A map. A journey through art through the territory or, at least, projected from the origin or the connection that its protagonists have with it. This is how La Mar de Arte de Cartagena has designed its program for this year. Called ‘NOVA’, the exhibition proposal of La Mar de Músicas, curated by the gallery owners of T20, Nacho Ruiz and Carolina Parra, is an artistic showcase with representation of the seventeen Spanish regions, six spaces and twenty artists.
It can be enjoyed from July 14 to September 12 and will show a wide range of works by artists born or linked to each of the 17 autonomous communities. ‘NOVA’ was presented yesterday at ARCO by the mayor of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, taking advantage of the celebration of the 40th edition of the Madrid contemporary art fair.
Ángel Mateo Charris and Víctor Jaenada.
Cultural Room (Calle Ronda 7)
Fernando Renes and Abigail Lazkoz.
Tavern La Uva Jumillana
Yann Leto and FOD.
Domus of the Portico
Irma Álvarez Laviada, Elvira Amor, Natividad Bermejo, Miren Doiz and Sonia Navarro.
José Maldonado, Javier Arce, Dora Catarineu, Nico Combarro, PSJM, Daniel Verbis, Nicholas Woods and Santiago Ydáñez.
El Batel Auditorium
Daniel García Andújar.
Twenty artists will participate in ‘NOVA’, four of them from the Region: Ángel Mateo Charris and Dora Catarineu from Cartagena and Sonia Navarro and FOD from Lumbrere. They are joined by 16 more creators, one for each of the rest of the autonomous communities: Santiago Ydáñez for Andalusia, Yann Leto for Aragón, Irma Álvarez Laviada for Asturias, PSJM for the Canary Islands, Javier Arce for Cantabria, Daniel Verbis for Castilla la Mancha, Fernando Renes for Castilla León, Víctor Jaenada for Catalonia, José Maldonado for Extremadura, Nico Combarro for Galicia, Nicholas Woods for the Balearic Islands, Elvira Amor for Madrid, Miren Doiz for Navarra, Natividad Bermejo for La Rioja, Abigail Lazkoz for the Basque Country and Daniel García Andújar for Valencia.
Elvira Amor, Daniel García Andújar, José Maldonado, Sonia Navarro and Charris are some of the selected artists
“The result of the project is a powerful choral show”, explained the mayor of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, in the presentation of the program, which she defined taking as a starting point one of the exhibitions that will be shown in Cartagena: ‘The People’s Museum’ by García Andújar. “A project –explained Arroyo– inspired by the nobility of the ‘Pedagogical Missions’, when in 1931, aboard a truck, a handful of teachers, artists and intellectuals set out along goat paths and winding roads to take the most remote and poorer towns in Spain copies of the most famous paintings in the Prado Museum ». This idea will be staged next Wednesday with “an action that will travel through some of the streets of the city center in an act that aims to be a true open-air art festival,” added Arroyo.
Among the proposals that will arrive in Cartagena you can see ‘Pacíficos’, by Ángel Mateo Charris, an exhibition that will occupy the Archaeological Museum of Cartagena, where the exhibition will acquire a special meaning, since in it there is an archeology of impossible sites, of what imagined and visited in the artist’s trips to Polynesia. In this space the work of the Catalan Víctor Jaenada will also be seen.
Fernando Renes will share the stage – a new room on Ronda Street – with Abigail Lazkoz. Renes will show his animated ceramic works full of ironic and political messages; and Lazkoz will exhibit pieces in which he investigates the possibilities of expanded drawing.
La Uva Jumillana Tavern, in the center of Cartagena, is the venue chosen by the artists Yann Leto and FOD to exhibit their works. Leto will show his paint job and the Murcian FOD will be present with an installation on the terrace of the tavern made of lacquered iron.
In the room of the Domus del Pórtico, the exhibition ‘Of Gods and Muses’ will be seen, in which five artists (Sonia Navarro, Elvira Amor, Miren Doiz, Irma Álvarez Laviada and Natividad Bermejo) will explore the different artistic languages.
The Town Hall, for its part, will host a wide selection of pieces that dialogue with each other and with the space itself. You will see a mural by PSJM, an artistic creation, theory and management team included among the hundred most representative artists of international political art, or a mural created by Verbis, a large-format abstract painting that recalls natural textures. You can also see the work of Nicholas Woods, Cartagena’s Dora Catarineu, José Maldonado or Santiago Ydáñez.
On the other hand, the mayor of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, took advantage of her visit to Madrid to meet with the ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Spain, Juan Bolívar Díaz Santana, in order to start the project that will be carried out next year in the 27th edition of the festival, which will be dedicated to this Caribbean country.
“The cultural landing of the Dominican Republic in our city will be the largest that has ever been done in our country,” said Arroyo, who announced that “although bachata and merengue will be present, the festival will give special attention to the alternative scene Dominican, which in recent years is gaining weight.
This presence of the Dominican Republic in La Mar de Músicas was scheduled for 2020, but with the arrival of the pandemic it had to be suspended.