Logos Junta de Andalucía y  Consejería de Cultura

Enlace al directorio institucional de la Cultura y el Deporte(en nueva ventana)

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo
 Information »  Exhibitions »  Activities »  Education »  Collection »  Publications »  Library »  Intrusiones »  Press »


Opening: October 8, 2014, at 20:30 h.
: October 9, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Place: North Cloister and Patio de Pérgolas
Curator: Juan Bosco Díaz-Urmeneta
Organized by: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife, Universidad de Granada - Centro de Cultura Contemporánea
Edited by: Centro de Estudios Andaluces
With the collaboration of: ABC, Diario de Cádiz, Diario de Sevilla, Cadena Ser
Exhibition Session: Landscape: Contemplation, Memory and Activism

This exhibition can be interpreted as a long, slow journey down the River Guadalquivir, from the banks of La Cartuja, when the island was still terra incognita, to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where it meets the sea. But journeys inevitably change the traveller, and Carmen Laffón's work, grappling with the river's shifting moods, blazes another trail through the very landscape: landscapes that capture the unexpected encounter on La Cartuja, the teeming life on the riverbanks at Bonanza, the gaze that awaits and espies the growing light of dawn over the Coto de Doñana or Doñana Nature Reserve from Sanlúcar, the imminence of the sea at La Jara. We can even make out a third path, laid by the paint itself: measured strokes in Seville, ascendant materiality at Bonanza, colour architecture in the Coto, serene succession of parallel forms at La Jara.

Travel requires an occasional respite, and Laffón found hers beside the river, in the vineyard that surrounds her studio at La Jara. In collusion with the earth, La viña (The Vineyard) offers both shelter and fertility under skies that reflect nature's endless ebb and flow. The vineyard is therefore landscape and locus, and so too are the drawings of the Generalife which contrast the splendour of the vine with the secluded sensuality of the Arab garden.

The locus grows with its inhabitant. Laffón sees her locus take shape in the objects that condense that effort, whether intellectual or physical; in the texts and images that allow us to retrace the poetic universe of the author of Don Quixote, but also in the tools and materials of everyday activity in a blacksmith's shop or the simple impedimenta of the whitewasher representing the age-old culture of lime.

In the end, the exhibition comes full circle: it returns to La Cartuja, to the Priory Garden, as if the artist had transferred her studio to the very site explored, back in 1976, by the drawings that open this show.

Juan Bosco Díaz-Urmeneta



Text [Juan Bosco Díaz-Urmeneta: Carmen Laffón. Landscape and Locus]

Exhibition Labels [Exhibitions Labels]

Nota de prensa [Press Dossier]

Imágenes en alta resolución [High Resolution Images]

Imágenes en alta resolución [Photo Album on Flickr]



CARMEN LAFFÓN. Lime: Red Tub [La Cal. Bidon rojo]. 2012

CARMEN LAFFÓN. View of the Vineyard II [Vista desde la viña II]. 2006-2007

[Legal Notice]     Site Map | Press | Museums                      Receive by e-mail any Caac annoucement    Blog de la cultura y el deporte de AndalucíaVisita la página del CAAC en facebook Visita el perfil del CAAC en TwitterVisita la página del CAAC en FlickrVisita la página del CAAC en Issuu