Event Date: 29 April 2016
Performing Arts Studio 5
The University of Winchester
Winchester SO22 4NR
Alessandra Cianetti (Central St Martin’s/Something Human) – Núria Güell: Exceeding financial and identity European policies through the body of the artist
Live and visual artist Núria Güell looks at the notion of crisis from its etymological meaning: a power of distinguishing, a decision, a choice. Her works – whose main medium is as per the artist’s words ‘my physical, emotional and legal body’ – exceeds European identity politics and financial structures using what she calls the Replica analítica crítica (Critical analytical replica). A method in which she replicates ‘within the artistic space a phenomenon already present within the social and the political sphere. This framework acts as an augmenting lens allowing us to analyse from a critical perspective the nuances of what has been normalized in our day-to-day and through the activity of the media’ (Núria Güell, 2016).
This provocation will introduce to the discussion two of Núria’s recent works that blur art, live intervention, and activism: Apátrida por voluntad propia. Sobre la prisión de lo Posible (Stateless by choice. On the prison of the Possible, 2015) and Troika Fiscal Disobedience Consultancy (2016). The first tackles the notion of citizenship and the legal impossibility of exceeding/exiting its frame. The second is an artistic collaboration with international activists to creatively outstrip European financial structures. Through Núria’s works, I would like to propose examples of how art responds to and performs through aesthetics and politics of excess what since 2008 has been called the ‘European crisis’.