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2005-10-26 until 2005-12-18
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona
The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona presents the
exhibition ‘Meanwhile...’ by Ivan Zulueta, curated by Álvaro
Machinbarrena, which will run in Hall -1 of the CCCB from 26 October
to 18 December 2005.
The exhibition includes two practically unshown works by Ivan
Zulueta, well known for his filmography and graphic work: his long
series of Polaroids and the Super-8 features made between 1971 and
The title of the exhibition refers to the parallel nature of these works,
developed simultaneously with the rest of his output, and also
reproduces a phrase (‘Meanwhile...’) that is recurrent in many of his
Polaroids, appearing like a wipe or a transition vignette.
The series of polaroids in the exhibition will show just part of
Zulueta’s vast body of work, using a layout that avoids distorting the
intention of the author, who is very interested in the potential of
Polaroids to ‘construct’ stories. In the end, the Polaroids become
arrested images in a vast collection of picture cards or comic-book
The editing of Polaroids also represents the obsessive, excessive
ingredient that shapes Zulueta’s work and his way of working. For
many years, Ivan Zulueta shut himself up at home. In this self-exile,
he compulsively photographed the walls of his room, producing
thousands of Polaroids.
The Super 8 selection brings together some early works and others
that might be considered by the contemporary eye to be pure
exercises in image, with neither start nor finish, and which contribute
to a greater understanding of his work.
The exhibition will be accompanied by two documentary videos: one
more general, related to the work Arrebato and the film’s moment of
conception, and the other centring on the process of the exhibition,
more related to his Polaroids.
In addition, some of Zulueta’s cinematographic work will be
presented at the Barcelona Independent Film Festival,
L’Alternativa, which will take place from 11 to 19 November 2005 at
the CCCB. Visitors will be able to see the artist’s two full-length films,
Arrebato and 1,2,3, escondite inglés, as well as some shorts and joint
ventures with Televisión Española.
The exhibition is a production of La Casa Encendida, Madrid, where
Zulueta’s Polaroids went on show from March to June 2005. Before
travelling to Barcelona, the exhibition was held at the Museo Patio
Herreriano in Valladolid (July-September 2005).
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