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70 artists in their own world

We often observe and enjoy works of art and we also tend to think and imagine how the artist will have created them, but do we think about the workshop? Can we imagine what the space is like in which the creator generates his work? Showing these places is the objective of the photographer Lluc Queralt (Tarragona, 1978) with the exhibition Espais d’introspecció, a living project with which he portrays more than 70 local and international artists in his lairs. The exhibition was presented last Friday at the Tarragona Provincial Museum of Modern Art (MAMT) and can be visited in Room 0 of the space until June 5.

Josep Royo, Josep Maria Roselló, Jaume Plensa, Stela Rahola Matutes, José Manuel Broto, Valentín Vallhonrat, Miguel Trillo, Joan Fontcuberta, Guim Tió, Tom Carr, Kati Riquelme, Masao Yamamoto, Soledad Sevilla, Maite Caramés, Lita Cabellut, Béatrice Bizot or Perejaume are some of the authors who have opened their most intimate creative spaces for this exhibition project, carried out between 2011 and 2021, and which is still open. In this sense, Queralt’s idea is to reach 200 portraits.

“This collection of artists is still a personal collection that I make looking for artists, starting with Tarragonés and opening up to Barcelona, ​​Catalonia, Valencia, the Iberian Peninsula and even Holland,” says the photographer from Tarragona, who highlights that “I It is an exhibition that is expanding because now it consists of more than 70 portraits and I would like to have a larger corpus, which could take another 15 years». Among those portrayed there are creators from all fields: sculptors, painters, potters, upholsterers, musicians, etc. Queralt explains that the project wants to transmit «the artistic world of each one, their spaces of introspection, and show them to the public, in some way, the workshops where the artists work. Enter their world and their way of living.

Around a hundred people came to Santa Anna Street in the Part Alta on Friday afternoon to attend the presentation of the exhibition. This consisted of a dialogue between Sema D’Acosta, art critic and exhibition curator, and Queralt. Before, but, the director of the MAMT, Manel Margalef, spoke of the change that the digital era has also brought about in recent years in the field of photography: «We all know Lluc, that person who crosses spaces, who appears and disappears , but I think he has been consistent and sincere, and has been able to assume something that is important in the professional world, which is responsibility, that is, the criteria and commitment within oneself to be able to find the means to explain the language of the most interesting, complex and peculiar way possible”.

During the conversation before the public between Queralt and D’Acosta, the Tarragona-born author revealed how he approaches his creative projects and how photography has become the means to express his particular vision of the world, in this case through portraiture. For his part, D’Acosta pointed out that «a portrait is always the result of an encounter, it functions as a dialogue of complicity in which the final image is at the same time conclusion, synthesis and gaze. The photographer must try to capture essential aspects of the model that tell us about him and his circumstances, and strive to understand the situation to transmit beyond the evidence ». Throughout the talk between the two, Queralt told some curious anecdotes that have happened to him in some of the workshops. The funniest, and this was confirmed by the laughter of the attendees, was when he visited Xavier Corberó in his workshop in Esplugues. «I rang the bell and they told me that I was older and that I was not answering anyone. I was leaving and in a trash can I found an old plate, and with a marker I wrote a note with my phone number and threw it into the garden. When I was on the train back, Corberó called me and told me that he wanted to see me immediately because he had loved the idea of ​​the plate », said the photographer from Tarragona, who also explained the many other projects he has underway.

Finally, it should be noted that the series of photographs of Espais d’introspecció is part of the new acquisitions of the National Photography Collection of the Generalitat de Catalunya 2021 and is deposited in the MAMT. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the MAMT is free.

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