Salt is the element that identifies us, gives name to our village and becomes an element that remains unchanged over the centuries, making a bridge between different eras. Inside "Place and memory" we give visibility to this and so every year an artist will propose an intervention linked to salt.
This year the artist Horacio Sapere hold an exhibition about the salt "prayer for the salt," in the Hotel Can Bonico, located on Plaça Sant Bartomeu.
Ancient Church, group exhibition:
Religion becomes to the temple after so many years. Memory of what this iconic building of ses Salines was is recovered: the old church, but give of contemporaneity. The religious event will be reflected in the work of ten artists, each with their particular view of religion, resulting in a very interesting eclecticism, an eclecticism that is also evident today as each person lives in spirituality. Participating artists are Arti Leimbacher, Catalina Obrador, Ferran Aguiló, Horacio Sapere, Jaume Canet, Julià Panadés, Mariana Sarraute, Miquel Mesquida, Pere Capellà and Yolanda Adrover.
THE OLD SCHOOLS (“LES ESCOLES VELLES”)
Old school first students
The same building will host an exhibition that is configured as an informal history tour of the building since its construction in 1932 through documents, objects and photographs. The artistic part of the event will also be present through a poetic show full of great poets in the school playground (see section Music and more), apart from a drawing by Mateu Rigo.
The material we have been finding, especially the photographs but also documents of all kinds, has conditioned some of the exhibits, which have been set on the basis of different topics, combining this material and the work of any artist. These exhibitions are: “Trànsits”, “Labores”, “Un edifici, un misteri” and “Gent”. In this way, the Council digital graphic collection on exhibition will be distributed through most exhibition spaces and configured by subjects.
The best example is the exhibition "Labores" (Margalida de Sa Punta’s old shop) performed by Xisca Veny, in which the artist herself has reworked the material we provided her with: a current female response to male attitude (from the past?).
Group of women from ses Salines who attended a course entitled Cursillo de hogar (home workshop) that had been organized by the parish
The intervention and performance by Arantxa Boyero about the Paseo (stroll) also updates and reinterprets elements from the past (see "Interventions"). Nancy Fernández has done the same in her exhibition "I on van?" (where do peolpe go?) in this case on the subject of death. This is the trend that we would like to maintain in future editions of llocimemòria: reworking and rethinking from the present small fragments of history in their many forms, with the help of the artists.
WHERE THE PEOPLE GO....?
Extract of a letter to Bel Bonet to inform her about the death of her husband in the battle of the Ebro
“Trànsits” (Beato Gelat’s home) includes photographs where different vehicles are displayed in combination with Tomeu Estelrich’s work, used as a bridge in time and space.
Typical photo editing from the past. Appearing: Isabel Bauçà “Rosera”, a woman from Santanyí, Jordi Gual, Joan Gual and Bernat Bauçà “Roser”.
In the exhibition "Gent" (“People”; can Boira’s home) images of ses Salines ‘people from the past are combined with artistic pieces by Arti Leimbacher, Pep Bonet and Rafel Creus. The exhibition highlights local artists’ (Francesc Bonet, Pep Molina and Rudy Schwizgebel interest for the Old Church building.
UN EDIFICI, UN MISTERI
Old Church building before reform works.
In the exhibition “Teixin les arrels” (weaving roots) current creations by the Meunié sisters (Gabriela and Adriana) are opposed to antique elements, although the exhibition subject was born from a desire for dialogue with the space hosting it: an old clothing store (ca na Xurina). The exhibition “L’art del vi” (The Art of Wine) by Esther Roca Olivieri in the Bar Orient was born from this same approach: what place would be better than a bar to show paintings made with wine?
In the exhibition “Entre el mar i la garriga” (Between sea and scrubland) we will find the work of a young couple who decided to become people from our village and took “Salinautas” as their artistic name. Through scrubland we will find Lluís Oller, fascinated by the objects he comes across with and always trying to enrich them with his poetic vision to involve them in new and old stories. Overlooking the sea, Mary Lambourne’s work absorbs its saltpetre. His father, James Lambourne, moves himself through the undergrowth, where he can find the raw material for his creative universe: rocks, although the sea also plays a major role. The name of this exhibition is at the same time a clear sign of acknowledgement to Gabriel Seguí’s book “Jussana, entre el mar i la garriga” (Jussana, Between Sea and Scrubland), a proof of the love for our village that this adoptive inhabitant from ses Salines felt, just the same as our artists are.
BETWEEN SEA AND SCRUBLAND
The alchemy symbol for salt is used as an identifier by the “Salinautas”