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Black Tulip, New Origin (Phase 1), 2013, scaffolds, nylon belts, fabric, dimensions variable.

Black Tulip

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Black Tulip, New Origin (Phase 1), 2013, scaffolds, nylon belts, fabric, dimensions variable.

Last year was a difficult one for Barcelona: The ongoing economic recession in combination with increasing political crisis has turned the once dazzling Catalan capital into a disheartening wasteland. One of the very few glittering lights was the emergence of Black Tulip, the enigmatic umbrella under which a number of artists explore, among other things, issues of authorship in creative processes. The group has no fixed membership; each project has different participants. Early in March of last year, for instance, Black Tulip performed an inspiring action at Halfhouse, an artist’s association that has become a true space of resistance against politicians’ philistinism. On a late-winter night, a good two dozen people headed toward the woods in the hills surrounding Barcelona, where they picked up a tall, fallen tree and carried it on their shoulders back to the Halfhouse headquarters.

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