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Pilar Aldea’s latest show preaches ‘living the moment’

foto 2021 residirBThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to announce that from Tuesday 13 July, an exhibition from artist Pilar Aldea will take up residence in two separate spaces: “Residir l’instant” will be on view at Ajuntament Vell gallery till 31 July and at the Far de la Mola cultural and educational space till 16 October.

The Ajuntament Vell installation features 66 photographs from the artist’s INSTANTS series and seven pieces of photo patchwork Aldea calls “residences”. The Far de la Mola experience revolves around a nine-minute video loop dubbed “COMÚ”, plus eleven other residences and the poetic text “Llàtzars”. “Residir l’instant” grapples with the permanent stillness of photography and the potential to alter it by acting on imagery.
The Ajuntament Vell show opens at 7.00pm on Tuesday 13 July, and the Far de la Mola show opens at 10.00am a day later. Aldea put it thus: “Photographic subjects are suspended in time, trapped in an instant, surrounded by the circumstance in which he or she resides at that moment. They’ve been crystallised in a lifeless space; the photograph, in some sense, is dead weight... Finding a liberating Lazarus effect to ease the burden of the gaze became crucial, and between readings and musings I washed up on the shores of Ortega y Gasset, and his reflections on circumstance. It led me to focus on the images that run through his distinct worlds, my assumption being that to alter their ‘here’ would create a new ‘now’ and generate a flash of life”.

Aldea received her undergraduate degree in image at Madrid’s CEV School of Communication, Image and Sound in 2002. Solo and in group, she has showed photos at an array of venues including Palacio de la Audiencia (Soria), María Zambrano Library of Madrid’s Universidad Complutense, JustMAD at the Official College of Architects of Madrid and Conde Duque Cultural Centre (Madrid). In 2019, she unveiled “Semblen cordes” at Ajuntament Vell as part of the Formentera Film Festival.

In 1994, Aldea started Consulta Films, a production company split between Brussels and Madrid which she helped run until 2009. Two years later, with the help of Como Mola Productions, she started a participatory project focused on filmmaking, sharing its first fruits at the Formentera Film Festival. She has remained a collaborator since then, presenting her short film “EDÈN” at last year’s edition.

A member of the Espai_F collective since 2015, Pilar Aldea has had strong ties with the island since 1988, and currently lives in La Mola.

“Residir l’instant” opens Tuesday 13 July at 7.00pm. It can be seen at Ajuntament Vell gallery from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm until 31 July (closed Sundays and Monday mornings). It can be seen at Far de la Mola from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 9.00pm on Wednesdays and Sundays.

12 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

2nd LLUN3S festival lights up Far de la Mola

cartell 2021 llun3sThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to announce that the la Mola lighthouse patio will once again be the scene of music-infused shindigs to celebrate the three full moons of summer 2021.

“From Baroque to early music” is the tagline of this year’s series, and the first instalment hits Thursday 22 July. With “Yes, We Bach”, Menorca’s own Il gesto armonico explore the lasting impact of Johann Sebastian Bach on the musical tradition. The musicians start with the full-tilt Baroque of the patriarch himself before tackling everything up to the dynasty’s close. On 21 August, Solnegre will present “Fantasia”, a survey of the melodies that animated the distinct kingdoms of 16th-century Iberian Peninsula. As the festival winds down, Ailàs! enlist historical instruments and a proficiency with period aesthetics as they breathe life into “L’expansió del movimient trobadoresc” — a selection of 13th- and 14th-century material.

To respect the cliff-dwelling virots for whom the LLUN3S concert backdrop doubles as a nesting site, attendees will receive a pair of headphones connected to an internal amplification system.

Another new feature this year is the change from “pay-what-you-can” to a “pay-when-you-book” system. Admission for one concert is €15 and €35 for a three-concert pack. Seating capacity is restricted to 100. Tickets can be purchased by emailing entradesllun3s@gmail.com.

LLUN3S is a joint initiative by Espai F_ and the Formentera Department of Culture with support from Ports de Balears and Ràdio Illa.

6 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

On 1 July, visitors get into La Mola lighthouse at no charge

cartell 2021 gratuit far de la molaThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to report that on World Marine Aids to Navigation Day this 1 July, admission fees will be waived at the Far de la Mola cultural and educational space. Until 31 October, the lighthouse will open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm and Wednesday and Sunday evenings, 5.00pm to 9.00pm. The lighthouse is closed on Mondays.

The building is divided into two exhibition spaces: the first, dedicated to a permanent installation on all things maritime —the undersea environment, underwater natural resources, sailing and light signage— and the second, devoted to temporary art exhibits.

29 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Raquel Caramazana’s “Animalario” settles into ‘Ajuntament Vell’ gallery

cartell 2021 animalarioThis 28 June, Raquel Caramazana will take to the “Ajuntament Vell” exhibition space to present Animalario: a selection of 40-some pieces crafted using an array of distinct artistic techniques.

To visitors of the Department of Culture-sponsored display, the artist presents her personal menagerie: foregrounded animals whose gestures, textures and colours offer a precious glimpse into the artist’s perspective.

Caramazana was born in the region of Bierzo and studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. She now lives on Formentera, where she will display her first works in colour, plus others made with Chinese ink, a technique to which she has dedicated the last 11 years. Accompanying each illustration are curiosities about the animal pictured, with techniques spanning watercolours, oils, Chinese ink and sculpture, and different materials based on the technique employed.

Animalario is on view at “Ajuntament Vell” until 10 July, Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Sundays and Monday mornings, closed). An opening is scheduled for 28 June at 7.0opm.

25 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera gets look at ‘Piedras escritas—Arabic inscriptions in the Pine Islands’

cartell 2021 piedras escritasThe Museu Arqueològic d’Eivissa i Formentera (Archaeological Museum of Eivissa and Formentera) in collaboration with the Consell de Formentera will host a presentation of the latest issue of Treballs del Museu Arqueològic d’Eivissa i Formentera (Works of the Archaeological Museum of Eivissa and Formentera, TMAEF) entitled “Piedras escritas—Arabic inscriptions in the Pine Islands”. The presentation will feature the book’s author, Professor Virgilio Martinez Enamorado (University of Malaga) and Dr Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza, who contributed the prologue. TMAEF is financed by the Balearic Department of European Funds, University and Culture, and this is the series’ 79th instalment. The presentation in Formentera will be held on Saturday 26 June 26 at 8.30pm in jardí de ses Eres. Capacity will be limited and attendees must be seated.

23 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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