Me and a diverse group of people approached the role of pilgrim in an Gotland that is overwhemeld by touists in the summertime. Using the medieval churches of Gotland as landmarks, the route aimed to create a 'secular' pilgrimage as a reflection of human behaviour in the shifting world in which we live.
On November, 18th, 19th and 20th 2017, a group of 6 people used a Pilgrim Way on Gotland as a framework for explore what happens when we swap the comforts of our daily life for an existential trip on horseback and how it can transform into a locally and socially rooted tourist experience.
On June 3rd 2015, I started in Sundsvall a pilgrimage known as S:t Olavsleden that crosses through the most agnostic countries on the world, Sweden and Norway. I got Research funding by Royal Insitute of Art in Stockholm to carry out the project; there was an open call to people participate in it.
A site-specific project on Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.
'Vi är här' means that we are here. We are sharing a place. We are walking on the island.
An island for us
Winter solstice, Stockholm
The return of the light.
To create a sacred place in the center of the city. To celebrate the light comes back. To celebrate the cycle of life.
My proposal for Pilgrimweek at Lat.63 Art Arena is to make a sound art intervention on the S:t Olavsleden using the bells of the church of Frösö.
The Earth is moving.
The Cycle of Life continues.
The Earth is alive.
Feeling the Earth’s motion is to be connected with it.
Comet Encke returns again like it did long time ago. Bronze age man recorded it with Rock Carvings. Man's knowledge has changed but we have the same questions about our existence.
In Ekenberg, Norrköping, we can find hundreds of rock carvings made by man 4000 years ago. There are drawings of ships, cup-marks (planets and stars), men, animals... One carving distinguish itself from the other: a series of concentric circles with a long sword. This drawings tells us about the Earth-crossing comet Encke during a solar eclipse at 1596 BC.
In 2013, 21st November, comet Encke return again.
The stars are the same. The comet is the same. Everything goes in circles.
Open eyes, Wake up, Look out, Get Dressed, Carry the backpack, Open the door, Feel the air, Breath deeply, Smile, Start walking... Begin a path.
This artworks talk about my experience with lived space.
This artwork is a registration of all of life space in a digital age where all data is recorded. I want to keep the traces of my family experiences in those land properties and I want to make it evident for future generations.
The Chiquero is a space built by my great-grandfather Lorenzo, like a Megalithic building that makes reference to past times, not lineal. The cycle goes back to the origin, a different time from biological time.
1 life space.
A serie of photographies about landscapes modified by human hands.
Mines in León, vineyards in portuguese Duero river, olives in Jaén... Domesticated land.
Born in Madrid.
Currently he resides in Stockholm
Graduated in Kungl. Konsthögskolan (Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm) in 2016
Studied Fine Arts in Complutense University of Madrid in 2013.
Graduated in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad Europea (Madrid) in 1999.
Apostlahästar på Gotland, Art Research Project. Gotland. [more info].
Mind Department, R-Lab show. Mindepartementet Gallery, Stockholm
A Pilgrim Way on Gotland. Art Research Project. Gotland. [more info].
Öns Röst. Sound Intervention. Pilgrim Week - Lat 63 art arena, Frösön [more info].
Brucebo's artist-in-residence. "Apostlahästar på Gotland". GocArt Gallery, Visby
Johan Tobias Sergel and his friends. Collect Yourself, MFA Graduate Show, Stockholm [more info]. Collective Exhibition. "Collect Yourself". MFA Graduate Show, Stockholm
Solo show. "Vi är har". Galleri Mejan, Stockholm. [more info]
Collective Exhibition. "Exhibiting Painting". OpenArt Biennale, Órebro.
KKH MA1 Show. FAFA Gallery, Helsinki.
Collective Exhibition. "Exhibiting Painting". Kuva/Tila Gallery, Helsinki . [more info]
Public Space Intervention. "Efter Mörker Ljus". Brunkebergstunneln, Stockholm . [more info]
Installation. "Ta med hjem". Harbakka Workshop. Bergen, Norway. [more info]
Drawings & video. "Jordens Ljus" .The Rest of Us Colective Exhibition. Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm [more info]
Project. "Dag=Natt" Mellanrummet. Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm [more info]
Project. "Kometen Kommer Tillbaka Igen". Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm [more info]
Painting. "El Negro no es un color. Azul " Collective Exhibition in El Cubo, Las Rozas, Madrid
Drawing . Más que Libros. 1st Artist Book Fair of Madrid. Fine Arts UCM Stand. Madrid
Drawing . El libro como espacio de creación. Fine Arts UCM Librery.
