A pioneer and one of the main representatives of performance art in Spain, Esther Ferrer (b. 1937, Donostia/San Sebastián) started to participate in the activities of the ZAJ Group with Walter Marchetti, Ramon Barce, and Juan Hidalgo in 1967, and since then, has made action art her main medium, even though in the 1970s she went back to creating staged photographs, installations, paintings based on series of prime numbers or ∏, objects, etc. Her oeuvre is a part of the Minimalist and Conceptual Art movement, which began during the 1960s with Stéphane Mallarmé, Georges Perec, John Cage, or Fluxus as its leading figures, as well as of the feminist movements of the time. Throughout her extensive career, Ferrer has participated in numerous action art festivals and has presented works at numerous museums. She has also won multiple awards: in 1999, she was one of the Spanish representatives at the Venice Biennial; in 2008, she was awarded with the National Prize in Plastic Arts; in 2012, she received the Gure Artea Prize from the Basque Government and in 2014, the MAV Prize (Women in Visual Arts), the Marie Claire Award in Contemporary Art, and the Velázquez Award in Plastic Arts.
This thematic exhibition will exclusively include unseen projects never realized as a part of an exhibition.
Curators: Petra Joos