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The irony-infused surrealism of Juan Moreno’s ‘día perfecto’

cartell 2021 un dia perfectoThe Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next Monday 30 August at 7.00pm Juan Moreno’s “Un día perfecto” will take up residence at the municipal gallery in Sant Francesc. The show’s stars are the illustrations, although they share the spotlight with creative media like watercolours, paintings and printed reproductions.

Directly or otherwise, “Un día perfecto” revolves around the places, situations and people that typify Formentera. The show finds Moreno continuing to flesh out his personal vision of the island, a surface that he first began to scratch with “Universos paralelos” (2016) and “Fallo del sistema” (2018).

True to the same dynamic, Moreno’s ‘perfect day’ is a surreal world awash in ironic overtones, a universe existing between the real and the fictitious. From Sant Ferran and Fonda Pepe to Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc and La Mola, Moreno leads audiences on a tour of local landmarks populated by a rotating cast of characters, from the imagined to the familiar. Each illustration and painting tell a story, which viewers may freely reinterpret in turn.

Brought up on comic strips and illustrations, Moreno blends academian foundations with influences drawn from pop culture, notably comics, more recently resuscitating, along with co-founder Vicent Ferrer, the defunct hometown fanzine ADN.

Following a 7.00pm opening on Monday 30 August, the exhibition will be on view at “Ajuntament Vell” gallery from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Monday to Saturday, 31 August to 11 September.

26 August 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Mar Novell’s ‘Sòl de Formentera (Una mirada subjectiva)’ settles into ‘Ajuntament Vell’

cartell 2021 sol de formenteraThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to report that from 7.00pm, on Monday 16 August, the “Ajuntament Vell” municipal gallery welcomes “Sòl de Formentera (Una mirada subjectiva)”, a collection of collages put together by Mar Novell. The initiative took root in 2020, on photographic strolls which led Novell across the island’s network of roads. The project’s connection to the island runs deep, with Novell’s point of departure and natural habitat both contained within the confines of Formentera.

Novell’s photos offer a comprehensive vision of the ground on Formentera: near the sea, dusty, sandy, asphaulted, rocky, etc. The images find Novell translating a vertical gaze palpably and visibly: eyes look not at the beauty on the horizon but the earth upon which they tread. That gaze acts as a channel, interconnecting the outside world with the world within. It is, thus, a subjective gaze that changes the anonymous image into a feat of artistic framing.

Born in Lleida in 1975, Mar Novell got her education in humanism and culture. Novell’s professional work has seen her in advertising, communication and cultural management.

“Sòl de Formentera” will be on view at the “Ajuntament Vell” gallery from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm, Monday to Saturday, 17 to 28 August 2021. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings.

12 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Cynthia Díaz’s ‘Terra, aigua i aire’ settles into Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet”

cartell 2021 cynthia diaz ATomorrow, 10 to 19 August, resident painter Cynthia Díaz will take to Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ to pull the curtain back on “Terra, aigua i aire”, an exhibition celebrating the trifecta of essential elements —earth, water and wind— on Formentera.

The display by the Asturia native is a colour-rich pictorial collection of 12 pieces —from acrylic on canvas and small-format watercolours to graphite— offering a many-sided look at life on the island. “Terra, aigua i aire” is open Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

9 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

On 7 August, visitors get into La Mola lighthouse at no charge

cartell 2021 far de la mola gratuitaThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to report that on World Lighthouse Day this 7 August, 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.

3 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Volumes 5 and 6 of ‘Formentera’ hit shelves

foto 2021 revista formenteraBacked by the Formentera Department of Heritage, the recently-published volumes 5 and 6 of “Formentera” highlight lectures at the 2015 and 2016 Joan Marí Cardona Local Research Round-Tables.

Heritage councillor Raquel Guasch said FDH hoped the new issues and revamped look and feel of the review would “elevate the science around local cultural heritage”. While Covid-19 forced cancelation of the Joan Marí Local Research Round-Tables in 2020, Guasch said the associated articles would be included a forthcoming publication, and indicated an in-person format for the event could be back by October.

The Joan Marí Local Research Round-Tables have historically encompassed a multiplicity of fields, with an overarching focus on the humanities and social sciences.

Volume 5 of “Formentera” features work by Fanny Tur Riera on local teachers and the island’s first schools; Ángel Custodio Navarro Sánchez focuses on hometown efforts to defend the civil law of the Pine Islands; María José Escandell Torres shares findings from an archaeological study of restoration efforts at the Sant Francesc rectory; Francesca Tugores Truyol takes an in-depth look at the work of Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria, and Virgilio Martínez Enamorado gives an update on an Arabic epigraph discovered on the island.

Volume 6 finds Maria Bofill Martínez enlist research on macrolithic tools in reflecting on the lives of Formentera’s prehistoric inhabitants. Fellow archaeologists Enrique Aragón Núñez and Javier Rodríguez Pandozi parse the S’Espardelló wreck in an attempt to unpack maritime relations in the Balearic Sea up to decline of the Roman Empire. Turning the focus to seafarers of the modern age, Santiago Colomar Ferrer studies how Formentera became a base for North African corsairs. Back on land, Olga Cardona Guasch approaches road and easement ownership from a legal standpoint and, lastly, Enric Ribes i Marí delves into the subject of local place names.

2 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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