Avelino Sala

Avelino Sala‘s production focuses on social criticism, a field in which he is active both as an artist and as a curator and journalist. Avelino Sala | DISTOPIA: RIGHT NOW, is the solo show with which the artist presents his work in Carrara for the first time.

All the works presented are original creations derived from the artist’s dialogue with our city, through its natural and historical heritage: the main sources of inspiration for the artist have been the city’s marble, and its anarchist movement.

For the first time, Avelino Sala’s work, which ranges from video art to drawings and sculpture, approaches marble. The result is a meditation upon the search for freedom which is related by the artist from an external point of view, as Avelino chooses to forgo emotional involvement, capturing the facts impartially, and rather inviting viewers to spark their own individual considerations.

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Tracing a parallel between the anarchist movements of Carrara and of Spain, the artist presents us with a cross-section which ties history to the current-day episodes of guerrilla fighting which have occurred in the past years.

 Federica Forti: “Avelino Sala. Distopia: Right Now”

 Josè Luis Corazon: “Avelino Sala and relevance of dystopia”

Born in Gijón in 1972, Sala is the editor-in-chief of the periodical “Sublime arte + cultura contemporanea”, and co-director of the curatorial group Commission. For his work he is considered one of the most important artists in the current art scene, questioning cultural and social reality from a late romantic perspective. His work has been shown in various national and international group exhibitions. He has been the recipient of a grant from the Real Academia of Spain in Rome.

Solo shows

2011

  • Coda, Spai Quatre, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca
  • ‘On the nord, ATM contemporary gallery, Gijón
  • Poetica della perdita (“Poetry of loss”), Real Academia of Spain in Rome, Italy

2010

  • Stop!, Camera Praxis Centre for Contemporary Art Artium Museum, Vitoria

2009

  • Ostile, Virgilio Voldere gallery, New York
  • Insurrezioni, digitale lucernario, ( “Insurrections ”) CAT, Tenerife Arts Centre

2008

  • Il nemico è all’interno (“The enemy is within”), Città del Lavoro della Cultura, Asturias
  • Fuoco cammina con me (“Fire walk with me”), Central Park, Culutral Embassy of Switzerland, New York
  • Per non tornare indietro (“To never go back”), museum-mausoleum, Morille, Salamanca
  • Per non guardare indietro (“To never look back”), Galeria Saro León, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • A, PhotoEspaña, Galeria Raquel Ponce, Madrid

2007

  • Ansia (“Anxiety”), (scream, bark, mumble, WIP, Stoccolma, Sweden
  • Resistenza, (“Resistance”) Operate murarie, BDM space, Rome
  • Fuoco Cammina con Me (“Fire walk with me”), Liquid Space Gallery, Gijón

2006

  • Burn che sia, MCO Gallery, Oporto, Portogallo
  • PhotoEspaña, DRAMA, Raquel Ponce Gallery, Madrid
  • Drama, Ferran Cano, Palma de Mallorca

2005

  • Meditate, Art Center Friedrichstrasse Vostell Gallery, Berlin
  • The Wait, Sala Carlos III, Universidad de Navarra
  • The Wait Long, The Contemporary Art Space Gallo, Salamanca

2004

  • Icarus Project, IMS 51 International Photography Exhibition, Revillagigedo Center, Gijón
  • Un altro uomo a Arthaus (“Another man in Arthaus”), Ethan Cohen Projects, Truro, Massachusetts, USA
  • The Wait, Astragal space, Youth Council, Gijón
  • L’uomo in trincea (“The man in the trench”) – EMAC Space, Plasencia, Badajoz
  • Lo sviluppo sostenibile (“Sustainable developement”), la Mansion Embarcadero, Santander
  • XXI Century Man, Anton Museum, Candas, Asturias

2003

  • Confronto ipercritico (“Hypercritical comparison”), Mario Sequeira Gallery, Braga, Portogallo
  • Irrequietezza (“Restlessness”), Sicart Gallery, Barcellona
  • Confronto critico (“Critical comparison”), ArtFutura 03, Valladolid
  • Irrequietezza (“Restlessness”), Vostell Gallery, Madrid
  • Irrequietezza (“Restlessness”), Sandunga Gallery, Granada

2001

  • Non solo alcuni ma tutti sono chiamati …. Spazio liquido (“N, Gijón
  • Void series Project, camere box e Asturias CCAI, Gijón

