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“Room for Forbidden Books” by Alicia Framis

Venue: Blueproject Foundation
Princesa, 57
08003 Barcelona
Price: Free event

The Blueproject Foundation presents “Room for Forbidden Books”, the new solo show by Alicia Framis in Il Salotto from January 20th to May 14th 2017. The main space of the Foundation, completely renovated for the occasion, hosts this installation of the famous artist based in Amsterdam, which belongs to Banc Sabadell’s collection and which is unseen in Spain.

Room for Forbidden Books is part of the “Forbidden Rooms” series, a recent series of rooms – rooms of yell and oblivion, rooms for protesting or developing dissident ideas, where the Spanish artist Alicia Framis keeps questioning the current social and human environment, pointing out the alienation devices and other coercion media. Framis wants to create a room for forbidden books, a library of books which have been censored or whose authors have suffered, or continue suffering, from difficulties with the judicial or politic power. In the most serious cases, they would have to face prison, torture or death.

Open to the general public and at its complete disposal, this room for forbidden books becomes a study and reflection place where everyone can evaluate the damage of censorship that these books once suffered from, being nowadays considered as masterpieces and part of the world’s cultural heritage. It is obvious how censorship superposed through time and indifferently on works with the most different contents, from Voltaire’s Candide to Giordano Bruno’s writings, and from Nabokov’s Lolita to Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.

Room for Forbidden Books creates an opportunity for people to reflect on the situations and contexts in which the nearly 200 books on display were banned at different points in history. Although once censored, nowadays these books are widely read and appreciated, many of them considered classics. Becoming aware of this, another layer is added to the work: the relationships established among the readers. What happens between the people sitting in this space, reading these books, is what is most important. The room is just an excuse to start a dialogue. Room for Forbidden Books has been shown at Picasso Museum, France, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and has been selected to show at Art Basel – Parcours, 2015.

You are invited to enter these rooms, to confront what is forbidden, what is secret, what is possible.

“L’habitació dels llibres prohibits” d’Alicia Framis