Alicia Framis to take part in the Cultural Observatory


The artist Alicia Framis is to give her 'Guantanamo Museum' conference inside the Cultural Observatory. The event ties in neatly with the exhibition of the same name at IED Madrid, which will run until 16th February.

The Cultural Observatory is the ideal setting from which to analyse and explore the immediate future through the telling accounts of prominent experts from a wide range of different disciplines, including sociology, economics, politics and art.

The work of Alicia Framis (Barcelona, 1967) can be characterized by the artist’s search for solutions to problems facing our society. The needs of new property developments, the different ways of existing side by side, questions such as safety, violence, communication and the solitude affecting certain marginalized groups (particularly women), all have a special role to play within her creative explorations.

Alicia has showcased her work at numerous galleries, international events and centres of art, including the likes of the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (1998), Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst (2000), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía de Madrid (2003), Biennale di Venezia (2003), Galería Helga de Alvear (2003 and 2008), CGAC (2004), Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art (2006), Annet Gelink Gallery (2007) and Palais de Tokyo (2007), to name but a few. For further information.

As the last conference of this cycle of the Cultural Observatory, the aim is to tackle a hugely topical issue: the Guantanamo military base and how by using art and fashion we can communicate our message and raise awareness in ways that aren’t possible through other means of communication. This is the chosen path and purpose of the 'Guantanamo Museum' exhibition, which is currently running at the IED Madrid until 16th February. You can download the catalogue for the exhibition.

'Guantanamo Museum' stems from the interdisciplinarity and internationalism typically associated with all IED projects. It is a joint exhibition that was originally forged from a workshop headed by Alicia Framis with students and former alumni of IED Fashion Lab Madrid and ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (Holland). It includes pieces by the artist herself and four works created during the workshop.

The artist has attempted to centre on one core aspect: the human factor, and to remind everyone of the prisoners who spent time at the Guantanamo Bay camp. The exhibition also offers a close and unique look at the universe that exploded around Guantanamo, which is nowadays seen as the most glaring example of abuse of human rights, and links it in with the role that design can play in relation to this kind of subject-matter.

Free entrance

Wednesday 28th January
IED Madrid
C/ Flor Alta nº 8 Madrid

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