but also the materials and even the ways of doing things, since then she has been trying to integrate the rhythm and voice of the environment in her artistic productions.

The piece he has installed in the Church recalls the shape of a large citrus juicer, built with a network of branches, which has been conceived specifically for Valencia. The artist is very interested in the landscape and way of life in our territory, so different from that of her native country and deeply marked by the processes of cultivation and marketing of orange. Me explains that what is shown today in Intramurs is only a part of the project, as he has marked several interviews with people related to the subject and with them he is going to produce an audiovisual that will complete and give new meaning to his installation. Also the positive connotations that in English contains the word squeeze, aspect that is lost in the translation as squeezer, reason why it maintains the title in its language.

At some point in the conversation we are joined Susi Blas, editor of Metropolis and independent exhibition curator. We both agree in assessing the appropriate scale of your project. A little earlier, Lesley had been explaining to me his interest in natural perfumes and I remember and share it with Blas, so we ended up talking about the pleasant smell of nature that his work gives off. An ecologically committed naturalness that clashes head-on, and for good, with the project of Pablo Milicua that shares space with his. But I will talk about this other work later, because I have already agreed with Milicua an in-depth talk about his work.

Written by Domingo Mestre

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