Teresa Lanceta: Weaving as Open Source
April 08 – September 11, 2022
The exhibition features a broad selection of tapestries, fabrics, paintings, drawings, writings and videos from the 1970s to the present, together with several collaborations and co-authored projects. This exhibition brings together over 200 works by Teresa Lanceta (Barcelona, 1951) from the last five decades, including collaborative formats based around dialogues that she establishes with the help of ‘creative accomplices’, such as the artists Olga Diego, Pedro G. Romero and Xabier Salaberria; the curator Leire Vergara; the self-managed organisation La Trinxera; the filmmaker Virginia García del Pino; and the artist and software programmer Nicolas Malevé.
Weaving as Open Source addresses Teresa Lanceta’s work and her approach to weaving, its structures, systems and processes, as a research method with symbolic, aesthetic, cultural and spiritual associations and, ultimately, as an art closely linked to life. While living with the Berber women from the Middle Atlas, she learned a universal art that has accompanied her throughout her long career, helping her to understand the time spent at the loom as a full-time occupation, and the significance of repetitive structures and geometries in the popular arts of many continents and in the twentieth-century avantgardes.
The Raval neighbourhood has had a long-lasting effect on Lanceta’s life and work. This is where she spent her formative years, sharing experiences with the Gypsy community, hence her need to talk about the things that are broken, destroyed or mended, and about the relevance of popular knowledge and experiences and life in common. A way of learning that reoccurred throughout her career, especially in the works of the 1990s and the series of red-and-black weavings from 2019 and 2020.
The Trades in the Raval (2019–2022) is a collaboration between Teresa Lanceta, Nicolas Malevé and the students and teachers from the Miquel Tarradell secondary school and MACBA’s Education Department, consisting of a digital map reflecting the experiences, resources and emotional bonds of the participants and their families in their daily working lives.
A significant programme of activities, running alongside the exhibition, will include an international seminar on the act of weaving and politics, the cycle of discussions Let’s talk about… Teresa Lanceta, and a special event for the Night of the Museums, conducted by Pedro G. Romero, among many other initiatives.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a publication that, besides extensively documenting it, will resituate Lanceta’s artistic contribution within the hegemonic narrative of the last decades. Featured in the book will
be essays by the philosopher Miguel Morey, the curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and the anthropologist Bert Flint, as well as the curators of the exhibition and the artist.