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Watch out for the plague!


14 June 2013

Watch out for the plague!

We’d announced it on Facebook: watch out for the Plaga (plague)! Well this weekend it’s here, with an itinerary of exhibitions and non-institutional proposals.

For a couple of years now, but even more so this season that is drawing to a close, given the lack of motivation or at times day dreaming of the art institutions or plain disinterest in the context, a few artists, curators and young critics have decided to put the what before the how, starting to create presentations, events and exhibitions in their houses and studios. As they all know each other, they’ve decided to up the impetus and create an end of season festival. While it’s taken decades for the galleries to understand each other and while the museums and institutions don’t want to listen, to either the context or even to each other, it hasn’t taken long for those who’ve been self-organising for a while to join forces.

By their own definition, Plaga is a “proliferation of art proposals in self-initiated spaces” or to put it another way, spaces that are not usually used to house art. Over the next three days, exhibitions, performances and actions will take place in private homes, artists’ studios, in the street and in spaces loaned specially for the occasion. The whole programme can be consulted here:

Amongst the organisers there are lots of acquaintances of A*DESK, collaborators of Highlights and participants from the courses and workshops. So we feel that it’s also a little bit ours, and we’re keen to see this proliferation of art world creatures, who, as the institutions grind to a halt, are taking the initiative to generate existence, highlight a generation and show themselves, without waiting to be called upon to do so, just like the proliferation of insects that announces that summer is here. Plaga could quite well be the announcement of a new season.

Watch out for the Plaga and watch out for those large mammals, if they carry on with their heads in the clouds, hundreds of insects could end up exterminating them.

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