Barcelona

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

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

Black Tulip

Galeria Estrany - de la Mota

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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