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"Meanwhile...Ivan Zulueta"
2005-10-26 until 2005-12-18
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona
Barcelona, , ES Spain

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 1976. 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 vignettes. 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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