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Azucena Vieites

Venue: KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Azucena Vieites

Born 1967 in Hernani, ES – lives and works in Madrid, ES

As the cofounder of the Erreakzioa-Reacción collective and femzine, Azucena Vieites works with editing processes that cut across all her media. Drawings, texts, publications, serigraphs, and papers are taped to the walls or placed in glass cases, borrowing from the seriality of minimalist practices. Overlapping, repeating, torn into fragments, Vieites’ combinations of images and text are poised between meaning and noise, between abstract and referential. From big sheets to tiny drawings, from large installations to hand-held zines, her free play with scale and materials parallels the feminist politics of not differentiating between personal and political or private and public: small can be big. Vieites’ longstanding alliance to queer feminist politics and associated subcultures is referenced in her work and underscored by her DIY/copy-shop aesthetic.

Accordingly, her practice is open and collaborative, especially in the context of her interests in publishing and the uninhibited attitudes of children towards gender roles. Many of her exhibitions are accompanied by workshops that she conducts with children, who both produce their own images and color in her drawings. She also creates zines with them. In A World (2020) Vieites reworks the combined results of these workshops for her installation of collages and serigraphs, which are distilled from a layering of references and authorships.

Within these open-ended processes, Vieites is essentially asking how history might be told differently if we did not believe in binary narratives. Can we create an alternative history, one that can gather and connect what anarchists call “radical moments:” instants, images, quotes, songs, historical splinters, the various non-stabilized materials that the history of progress failed to integrate into the present?

Lucrecia Palacios

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