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spainGrand Opening 1 Dec 2009: ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN


Opening: ‘On the Outside Looking In’
December 1st, 2009 at 7.30pm
Nivell Zero-Fundació Suñol (C/ Rosselló, 240. Barcelona)

`On the Outside Looking In’, a group exhibition featuring twenty artists from Barcelona, or with a very special connection to the city, in nine venues around Barcelona. The event will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday December 1st, at Nivell Zero-Fundació Suñol. A performance by Alicia Framis, ‘Forbidden Places (Framis for Men)’ will officially open.

A project organised by ArtAids with the participation of twenty artists from Barcelona or with a special link to the city. ‘On The Outside Looking In’ is driven by a desire to increase awareness of the need for prevention and to reflect on the feelings of people living with HIV. The curator of the exhibition, Miquel Bardagil, sees it as the culmination of a project that began in 2008 and encompasses a very wide range of activities, some in collaboration with other institutions. In general, most of the artists participating in the project had not previously worked with the subject of Aids in any significant way, and thus the exhibition avoids predictable approaches and opens up new ways of seeing.

The idea of the exterior – the “outside” in the exhibition’s title– is linked to that of being outdoors. This concept is the starting point for the exhibition, allowing us an insight into the experience of HIV-positive people, and also structures the exhibition and the work of the artists. It is a starting point – even if it leads us elsewhere in the end.

This particular vision from the outside in, from several generations of artists and from different disciplines such as installation, photography, painting and video, is the concept that underlies the works presented by the artists. Each artist was given production budget and an artist’s fee, and will then transfer ownership of the work to ArtAids. Thus, the artists are involved on two fronts: by transferring ownership of the work, and by making an AIDS-related work.

On The Outside Looking In’ is the first project carried out by the ArtAids Foundation in Barcelona, the city where its local and international activities will be developed from now on. After its Barcelona season, ‘On The Outside Looking In’ will be presented in Oviedo (Banco Herrero Head Office) from September to November, 2010, and then at MuVM in Valencia from December 16th to February 27th, 2011.

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Francesc Abad – LEBENSWELT. La Cultura és un ganivet que s´endinsa en el futur. Diaris del pensar 6. Apunts 2002.
Ignasi AballíLínia vermella
Iñaki ÀlvarezLa vida podría ser esto (Ara resulta que sóc un heroi)
Roger BernatVosaltres
Jordi CanudasMàcula. La vida en blanc
Biel CapllonchWhere the clouds are far behind me
Pep DardanyàLab. 50
Alícia FramisTacones para hombres (Framis for Men)
Núria GüellRte. Sanatorio de los Cocos, Habana Campo. Cuba
Jean-Charles HueCarne viva
Cova MacíasLa cita
Anna Maríndar T
Josep-Maria MartínEl jardiner astrònom
Marina NúñezVisión (3)
Antonio OrtegaTrad as I
Santiago OrtizPlasma
Javier PeñafielVíctima de diagnóstico
L. A. RaevenDead Man Walking
Job RamosRes s’assembla a allò esperat i mentrestant descarreguem la nostra impaciència
Erich WeissRes no ha canviat / Nothing has changed (A tribute to Keith Haring)


View Mirant des de fora / Mirando desde fuera / On the Outside Looking In in a larger map

Educational and Theatre Project in La Mina Neighbourhood


The 1st Big Book of HIV Prevention will be produced in La Mina. The collaborative book will be created through the contributions of young and old, members of organisations and associations, workers and students, volunteers and participants in social projects: in short, by all the local residents who want to take an active role.
The book will be launched with a theatre action and artistic intervention that will mark the start of an awareness raising campaign. On completion, it will become part of the collection of Font de La Mina Library on Thursday December 3, at 5.30pm.

Educational project at La Casa Elizalde (from December 3rd to 10th)

A 2-hour program aimed at secondary school students. Based on an analysis of the exhibited works, students will construct a new space of knowledge around AIDS and people who live with this illness.

CASA ÀSIA: More To Love

‘More to Love’ was an exhibition presented at Bangkok and Chiang-Mai (Thailand) in the summer of 2008. ArtAids brought together twenty
European and Thai artist and a curator with people living with AIDS and others who are involved in the fight against the disease, with the objective of changing some of the mainstream attitudes that stigmatise people affected by HIV.


Otto Berchem
Top Changtrakul
Amrit Chusuwan
Patiroop Chychookiat
Tintin Cooper
Leo Copers
Toeingam Guptabutra
Sutee Kunavichayanont
Krit Ngamsom
Nuts Society and Practical Studio
Nipan Oranniwesna
Kamol Phaosavasdi
Pratchaya Phinthong
Arin Rungjang
Prateep Suthathongthai
Noree Thammarak
Gerald Van Der Kaap
Erich Weiss
Pornprasert Yamazaki