The IVAM melts into the embrace of Teresa Lanceta: “When you knit you enter a kind of nirvana”


Five decades of creations by Teresa Lanceta, a pioneer of contemporary textile art in Spain, arrive at the IVAM with 150 works that reflect the freedom that weaving gives, from the “big hug” that opens this retrospective recently brought from MACBA to a tide of fabrics that tells stories and builds worlds.

“I started weaving and continued because it caught me: you enter a kind of nirvana,” confessed the Barcelona artist, currently based in Mutxamel (Alicante), at the presentation of the exhibition ‘Teresa Lanceta. Weaving as an open source’ that ends at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern until February 12.

After passing through Barcelona, ​​the exhibition arrives adapted to the spaces of the Valencian museum, smaller in size but with spaces that allow a better dialogue to be established between the works. “Here they are more individualized”, highlighted Lanceta accompanied by the curators Nuria Enguita, also director of IVAM, and Laura Vallés.

As a balance of her journey since the 1970s, the artist has recalled that after studying History she understood that “it is not only to review the past, but to understand the present”, she has highlighted the importance of listening to other creators –“my work exists for that of others”– and he assured that the exhibition has helped him to understand himself better: “I don’t have the same vision of my work as before”.

From there, he has exposed what makes weaving unique, a technique that “moves” and that after so many years he has realized that it is “like a binary code” that he has linked to life itself. “I have always wondered if that technique was inevitable. Has it made us the way we are or was it inevitable?”, He has illustrated her.


And it is that weaving, Enguita has proclaimed, allows us to reflect both moods and “intimate and collective times”. “It is an art linked to life, an art that builds worlds,” he asserted, something that he believes is encapsulated in this retrospective from Lanceta’s stage in the Raval to his time in Marrakech or his growth “surrounded by latent feminism.”

“She is not only a weaver, she is a historian and a storyteller”, the commissioner Vallés has summed up. It is something that the exhibition collects in the form of tapestries, from the first piece from 1972, to canvases, paintings, drawings, writings, audios and videos.

The starting point is large-format suspended works, facing each other on two sides of the wall, after which the exhibition is organized in five rooms based on pairs of concepts: collectivity and authorship, remediation and history, performativity and matter and orality and Biography.

By areas, the first is ‘Fabrics (1972-2022)’ and is made up of two immense murals made of materials such as wool or jarapa, followed by ‘Don’t buy the hours (1987-2015)’ from Lanceta’s travels, ‘The Spanish carpet of the fifteenth century (2004-2019)’ and its rich geometry, ‘The passage of the Ebro (2013-2015)’ about the battle of the Civil War or ‘Waiting for the future (1984-2022)’ about his experiences in Raval with red and black fabrics.


Despite being conceived as a retrospective, the exhibition does not follow a chronological order nor is it an individual exhibition, since the creator said a long time ago that she did not want to work alone and here she goes a step further by sharing authorship with artists such as Olga Diego, Pedro G. Romero and Xabier Salaberria, the curator Leire Vergara, the collective La Trinxera or the artist and thinker Nicolas Malevé.

Two of the most special collaborations in the exhibition are those of the Miquel Tarradell Institute in Raval, as it was the Barcelona neighborhood that most marked him, or that of Virginia García del Pino. This filmmaker edited the film ‘Las cigarreras’ based on the testimonies that the artist rescued from the workers of the Alicante tobacco factory when it closed.

Along with the exhibition, which will be presented to the public this Thursday the 6th at 7:00 p.m., there are scheduled activities such as the talk ‘They are the dangerous ones. Feminine sexual initiative’ (December 23) or the performance ‘Up and Down Stairs’ (January 27) by Pedro G. Romero together with Lanceta herself and the bailaoras Javiera de la Fuente, Fuensanta ‘La Moneta’ and Ana Morales. There are also guided tours during the weekends until February.

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The IVAM melts into the embrace of Teresa Lanceta: “When you knit you enter a kind of nirvana”

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