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Pep Dardanyà

(Caldes d’Estrac, 1961)

Pep Dardanyà is a visual artist, anthropologist and cultural administrator. He is currently director of Can Xalant, Centre for Creation and Contemporary Art. Pep Dardanyà uses video, photography and installations to create interventions that disrupt the viewer’s awareness in some way. His works initially refer us to the gaze and the nature of the artistic process, and then to the complexity of the social processes involved in phenomena like illegal migration, exploitation (social, sexual, etc.) and the marginalisation of others.

PARTICIPAte in on the outside looking in with the work:

Lab. 50 (2008 – 2009)
Photo/Video installation.

Lab. 50’ takes the form of a peculiar kind of travel diary, in the mode of an ex-voto offering. The destination is the city of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo– a former Belgian colony– which once housed a cutting-edge laboratory for research into the polio vaccine… Lab.50 explores the destitution of Africa and its vulnerability to AIDS, which is seriously affecting the continent’s already-weakened economic and social structures.

Acknowledgements: Carme Altayo, Veterinaris sense Fronteres, Barcelona. Oliver Maloba, Espace Culturel Ngoma, Kisangani. Miguel Ángel Martínez, Fundació IrsiCaixa at Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona. Juana Díez, Virology Group, DCEXS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.