JOSEP LE MONDE ET MOI
JOSEP THE WORLD AND I
JOSEP EL MÓN I JO
JOSEP EL MUNDO Y YO
CENTRE GRAU-GARRIGA D’ART TEXTÌL CONTEMPORANI . SANT-CUGAT DEL VALLÈS . SPAIN
MAY 21 – FEBRUARY 19 . 2023

Curator : Esther Grau-Garriga I Quintana

An image, which links the work Les Nouvelles cartographies du désir by Joël Andrianomearisoa, in the exhibition Brise du Rouge Soleil (Aigues-Mortes, France, 2021), with the work monument A l’Anarquia (1976) by Josep Grau-Garriga, is the germ of the exhibition Josep le monde et moi. Bringing these two works together was intuitively revealing, and was the starting point for inviting Joël Andrianomearisoa to exhibit at the Centre Grau-Garriga d’Art Tèxtil Contemporani and at the monastery of Sant Cugat.

© Studio Joël Andrianomearisoa

The exhibition brings together two artists from different generations who have never met, with experiences and imaginaries belonging to distant places and times, but who are nevertheless able to dialogue on the basis of their common creative attitude.With very particular artistic expressions, and with a body of work that apparently have little to do with each other – beyond the use of textile – Andrianomearisoa and Grau-Garriga share a fascinating combination of passion and intimacy. their work, with their own languages and codes, converge in nuclear and transversal aspects, where roots, affections, links and a deep respect for the details of the lived experience, coexist with porosity, with the desire to be penetrated by new and diverse horizons. Monumental and intimate, expansive and symbolic, Joël and Josep share the same way of living through creation, while they create what they live they experiment, construct, elaborate and transform with different materials, avoiding frontiers… on the loom, on the sheet of paper, on canvas or in the space.

Josep le monde et moi undertakes symbolic worlds in white, black and red, colours that dress these rooms with traces of the physical worlds and the emotional universes of two artists who weave their world by letting the world weave them.

This journey is a small world of their worlds, which begins with the silent white of intimacy, the delicacy of memories, and the revival of affections. It continues with the dense black night of stillness, solitude, sensuality and infinity. and it ends with the illuminating red, the red of passion for the discovery of other worlds.

Finally, the world of the angels in the chapterhouse of the cloister of the Sant-Cugat monastery; dancing with the angels, by Andrianomearisoa, and Mort I resurrecció, by Grau-Garriga, two large installations that dialogue, from the mystery, on what is no longer earthly.

Esther Grau-Garriga I Quintana