Panorama 21. Notes for an Eye Fire

Venue: MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona

Notes for an Eye Fire is the first in a new line of exhibitions entitled Panorama, focusing on contemporary art practices in and around Barcelona. As the “notes” of the title suggests, this group exhibition attempts to jot down, to lay out and to connect without seeking to be in any way definitive.

Notes for an Eye Fire brings together a group of specially commissioned works and recent productions being shown in Barcelona for the first time. It comprises a wide range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, video installation, performance, photography and textiles, and is driven by a desire to defend and verify the making of on-site exhibitions as experiences that envelop us as whole sensing bodies in space.

The title, borrowed from a 2020 book of poetry by Gabriel Ventura, conjures up a powerful metaphor that provokes a questioning of the dominance of vision, urging us to explore an expanded definition of seeing that engages our other senses and entails new ways of navigating the world, of remembering and of producing knowledge.

The works in the exhibition weave together concerns and leitmotifs that have emerged from the curators’ studio visits and conversations with the art community, including the city’s self-image, notions of reparation and belonging, gender dissidence and our relationship with nonhuman life.

The circular eye takes on a life of its own in the exhibition’s imagination, in the form of projects that explore theatre or performance, the spatial relationship between stage and auditorium and the loop as narrative. Such perspectives and scales also encircle how the museum establishes a connection with its neighbourhood, and vice versa, at a time when perhaps we are all questioning and seeing afresh what our own place in the world might be.

Curated by Hiuwai Chu and Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna).

Panorama 21. Apunts per a un incendi dels ulls