Álvaro Albaladejo Sierra
From 25 Nov to 24 Jan 2021




This exhibition is held in collaboration with the Museum of Huelva and is part of the cycle of itinerant exhibitions by the Andalusian community of the Iniciarte Progam.

Midnight after the Desert is situated at the convergence of two intensities, two images on a collision course: the figure of the cactus and ornament, united by their hallucinatory potential. The cactus refers to altered states of consciousness, a direct allusion to the hallucinogenic mescaline found in several species of cacti. This plant close to the mineral and inorganic exists in the land of the living but, at the same time, is linked to the metaphysics of the dead, the realm of fossils, mummies or stones.

Ornament, on the other hand, symbolises a catharsis of the eye. A system of modular compression and fractal construction of the image, ornament manages to reveal perception itself, made visible through plastic ornamental rhythm (repetition, variation, alteration, structure, development). In this project, midnight is a state of mind similar to place and time, the kairós of apparitions. It is the state that happens to the desert, a desert whose vastness falls back on time, on an empty time just before midnight which, like the shifting sands, offers no assurance of stability. In that mental state, the lysergic meets dehiscence: the fruit splits open to release its seed, or the tissues of a healing wound pull apart, creating a psychological crevice from which the image of the cactus emerges.

The exhibition catalogue features an essay by Javier Sánchez Martínez entitled the dry night and Gabriel Cabello entitled All things are different. Álvaro Albaladejo and sculpture as an event of vision.

The project’s master is Gabriel Cabello.


Álvaro Albaladejo Sierra

Granada, 1983

He earned a BFA from the University of Granada and studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. His most important solo exhibitions include Espejismo en Groenlandia (2020) Galería Artnueve, Murcia; Movimiento del espectro (2019), Marta Gualda Artifacts, Charlotte, NC; Black Star (2019), MARTE, Castellón; El pozo y la pirámide (2019) with Cristina Ramírez, Fundación BilbaoArte, Bilbao; El fin del universo (2018), Sala Zaida, Granada; Vueltas y penumbras (2017), Sala PTS, Granada; El ojo y el vértice (2016), Sala Ático, Palace of the Counts of Gabia, Granada; and Impresiones de Mandaglore, Galería ASM 28, Madrid.

He has also participated in many group shows, such as Atavic Memory (2019), SCAN Spanish Contemporary Artist Network, London; Tocar la tierra (2019), Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía-C3A, Córdoba; 9th Rafael Botí Visual Arts Biennial (2019), Fundación Botí, Córdoba; Futuro-ficción: to be continued (2018), Galería JM, Málaga; and Big Time Sensuality (2017), Casa Sostoa, Málaga. He has been an artist-in-residence at BilbaoArte, the Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía-C3A, and Fundación Valparaíso, Almería.



Malaga Museum

From 19 Jan to 9 Apr 2023