Exhibition, April 27 – September 24
Bernat Daviu (Girona, 1985) is a restless figure on the Barcelona art scene today. Both artist and dealer, Daviu combines running the Passatge Studio and the Bombon Projects gallery with prolific artistic production, as well as his activities as a founder-member of the Forever Blowing Bubbles group. Trained at the Central Saint Martins art school in London, he focuses his work on reviving the utopian, revolutionary spirit of the avant-garde movements through an approach that is romantic, ironic and rebellious. It was with this goal in mind that Bernat Daviu founded the Garrofista (“Carobist”) movement, a group of up-and-coming painters, musicians, writers and poets brought together around the carob as a metaphor for resistance and all that which is precarious. In the activities of this group, the members inhabit a fictitious avant-garde context imaged by Bernat Daviu, working in different formats: painting, video, writing, performance and so on.
After the presentation of the Garrofista group at Fundació Joan Miró (2016 Loop Festival) and MACBA (at Antoni Miralda and Montse Guillen’s L’Internacional in April 2016), Bernat Daviu now introduces this third project at Fundació Arranz-Bravo. Garrofistes is an exhibition of portraits of group members by Daviu himself. The portraits include artists like Aldo Urbano, Marcel Rubio, Patricia Fernandez, Enric Farrés, Daniel Moreno and Lluc Baños, as well as the singer Martina Borrut, the gastronomist Susana Sunçais, the art dealer Joana Roda, the curator Caterina Almirall, the guitarist Gerard Serra, the writer Victor Balcells, the film director Marc Roca and the producer Sira Roda.
At this year’s Loop Festival (May 18-27), Marc Roca (a founder-member of the movement and co-director of its film, Guanyar-se les garrofes), will present a new film, El néctar de la inflació (“The Nectar of Inflation”, 2017). Roca will be accompanied at this presentation by Artur Tort, Marc Cuscó and Gabriel Ventura.