Photography. "Tierra Domesticada" Exhibition in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Madrid
Photography. "Tierra Domesticada" Exhibition in Tarifa, Cádiz
Photography. "Tierra" Collective Exhibition in La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Photography. “Parejas" Exhibition en Más cornadas da el hambre, Madrid
Photography. "Parejas" Exhibition in Casa de la Juventud de Manzanares El Real
Photography. "Estética de La Alhambra" Collective Exhibition in Colegio Arquitectos, Madrid
Photography. "Estética de La Alhambra" Collective Exhibition in Palacio Carlos V, Granada
GRANTS, AWARDS, ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCIES
AIR_BALTIC (Baltic Art Center)
S:t Olavsleden. KKH Artistic Research funding.
Stalker walk Stalker. Tallin (EST) – Artist-in-residency.
AAA Stiftelsen grant.
Swedish Research Polar Station, Abisko (SWE) – Artist-in-residency.
Hardbakka, Bergen (NOR) – Artist-in-residency.
AAA Stiftelsen grant.
2017 "Walking toward the meeting of Saint Olav". Book release. Instituto Cervantes, Stockholm.
2016 “Gotland. En ö. En led.” Presentation event of the project A Pilgrim Way on Gotland
Talk about the exhibition ‘This way’ by Stephen Willats. Saturday tours of Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation. Stockholm
2016 "Walking toward the meeting of Saint Olav". Project book.
2012 “Más que libros” Fair Catalog . Photo and artist book refenrece.
2012 “El libro como proceso de creación” exhibition catalog. Complutense University of Madrid
2009 Revista Room nº 6. La Fábrica Editorial. "Tierra Domesticada". Report about art work
2008 LA TIERRA (Manual de Uso) book. Fundación Acciona. collaboration with photo artwork
1997 "La poética de la ciudad. La ciudad de la Alhambra", catalog of artistic meeting schoolarship
AWARDS AND SPECIAL MENTIONS
Photography Marathon Award of Caja Madrid “Díptico" and 2 special mentions. 2004
Award for the best animation movie: "EL TIC". Notodolmfest.com 2003
Finalist in Notodopublifest.com 2004 for "TOUT SERA COMME VANT"
Award for best script and nominations for the best lmajer and the best actress for "SALSA CONYUGAL " in II Certamen de Cortometrajes de la UEM 1998
August 2012. XIV International Course of Contemporany Ceramica, Pontevedra
August 2011. XIII International Course of Contemporany Ceramica, , Pontevedra
November 2010. Ceramic Course of Smoke decoration by Mara García, Martiherreros
July 2010. Cátedra Francisco de Goya. Course on modelling byFrancisco López, Ávila
July 2006. Photography Course by Pablo Genovés, Llanes, Asturias
July 1997. Schoolarship of "Estética en La Alhambra" Course. Photo and video, Granada
info [at] juanmagonzalez.com
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Lives in Stockholm, Sweden
My work is take intuitive ideas that emerged and converting them into both poetic gestures based on participatory activities for engaging people in situations outside their everyday life and exchange frameworks for leading the audience through the relational experience. To convey it, I am working on processes in which I embed myself in a place where I make a proposition: to accept my invitation to engage and get a new feeling-post encounter.
From this point, I understand the role of artist as a catalyst for breaking the normalcy of the quotidian life: if people run I propose go slowly, if people live in cities I bring the nature into the public space, if people don't talk to each other I endeavor a discussion space. I believe in the social function of art as a binding element for a variety of communities coexisting in the same society. In a our currently world which is constantly in flux, art should flow at the same pace, and in the same space, as the cosmopolitan society.
Art exists to make the invisible visible and to be the embodiment of the unexplainable. Art is a pause for making the spectators aware of carelessness in the environment. Art is a meeting point of shared social values and the conviction that the concreteness of the sensible world can transform life as it is lived with others.