Eternal youth and personal memory, in the new exhibitions at La Capella

13/02/2024 - 13:00 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The contemporary art space on Carrer de l'Hospital hosts an exhibition by the artists Valentina Alvarado Matos and Carlos Vásquez Méndez and a second one by Joan Pallé and Cayetano Truyols.


The cycle of exhibitions that were selected in the last edition of the Barcelona Producció programme continues at La Capella, this time with two exhibitions created by four hands: “El otro aquí“, a proposal articulated jointly by Valentina Alvarado Matos and Carlos Vásquez Méndez, which talks about records and memory, and “Ghost Rider“, a creation by Joan Pallé and Cayetano Truyols that is halfway between protopunk, popular culture from the 70s and classic literature. You can see both exhibitions between 14 February and 21 April.

The Barcelona Producció cycle is an annual event organised by La Capella which aims to promote and raise awareness of the contemporary artistic creation scene in Barcelona among the general public. Exhibition projects such as these, commissions and publications form part of the event, a showcase for Barcelona’s contemporary creative work.

Until April, therefore, we can see “El otro aquí” at the Espai Capella. Valentina Alvarado Matos and Carlos Vásquez Méndez‘s proposal talks about personal and collective memory, about the distance between what we remember and what actually happened, and about the ductility of a memory that is capable of transforming memories or forgetting successes, making complete remembrance impossible. You will think about this displaced but latent memory when you see this exhibition by the collective made up of two artists who investigate the image around the filmic device. With international trajectory, in early 2023 they premiered the performance FFF at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. They are currently artists in residence at Hangar and their works are part of the Light Cone catalogue in France.

After this exhibition, you will see a second one at Espai Rampa. It is signed by Joan Pallé and Cayetano Truyols, an artist from Lleida and another from Mallorca who, in “Ghost Rider“, present us with a story that comes from classical literature, and more specifically from Goethe’s Faust, but which is combined with the aesthetics of the Marvel comics of the seventies of the twentieth century and which takes as its starting point the musical theme of the title of the show, an example of Suicide’s proto-punk composed in 1977. 

The Ghost Rider of the song is a kind of prototype of the millennials by means of the skater, considered as the current reincarnation of the precarious rider.

If you want to know more about Barcelona’s contemporary art scene and discover the work of four emerging artists with a lot to say, come to La Capella, but first check the website for information about the exhibitions.