Eladio Aguilera. Para hacer poemas, no se bebe agua

Para hacer poemas, no se bebe agua is a project that reflects on one of the quintessential spaces of art: bars, cafes, taverns, bistros. From Vienna to Montmartre, from the Raval to Montjuic, in our collective imagination the history of these enclaves is linked to the artistic and cultural effervescence of a city. Bars are places of meeting and parliament, where discourse is generated from the dialectical and emotional exchange between acquaintances and newcomers. There the communication flows thanks to the silent intervention of a liquid guest: alcohol. This is how the famous French vocalist Barbara sang it: “Pour faire des poèmes, on boit pas de l’eau” (‘To make poems, we don’t need water’) -, in her song “L’Absinthe” ( 1972) dedicated to the poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine and their relationship with the “green fairy”. In our cultural narrative alcohol is related to artists almost more than to art, as it is to life.

The exhibition aims to be a catalog of images and objects about the alcoholic infrastructure of a bar. Glasses, chairs, tables, handles, bottles contain a special power that contains desire: the promise of happiness channeled through an object and the liberating experience that we give it. Coexisting between objects, diverse people know each other and generate knowledge. In this sense, the bar is a sacred emotional and cultural gym space.

The installation incorporates a series of paintings that give a nod to artistic episodes that intersect alcohol, artistic production and the artist’s personal experience. The personal stories of the artists are distilled in the form of an image, revealing the presence of creators such as Joseph Beuys, Martin Kippenberger and Margherite Duras. Thus, while the German artist appears outside, half naked and vital, the French writer presents herself gathered in the solitude of the kitchen with flowers reminiscent of her Montparnasse tomb. The series was born from a stay of Eladio Aguilera in Paris at the end of 2020, in which the artist, deprived of social relations as a result of the pandemic, became interested in the biographies of different French creators who were transferred and buried. in the cemeteries of the capital.

Eladio Aguilera (Seville, 1995) graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Seville. He holds a Master’s degree in Artistic Production and Research from the University of Barcelona and is currently pursuing a doctoral program in Advanced Studies in Artistic Production (EAPA) at the same university. As an artist, he has been selected in calls and residencies such as Ajudes Injuve, Sala d’Art Jove de Barcelona, ​​Biennial of Art of Girona, Art Emergent Sabadell les I grants for the production of the BilbaoArte Foundation, the JCE residence ( young European creation) in Paris in 2020, the XXI Exhibition of Contemporary Art DMència in Córdoba in 2019, the XXXIV Exhibition of Young Art of La Rioja in the ESDIR of Logroño or the I Meeting of Photographic Creation of Andalusia in the CAF (Andalusian Center for Photography) in 2017. He has had exhibitions at the Blueproject Foundation in 2021 and at the VUNU Gallery in Košice, Slovakia; at the Art Center of the city of Vrá in Denmark in 2020, at Le Beffroi de Montrouge in the Paris region; at HYBRID FEST in Madrid in 2019, at the Center for Contemporary Art in Málaga, at the Birimbao Gallery in Seville, at the Les Cigarreres Cultural Center in Alicante, at the El Butrón Gallery in Seville in 2018, at the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art of Seville.