Enric Farrés Duran, El viatge frustrat (The Frustrated Journey), 2015, digital video, color, sound, 93 minutes 15 seconds.

Enric Farrés Duran

Nogueras Blanchard | Madrid

Deeply rooted in the cultural scene of Catalonia, the work of Enric Farrés Duran tends to be aligned with that region’s post-Conceptual tradition. Although the artist is not unknown in Madrid, where he has shown his work in noncommercial venues, “Empezar por el medio” (Beginning in the Middle) was his first solo exhibition in the city and featured a selection of recent works gathered around a central piece, El viatge frustrat (The Frustrated Journey), a 2015 video that remains one of his best works.

Recorded on a cell phone, the footage traces a voyage in a small boat from the Catalan town of Palafrugell to the French coast. The trip is based on one undertaken in 1918 by Josep Pla, an ancestor of the artist and one of the fathers of modern Catalan literature, who narrates the experience in the 1927 book from which Farrés Duran borrowed the title of his exhibition. At the start of the video,

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