The memory of the landscape and human constructions. Nalgures by Narelle Jubelin

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Narelle Jubelin.
Natalia Poncela.
From June 03, 2022 to October 16, 2022.
Contemporary Art Center of Galicia. R. de Ramón del Valle-Inclán, 2, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain.
Photograph courtesy of CGAC.


Narelle Jubelin. Born in Sydney in 1960, between 1985 and 1987 Jubelin was co-founder (with Roger Crawford, Tess Horwitz and Paul Saint) of the Sydney-based Firstdraft Gallery, which remains today the longest-running artist-run initiative in Australia.

Jubelin has lived and worked in Madrid since 1996. This particular path has led her to establish a strong relationship with Spain while addressing issues related to Australian history and culture.  She is famous for her petit-point renditions of heavily charged photographs that allow her to explore historical lines that interconnect location and history. She is interested in the way objects travel and translates. Thus, every detail of her work is important; the exhibition, the setting and the site, including the journeys made by the work itself, are one more layer to the reading of the works that acquire meaning with each new exhibition. Her technique slows the process of image assimilation through intricate stitching and unfolding that forces the viewer to engage with the intimacy of scale.

She works with different materials and has exhibited widely in the last twenty years, from Aperto in the 1990 Venice Biennale, the Hayward Gallery, London in 1992, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Renaissance Society, Chicago in 1994, and the 2009 Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates. She had solo shows at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009; Heide Museum, Melbourne, 2009; Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2012 and Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2014.

For over two decades, Jubelin has stitched miniature petit points, combining them with objects and textual citations in architectural, photographic and painterly installations.

Natalia Poncela López

Natalia Poncela López has a degree in Art History from USC. She focuses her professional activities on contemporary visual creation, mainly in the publishing field, and works as an art historian and critic in various media and institutions. She was curator of the Trompe-la-mémoire exhibition projects. Devices of temporality and post on stage (Fundación Luís Seoane, 2000) and Rubén Santiago. Honoris Causa (Alterarte Room, 2012). She was editor-in-chief of the international contemporary art magazine, Art Notes (2004-2010) and a teacher on the Master's Degree in Contemporary Art, Museology and Criticism at USC, where she taught workshops on art criticism.

In 2007 he directed the Mediation Arts course. The roles of art criticism in the digital age. He also coordinated the holding of congresses, courses and conferences organized by the Galician Culture Council. She is currently a member of the Contemporary Visual Arts and Creation section of the Galician Culture Council, works as an art critic for the Diario Cultural program on Galician Radio (since 2006) and collaborates with the magazine Tempos Novos.



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