Group exhibitions

2011

  • ARC 2011, Raquel Ponce and Contemporanea Gallery ATM Gallery, Madrid
  • Video (s) Torias: Costruzione, basco Centro Museum of Contemporary Art Artium, Vitoria
  • Finalist for the Ciutat de Palma Arte prize, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca
  • In action, the Convent of Egea de los Caballeros, Aragon
  • Publicce-Res, the intervention of capitalism in current Spanish video-art, Space Healing, Off Limits Rome, Madrid and Arts Festival of Melbourne, Australia
  • Match Box, Work Centre for Art and Industrial Creation, Gijón
  • Video-III Ibero-americano settimana, libreria di Andalusia da Córdoba
  • Contemporary video-art, galleries 23 and 12, Vedado, L’Avana, Cuba
  • Museum of Fine Arts of Fondi Asturias, Bartola Museum of Gijón
  • 200, ATM contemporary gallery, Gijón
  • Allegorie delle migrazioni (“Allegories of migrations”), Work Centre for Art and Industrial Creation, Gijón

2010

  • Allegorie delle migrazioni (“Allegories of migrations”), Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Disimpegno, Reencontres Video International, Spanish film, Madrid
  • Videozone-V, Video Art Biennial Tel Avit, Israele
  • VAD, a video art festival, Gerona
  • Archive: I creatori di Madrid (“The creators of Madrid”) Matadero Madrid
  • TARGET, public interventions in the Pyreneesyoung European artists,, Pépinières, Huesca
  • BAC, Video Art Festival, Santa Monica Centre d’Art, Barcelona
  • Digital Creation Festival, Enter Space, Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • Showcase-Project, Valparaiso, Chile
  • Eject, performance video, Exteresa Current Contemporary Art, Mexico City
  • Replay, The House On, Madrid
  • Circus, Art Video from Spain, Switzerland and Cuba, L’Avana, Cuba
  • Cineymas, Cinema Art Space, Vina del Mar, Chile
  • The Road to Contemporary Art, Espirito Santo in Sassia, Rome, Italy
  • 20eventi, Public Art, Fara Sabina, Italy

2009

  • International Reencontres Video, MNCARS, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
  • Off the Street, A Foundation, London
  • Insert Coin, young Spanish art, Hong Kong Art Festival
  • A5IMTRIA, Festival. Fundacion Telefonica Lima, Perù
  • 3rd Edition, International festival of Video Art, Ferrara, Italy
  • Tom, the More Theatre, White Box, Bowery, New York
  • Reencontres Video International, Culturen Haus der Welt, Berlin
  • ‘Dopo la fine (“After the end”), RACCORDS Faux, Tabacco, Visual Arts Center, Madrid
  • ComuNicacionismos, Cuba Lodge, Havana Biennial, L’Avana
  • MyMementoVid, collateral events, 53rd Biennial of Venice, Venice
  • ComuNicacionismos, Danzig Academy of Fine Arts, Poland
  • Velocità Puntangeles Camera territoriali, Città di Valparaiso, Cile
  • Edge-Land, Sodijertale art gallery, Sodijertale, Sweden
  • Art and Health, Ministry of Fine Arts, Collateral Biennial of L’Avana, L’Avana
  • Il passato nel presente e lo stesso in politica estera (“The past in the present and the same in foreign policy”), Art Education Center, Gijón, Asturias
  • ArsSublimis, Estate Orensanz Museum, Governors Island, New York
  • In Residence, Città del Lavoro della Cultura
  • Miami-Volta, Liquid Space Gallery, Miami
  • La comunità desobrada, Cittadella di Pamplona, Pamplona
  • Undergentrification, Casa di Spagna a Santo Domingo, RepuBblica Dominicana
  • Detentore del record (Record holder), Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
  • Video Mace TEA Tenerife Space Center for the Arts, Tenerife

2008

  • La Terra Promessa (“The promised land”), Chelsea Art Museum, Chelsea, New York
  • Video-reacquainted Internationales, Jeu de Paume and the Pompidou Centre, Paris
  • Piccole rivoluzioni (“Small revolutions”), Tina B, Prague Festival
  • Senza Sun (“Without Sun”), Virgilio Voldere gallery, Chelsea, New York
  • Detentore del record (Record holder), iberica Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China
  • Art di incerta, Santo Domingo, Casa di Spagna, Dominican Republic
  • Earthbound, Tower Building, World Fair in Saragozza
  • Record mondiale (Record holder), IVAM, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia
  • Undergentrification, LP projects, Queens, New York, USA
  • Pulse Art Fair, liquid space, New York
  • Di riflessione estetica (“On aestethic reflection”), Madrid Open, The House on and Radio3, Madrid
  • Frail. A video introduction for Europe, Espai Ubu, Loop, Barcelona
  • Artist-board member for reports, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona
  • Explum International Exhibition of Modern Art, Murcia
  • OrsonSanPedro, Casa de Velazquez, Madrid

