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The documentary is a meditation on the life and creative process of a variety of self-taught Spanish artists.
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The documentary aims to document the life and work of some Spanish artists whose creative process transcends the established rules of the art world. By documenting these exceptional pieces of art the documentary will contribute to creating awareness of their importance, simultaneously broadening the limits of current art practices. Ultimately, through documenting these sites and amplifying these voices, we aim to make Spanish organisations and museums understand the importance of preserving and saving these singular pieces of art.

The driving force behind this project is us acknowledging (after many years of observing the London art world, for instance) the limitations of what such an understanding of art can create within society, and a desire to explore and experience for ourselves different contexts and modes of creation. Knowing that the drive to create of these people comes from the same core as those widely represented in art institutions or recognised by art history, we want to include rather than exclude them.

Art is infinite, and as it is, we are in search of these expressions which somehow happen on the margins of the big cultural hubs. By doing so, we believe we are making not only a documentary about particular art environments but a general quest into the core of creative expression. The fact that these artists hardly compromise towards building an artistic career, but rather keep working quietly in small towns or in the middle of nature has intrigued us from the start.

Why are these people doing what they are doing? A primordial need for creative work and expression is embodied in these people and places, with no search for monetary profit. The joy and reality of creating itself.

La casa de Cristál - Felix Sanpériz
La casa de Cristál - Felix Sanpériz

Mission

The mission of this project is to document the life and work of a variety self-taught artists. Most of this art environments are continually at risk and the appreciation and documentation of this sites favours positive progress for greater inclusivity in our historical definition of what art is.

El Jardín de Peter - Peter Buch
El Jardín de Peter - Peter Buch

Objectives

  • To showcase a variety of unique self-taught artists creating Art environments in Spain 
  • To support the development of a more democratic art-world in Spain and open investigation routes about a subject that is still hardly explored in Spain but of vital importance for the future of these sites.
  •  Increase popular awareness of alternative art forms
  • To help the issue of conserving and preserving environmental spanish art.
  • To meditate on the fringes of art, what belongs to art history and what not. Why? What is art?
Monumento a los inmortales - Pascual Zapater
Monumento a los inmortales - Pascual Zapater

The budget

  • £1,000 Travel expenses to document the sites
  • £200 Sound Design
  • £300 Post-production & distribution costs

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La Pinturitas de Arguedas
La Pinturitas de Arguedas

 

Who is behind this project

Photo by Ana Larruy
Photo by Ana Larruy

Katarina Grbic 1995. Barcelona, Spain. Arts and Festival Management student. Currently living in London, UK.

Katarina Grbic first fell in love with self-taught art when finding the book Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (World of Art) by Collin Rhodes. Since that day she has been involved in different projects that support the development of alternative art forms. In 2015 she worked for the Museum of Everything (London) for the development of their upcoming exhibition in Rotterdam. Later on, she decided to do a personal research project that questioned if "Self-taught Art" is becoming mainstream, by exploring the opinion of a variety of artists and gallery owners of U.S.A and UK. At the moment she has decided to centre her final major project on Spanish environmental sites.

Photo by Juan Patiño
Photo by Juan Patiño

 Román Cadafalch. 1993. Barcelona, Spain. Filmer and photographer. Currently living in London, UK.

Román Cadafalch first got into the arts through photography, which quickly introduced him into the visual world which surrounds him (and all of us). Even if today he has grown further from photography and experimented with other mediums, such as video, drawing or painting, the education he received through the simple act of going out (wherever) with a camera, still remains at centre. Inspiration for him does not come from a specific place but from anywhere within his human experience. His aim is to keep working on his artistic skills, allowing him to bring forth subjective experiences, feelings or thoughts into the material and shareable spectrum of art.

Special thanks to collaborators Anna Cornudella and Emma Casadevall, and all the artists that have allowed to be documented and to be part of this project. We would also like to give special thanks to Jo Farb Hernández for her passion and dedication towards art and her project "Singular Spaces", which is the root of this documentary.

Risks and challenges

Considering this is our first documentary project, it might be possible to experience unexpected circumstances. We will try and meet the expected deadlines but it might be possible to experience delays in the project, mainly due to us being based in London and the sites existing in Spain. This distance with the sites is a problem when trying to keep up a continuous follow-up.

We hope to successfully fund our campaign to cover the costs of the documentary.

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