A Spanish exhibition titled ‘WEMADETHIS.ES’, which depicts the art works of a number of young Spanish artists, was opened to the public at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ) yesterday.
The exhibition will be open until March 20.
Welcoming the gathering at the opening ceremony, Caitlin Doherty, the Exhibition and Speaker Curator at VCUQ said that it was exciting to have such an amazing collection of visual imagery for the exhibition. VCUQ Dean Allyson Vanstone, faculty members and students were present on the occasion.
Doherty said that many of the digital visuals in the exhibition strike a chord with the audience as they are very vibrant and exciting. She also added that the collections were a true depiction of the visual art that Spanish artists have contributed to the world over so many centuries.
Speaking to Gulf Times, one of the artists of the exhibition, Marc Castellvi, said that the artworks were a true representation of the modern Spanish art.
He explained: “There are a large number of young artists in Spain and they have good talent. But what is happening at present in Spain is not conducive for the growth of art. The economical situation is a big hindrance for the growth of the country’s art and artists.”
He also said that the Spanish cultural tradition had been tilted towards the visual arts for quite long and the present exhibition was not different from the tradition.
“In the new digital environment, everything is images, everything is visual and the emergence of new mediums is a very appropriate medium for creators working in the visual tradition,” he added.
The exhibition is a joint venture by Spain’s Arts and Culture and Héctor Ayuso who is one of the leading Spanish artists. It allows an in-depth look at an all new generation of Spanish visual creators. The artists and studios participating in the exhibition are Alex Trochut, Andreu Balius, Atipo, Brosmind, Dvein, Folch Studio, Kike Besada, La Camorra, Lo siento, Marta Cerdà, Oso, Pablo Abad, Physalia, Ritxi Ostáriz, Serial Cut, Toormix and Vasava.
Many of the characteristics of Ayuso such as his free vision and out-of-the-box approach to art, technology and collaboration could clearly be seen in the art works displayed at the exhibition. Ayuso is currently involved in projects as an artist, film-maker, creative director, storyteller, seeker and curator and he describes himself as an “experience maker.”