2007

  • uomo nella notte (“Man in the night”). 10th Biennial Exhibition of Istanbul, Istanbul. Turkey
  • Extensions e ancore (“Extensions and anchors”), laboral Art Centre, Gijon, in Asturias
  • Anamnesi, incontro tra due mari (“Anamnesys. A meeting between two seas”), Valencia Biennial, Sao Paulo, Valencia
  • The Art House, Ethan Cohen and white box projects, Miami Beach, Miami
  • The Spanish flies, Miami Beach, Miami
  • Artport, Making Waves. DIVA Art Fair, Paris, Le Louvre, Paris
  • Balelatina, Art Basel, Liquid Space Gallery, Basel, Svizzera
  • Scope Basel, Marc de Puechredon Gallery, Basel, Svizzera
  • Sonar-Festival, CCCB, Barcellona
  • HoritzóTV, Prospettive per un altro TV possibile (“Perspectives for another possible TV”). La Capella, Barcellona
  • BIDA, International Biennial Exhibition of Sports and Art, CCAI, Gijón
  • Di mira per ora (“By aim for now”), Art Center Linkoping, Sweden
  • Arc-07, Liquid Space Gallery, Gijón + Raquel Ponce Gallery, Madrid
  • Ti mando un Amico (“I’m sending you a friend”), DNA Gallery, Barcellona and Abyssal space, Bilbao
  • The signs of the city of Gijón and CAAC CCAI, Andalusian centre of Contemporary Art, Seville
  • PlayStation Suite, Madrid
  • Nord-Collection, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria

2006

  • Arco 06, liquid space
  • Fire Walk With Me, Caracas Biennial, Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Ibiza-Biennial the Ibizia Museum of Modern Art
  • Miniatures-VII Biennial, La Laguna, Canary islands
  • I Novartia Contest for artistic production, Murcia

2005

  • polacchi Apar t / Poles Together project, 51 Biennial of Venice, Italy
  • Freakylandia, T20 gallery, Murcia
  • Rifletti, Kunsthalle if Rostock, in Germany
  • Scope Art Fair, Ethan Cohen Projects, London
  • Water ways of the project, Venice, Italy
  • Photo LA, Ethan Cohen art gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • Mobile Art, Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA
  • Di Smuts, Carmen de la Guerra Gallery of Madrid
  • Art Brussels-05, liquid space, Brussels, Belgium
  • ForoSur-05, Latin American Contemporary Art Fair, liquid space, Cáceres
  • Explum, pop art contest, Murcia

2004

  • Psycho Bunker, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona
  • Only for masses – Blanca Soto gallery, Madrid
  • Artissima, Torino Fair, liquid space, Italy
  • Park your fair – Art ScopeArt, Ethan Cohen Art Gallery, Miami, USA
  • 04-Observatory, Museum of Art and Science, Valencia
  • International Fine Arts Contest of Cantabria, Santander
  • ScopeArt fair, Ethan Cohen Art Gallery, New York, USA
  • Art Brussels-04, liquid space, Brussels, Belgium
  • Off-Loop, Barcelona
  • Colonia Art Fair, liquid space, in Germany
  • Lisbon fair, liquid space, Lisbon
  • Artists -34, 14 days of revolution, Mieres
  • Dog Days, FIB, Art Festival of Benicassim, Castellon
  • Feedback, Space feedback, Madrid
  • IV Biennial Exhibition of Visual Arts, Rafael Boti Foundation, Córdoba International
  • Homes and streets, public and domestic art, Madrid

2003

  • Cologne Art Fair 03, Vostell gallery, Germany
  • Open spaces, Hangar, Barcelona
  • Biennial Exhibition of National Art of Pamplona, The Citadel, Pamplona
  • Generation 2003, la casa e itinerante Lit from Spain and Portugal
  • ARC-03, Vostell Gallery, Madrid
  • EX_IN, on exlusions and inclusions, Area C, Cantabria
  • Fluxus infinita Vostell Gallery, Madrid
  • Periferias_2, interventions in public spaces, FMC Gijón
  • Confluence-03, Asturian today Sculpture, University of Oviedo

2002

  • ARCO 02, Vostell Gallery, Madrid
  • The fair of Temptation 02, liquid space, Madrid
  • Landscape extracts, Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico, USA
  • Route Sense, Architecture, House of America, Madrid and Imatra Space, Bilba
  • ForoSur-02, Rafael Vostell gallery, Cáceres

Workshop

I’m speaking to walls

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