On the occasion of this year’s edition of Barcelona Gallery Weekend àngels barcelona is pleased to present the exhibition “Martha Rosler: 1981 (the year the future began)”.
The exhibition presents a group of mostly unpublished photographs, taken in 1981, a key moment in the neo-vanguardist politicization of Rosler’s work. That year, Rosler published her book 3 Works, which synthesized some key work from the 1970s and which marked a turning point in her career, partly because it included the publication of the essay “In, Around and Afterthoughts … On Documentary Photography,” one of the key theoretical texts on the “reinvention” of the documentary. (Also in this book was a work centering on the coup in Chile and a visit to northern Mexico.) Further, in that same year she was part of a group of North American artists and intellectuals traveling to Cuba, while a few months later, she participated in the second Latin American Colloquium of Photography in Mexico City. Her artistic and intellectual activity is indissociable from the democratic struggles in Latin America. With the various projects she was working on at the time, this became a biographically crucial moment for her (marked by her return to New York after over a decade in California and Canada), that made her contribute decisively to the paradigm shift in documentary discourse.
PLEASE NOTE that before the opening of the exhibition at our main space (C. Pintor Fortuny 27) at 6:30 PM there will be a conversation (in English) between Martha Rosler and Jorge Ribalta at àngels barcelona- Espai2 ( c. Dels Àngels, 16 08001).
If you would like to attend this free event, you’ll need to reserve your seat by sending an e-mail to the following address: email@example.com. (LIMITED CAPACITY OF 50 SEATS).+info