FOR WHAT CANNOT BE RECOVERED CAN AT LEAST BE REENACTED

FOR WHAT CANNOT BE RECOVERED CAN AT LEAST BE REENACTED
Cristina Mejías
From 11 Feb to 11 Apr 2021

JAEN MUSEUM



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This project was born, as sometimes happens, from a conversation between two people, the archaeologist and performer Efthimis Theou and Cristina Mejías, who discovered that they shared interests and affinities from disparate locations. These are the first words of Gozo, the publication written by the artist and are the stratum preceding For What Cannot Be Recovered Can at Least Be Reenacted. So commenced the impulse that led her to become involved in a process of research about the world of archaeology, and in particular in how the procedures of this discipline intertwine with other elements that are an essential part of her approach towards conceiving artistic processes, such as memory, narration, the body, orality, space, the gesture and the transfer of knowledge.

In “For What Cannot Be Recovered Can at Least Be Reenacted”, what is considered is that when one is faced with the impossibility of fully recovering memory, we need to reactivate it from the present, from this haze of fragmented moments that our memories build from something that will never be repeated in the same way. Re-enact, reactivate, re-update, relate. 

The exhibition catalogue features an essay by Jesús Alcaide, entitled 'A lateral rumour. History of various conversations'. He has also tutored this exhibition project.

 

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Cristina Mejías

Cádiz, 1986

Degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM), NCAD in Dublin and Research Master's in Art and Creation at the UCM. After several years’ residence in Berlin, she now lives and works in Madrid. She is a visual artist whose work has been or will be individually exhibited at Centro Párraga (Murcia, 2020), Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona, 2020), Casa Pinillos (Cádiz,2020), The Goma gallery (Madrid, 2019) and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia (Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2017). Her work has also appeared in group exhibitions at CA2M, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid, 2020), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2020), SCAN Projects (London, 2020), AragonPark (Madrid, 2020), CentroCentro (Madrid, 2020 and 2016), C3A (Cordoba, 2019), C Arte C (Madrid, 2019), among others.

She has recently won a number of awards and grants, including Generación 2020 from La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2020), Blueproject Foundation (Barcelona, 2020), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (2019) or Iniciarte (2019). Over the course of the last few months she has also been artist in residence at the Hangar Lisboa, C3A (Cordoba), Matadero Madrid-Ateliers dos Coruchéus (Madrid-Lisbon) and at Tabakalera (San Sebastian) as part of its international residencies programme. Her works can be found in the collections of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CAAC, Fundación Montemadrid, Meana-Larrucea, Navacerrada, Fundación Mendoza, Alicia Aza y Kells.

Photography: Paula Caballero|Exhibition Photo

 

 


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