The publication 18 pictures and 18 stories / 18 fotografías y 18 historias will be launched on 4 October at Tate Modern in London as the conclusion of our research project with Isidoro Valcárcel Medina and If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution in Amsterdam. The book presentation is to be introduced by Bulegoa z/b and If I Can’t Dance, and will be accompanied by a lecture titled “To Be Translated” by Valcárcel Medina. Following the lecture, an after talk will take place between the artist, Esther Ferrer and Dora García.
18 pictures and 18 stories / 18 fotografías y 18 historias is a bilingual (English and Spanish) publication that collects 22 stories that have been told by guest speakers at art institutions all through 2012, as part of the curatorial research project of the same name by Bulegoa z/b. The stories are each inspired by a single photo from a series of 18 pictures made by Valcárcel Medina in 2011. The photos, taken by Rocío Areán Gutiérrez and titled Performance in Resistance, were made in response to the invitation to take part in If I Can’t Dance’s Performance in Residence programme together with Bulegoa z/b. The photos depict 18 actions the artist performed in different cities between 1965 and 1993.
18 pictures and 18 stories / 18 fotografías y 18 historias is designed by Filiep Tacq and includes a reproduction of the photo series Performance in Resistance by Isidoro Valcárcel Medina and text contributions by: Pierre Bal-Blanc, Koen Brams, José Díaz Cuyás, Juan Domínguez, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Jon Mikel Euba, Esther Ferrer, Dora García, GEACC—Grupo de Estudos em Arte Conceitual e Conceitualismos no Museu, Moosje Goosen, Isaías Griñolo, Miren Jaio, Manuel Martínez Ribas, Emilio Moreno, Aimar Pérez Galí, Esteban Pujals Gesalí, Pedro G. Romero, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Jaime Vallaure, Myriam Van Imschoot, Azucena Vieites and Carla Zaccagnini.
In 2012 18 pictures and 18 stories / 18 fotografías y 18 historias travelled to If I Can’t Dance at Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam; Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; CAC Brétigny, Greater Paris; BNV Producciones, Sevilla; Playground Festival in STUK/Museum M, Leuven; Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Universidade de São Paulo, MAC USP, São Paulo; before its last presentation at Tate Modern, London.
18 pictures and 18 stories / 18 fotografías y 18 historias is a project accompanying Performance in Resistance by Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, conceived by Bulegoa z/b.
Workshops. 2-3 October 2013
Bulegoa z/b and If I Can’t Dance are presenting two workshops on the occasion of the book presentation of 18 pictures and 18 stories / 18 fotografías y 18 historias in London.
On 2 October at the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths, Bulegoa z/b and If I Can’t Dance are invited to present their respective curatorial programmes and discuss our collaboration.
The following day, on 3 October, Bulegoa z/b will lead a workshop at Open School East that takes as working material the 18 pictures of the series Performance in Resistance by Valcárcel Medina and the texts produced within the context of 18 pictures and 18 stories. Similar to the procedure of the original project, Valcárcel Medina will be available on the phone to answer the students’ questions.
Etxepare Basque Institute has collaborated in funding these events.
18 pictures and 18 stories is co-produced by BNV Producciones, Seville; CAC Brétigny, Greater Paris; If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam; the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP); Playground Festival in STUK/Museum M, Leuven; Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona; Tate Modern, London; and Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam.
The publication and the performances are realized with the support of Corpus: a network for performance practice financed by the European Union.