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Patricia Esquivias, The Future Was When?, 2009, video, color, sound, 19 minutes 51 seconds.

Patricia Esquivias

Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (MARCO)

Patricia Esquivias, The Future Was When?, 2009, video, color, sound, 19 minutes 51 seconds.

Patricia Esquivias has an unquestionably international background. Born in Caracas in 1979 to a Spanish father and a Peruvian mother, she studied in the UK and the US and subsequently divided her time between Mexico and Spain before settling her practice in Madrid. Her work is nonetheless deeply grounded in a keen interest in Spain’s history and culture. The title of her recent solo exhibition “Todas las tradiciones son inventadas” (All Traditions Are Inventions) refers to the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm’s idea of “invented traditions.” Hobsbawm was known for his skepticism about the linear narratives that tend to define history, and a similar skepticism seems to underpin much of Esquivias’s work. Brilliantly thought out by Agar Ledo, MARCO’s chief curator, in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition showcased her distinctive approach to storytelling, with its emphasis

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