A succesful first year at firstsite

Posted: 27 September 2012 by ESCALA in News  

ESCALA is celebrating after a succesful first year of exhibitions in the University Space at firstsite, Colchester. Between September 2011 and November 2012 , over 40,000 people have visited our exhibitions and attended related talks and events.  The University Space opened with Southern Press: Prints from Brazil, Paraguay and Chile curated by Ian Dudley, a doctoral student from the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. The selection, from the ESCALA Collection, focused on the works of thirteen printmakers, including Oswaldo Goeldi, Lívio Abramo, Antonio Henrique Amaral, Olga Blinder, Nemesio Antúnez and other key practitioners from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.  Southern Press was produced in collaboration with Meeting Margins: Transnational Art in Latin America and Europe 1950 – 1978, a three-year research project (2008-2011) in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex, and TrAIN, the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation at the University of the Arts London.

Our second exhibition, Unravelling Threads, was curated by another doctoral student from the School of Philosophy and Art History: Valeria Paz Moscoso.  Before coming to the University of Essex, Valeria was Head of the Museum Section and Curator of Exhibitions at the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia. Unravelling Threads explores issues related to textile production by the indigenous people of the Andean region of South America. The exhibition was accompanied by several events: a family workshop on Andean quipus; a curator’s talk and Fiber of Prayer / Fiber of Gold, a specially commissioned performance by New York-based Chilean artist, Cecilia Vicuña. For Unravelling Threads, ESCALA acquired a new artwork by Bolivian artist aruma-Sandra De Berduccy entitled Efectivo (Effective/Cash) which was one of the most popular pieces in the exhibition. ESCALA later invited aruma-Sandra De Berduccy to perform at Pinta.

ESCALA's third exhibition was Siron Franco: Suspicious Story which showcased the Collection's holdings of one of Brazil’s foremost artists.  Siron’s work holds an important place in ESCALA.  Mémoria (Memory), 1990-1992, which was included in the exhibition, was the Collection’s first acquisition, donated by University of Essex graduate Charles Cosac in 1993. 

ESCALA looks forward to developing its programme and associated activities at firstsite in the coming year.

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