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PAU WAELDER: Contemporary art and new media in Spain – post-crisis, post-photography, post-Internet

Wednesday 25.4.2018 at 6pm-7:30pm
The Finnish Museum Of Photography
Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 G, 00180 Helsinki

Álvaro Gil, HÁGASELO USTED MISMO (2012). Wood, foam, steel, Formica and acrylic.
Dimensions variable. Photo courtesy of the artist and L21 Gallery.


Pau Waelder will have a presentation at the Finnish Museum of Photography titled “Contemporary art and new media in Spain: post-crisis, post-photography, post-Internet” that will be followed by a screening of selected videos by contemporary Spanish artists whose work relates to digital technologies.

Drawing connections from several articles and book chapters written for contemporary art magazines and cultural institutions, the author explores the current situation of contemporary art and new media in Spain. This talk will focus on the presence of new media art in museums, art centers, and the art market, the changes introduced by digital technologies in the status of the image (leading to the concept of “post-photography”) and the wide-ranging influence of Internet culture in the work of a young generation of Spanish artists.

Against the backdrop of the growing presence of new media art in the international contemporary art scene, this case study aims to examine a particular context in which the cultural landscape has been affected by the financial crisis and the changing institutional policies, while artists have sought ways to keep producing artworks and participate in the current debates on art, technology and society, within or beyond the geographical constraints of their country of origin.

The discussion is hosted by Elina Heikka, Director of The Finnish Museum of Photography.

The presentation will be followed by a screening of video documentation from selected artistic projects by contemporary Spanish artists. The artists are:
Mar Canet & Varvara Guljajeva,
Clara Boj & Diego Díaz,
César Escudero & Martín Nadal,
Daniel Canogar,
Cristina Garrido,
Pablo Valbuena,
Moisés Mañas,
Serafín Álvarez,
Solimán López,
Félix Luque & Íñigo Bilbao,
Daniel Palacios.

Pau Waelder has been invited to Helsinki by Artists Association MUU. Pau Waelder’s visit to Finland is realised with the support of Acción Cultural Español (AC/E), through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.

Read more about Pau Waelder’s visit to Finland here.

Register for the event here.