Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma and DKV present «Fermín Jiménez Landa. In the bright darkness. Production grant to the videographic creation DKV – Es Baluard», a project that takes mass tourism to an uninhabited island. The show, in video format, can be seen at the Observatori showroom of Es Baluard from November 24, 2017 to February 4, 2018.
This uninhabited island on which the project works is Lisca Bianca. It is part of the Aeolian Islands, and the creator Fermín Jiménez Landa links it to the idea of fictitious disappearance, tourism and the concept of the island as a political and geographical frontier.
Selected among the 82 creators submitted to the call for the fourth production grant in the videographic creation DKV – Es Baluard, Fermín Jiménez Landa has worked in recent years on the act of disappearing. According to the artist, “disappearing from the place where they wait for you, by surprise and against all logic, is a common desire. It is a fantasy to return to a state of freedom that, on the other hand, perhaps never existed. Sometimes it is discovered that the escape is not enough to escape the problems. The flight itself was the solution, not a new place where new everyday problems will appear”.
One of the archetypal places of escape is the desert island, a cultural cliché beyond the geography in which the desires are projected, where civilization, society and consensus do not yet exist and, therefore, can begin a Utopia of zero, no matter how small the piece of land is. On an island, the political and geographical border coincide. Lisca Bianca has always appeared as a hypothetical place of operations for some kind of intervention that has never happened.
On the other hand, Jiménez Landa emphasizes that in all the squares of all the cities with massive tourism, we invariably find the same launchers that sell helicopters of LEDs. In this sense, on the night of August 4, 2017 the artist traveled to Lisca Bianca with some of these helicopters. In the bright darkness, as a piece of video creation, an exercise that starts from the documentation of what happened tonight on the island. A little narrative video that gives rise to an abstract image and something aesthetic but with a melancholic background.
FERMÍN JIMÉNEZ LANDA
Pamplona (Spain), 1979. The artist lives in Valencia (Spain) and works anywhere. Carrying out actions, public interventions, video, installations or drawing, Fermín Jiménez Landa works on processes of equivalence, investment or exchange that make us see reality from an equidistant point between the absurd and the sensible, the endearing and the iconoclastic, the empirical and the unverifiable.
He has crossed Spain in a perfect straight line of swimming pools, united the tallest towers of Barcelona with a plastic fir tree, she has manufactured a spiral staircase that is taller than the ceiling of the museum, travelled without touching doors, ordered confetti by colours and planted giant sequoias in the streets.
His individual exhibitions and projects include El bamboleo de Chandler, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona (2017), How to dissapear, HIAP, Helsinki (2016), El rayo verde, La Gallera, Valencia (2016), Turno de Noche, Artium, Vitoria (2015), El 16 de Septiembre del 2031 en el Bar San Calisto, Galería Bacelos, Madrid (2015), Ultramarino, Consonni, Bilbao (2014), The Visit, 1646, La Haya (2013) Podrían ser lobos comiendo M&M’s, Galería Bacelos, Madrid (2013), Las puertas, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2012), Amikejo with Lee Welch, Laboratorio 987, Musac, León (2011), Actos oficiales, Espai Montcada, CaixaForum, Barcelona (2008); No muy a menudo, ni muy poco, Galería Valle Ortí, Valencia (2010);
And his collective exhibitions include MANIFESTA 11, Zürich (2016), Generaciones 2015, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2015), Sin motivo aparente, CA2M, Madrid (2013), Antes que todo, CA2M, Madrid (2010), 08001, Galería Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona (2010), JULIO #5, Centro Cultural de España, Sao Paulo (2010), la Muestra de Arte INJUVE, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2006 y 2009), Entornos Próximos, ARTIUM de Álava, Vitoria (2006).
He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia and attended workshops by Robert Morris, Rogelio López Cuenca, Daniel G. Ándujar, Francesc Torres, Jon Mikel Euba and Douglas Ashford, as well as classes at the Anotati Scholí in Athens.
FOURTH DKV- ES BALUARD PRODUCTION SCHOLARSHIP FOR VIDEOGRAPHIC CREATION
The jury of the fourth DKV- Es Baluard Production scholarship for videographic creation was comprised of Nekane Aramburu, Juan Bautista Peiró, Tania Pardo, Alicia Ventura and Javier Hontoria and amounts to 5000 euros.
This scholarship, promoted by DKV and Es Baluard, has been awarded since 2014 and the primary objective is to help and disseminate videographic creation. To date, over 220 artists have participated, and the winners in previous years were the works (Preposición) La Habitación (2014), by Elssie Ansareo and Alaitz Arenzana, Skyline (2015), by Javier Artero and The sun is gone but we still have the view (2016) by Joan Bennassar.