Archives and Memory: your own story!
Activity inspired by the exhibition #MarinaPlanasEsBaluard
Marina Planas (Palma, 1983) has lived in Barcelona, New York and Palma. She is a video artist, writer and cultural manager at Casa Planas Creation Centre. She has previously worked for cultural magazines, experimental art festivals and in the world of dance, film and television. As a video artist she has exhibited her work in Palma, Barcelona, Genoa, Venice and New York.
The topics that interest Marina Planas in her artistic production are archive, memory and tourism, all of which are closely linked to the family archive of her grandfather Josep Planas i Montanyà, the first tourism photographer in the Balearic Islands and founder of Casa Planas, an archive currently converted into the Casa Planas Creation Centre.
In “Marina Planas. War approaches to tourism: all inclusive“, the artist interrogates us about the abuse of territories that become tourist destinations through a work with images from the family archive and also from the Internet, her grandfather was engaged in the production of postcards in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s for the tourism industry, thus generating holiday images of the Balearic Islands.
With these archive images, she creates a large-scale mosaic on the wall, where image and text interact. Secondly, she carries out a site-specific intervention, which means that it has been expressly conceived for the specific space where it is exhibited, turning this exhibition room into a holiday home with a bed, and a television included! visitors can rent this room for a day during the museum’s opening hours for the usual museum entry fee. And, finally, the whole project is framed with a typical and topical image of a landscape, understood from the point of view of exoticism, which attracts tourists to the Airbnb setting.
Marina Planas explains she no longer carries her camera everywhere, and often takes pictures with her mobile phone. Now with a smartphone we all take photos non-stop, creating large digital photo archives that we often share on social media, and most likely we still have a family photo album stored somewhere, but what do all those photos tell us? Marina Planas has chosen, from all the archive images that she had and those that circulate on the Internet, the images to question specifically the effects of tourism in the Balearic Islands, which is the topic that she is interested to talk about.
She spends a lot of time thinking about the story behind the photographs, writing and materializing this process through panels on the wall or installations. Her work invites us to reflect on the images we keep stored on our mobile or family albums, in order to discover a new meaning, grouping the images together by creating mosaics and adding text so that new stories can appear, since the archive is not only tied to the past, it can be also be a tool for thinking about the future.
Recovering our images and archival material will surely bring back good memories, but topics or issues such as family, leisure, travel, our friends, etc. will also emerge. By taking advantage of this long stay at home, we can recapture the stories of everyday life and build a new story of the future. The possibilities are endless!
How to participate
And now, feel free to create your own archive by generating a new story!
- Search the archives you have (phone, albums, books, postcards, clippings, maybe a newspaper?). What theme are you most interested in focusing on? Current issues such as the environment, migration or the right to equality? You can also focus on a feeling, such as sadness or happiness.
- Once you have a clear idea of the theme you’d like to work on and your intention, choose those documents (visual, written) that are related to it.
- Now it’s time to sort them so that they make sense for the story you want to tell about the topic you have chosen. Set up the different materials to create a mosaic.
- Add text! Like Marina Planas, you can use writing to tell your story, either your own writings, other people’s quotes, newspaper clippings, or even hashtags, why not!
- Where will this mosaic file go? We propose to you a few options; you can do it on a wall, like the work of Marina Planas, or if you prefer you could use a big piece of paper, you can also upload it online, for example on your Instagram Stories (don’t forget mention @esbaluardmuseu)
- Share your creation with us by sending it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We will collect all your contributions and make them public through our website and the museum’s networks.
Ejercicio de estilo 3 – Candela
Archivo visual de una historia oral heredada – Manya