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Raquel Friera for Camins Il·lustrats, Vilanova i la Geltrú 2019.

Raquel Friera makes an adaptation of the project (Wo)Manresa developed within the framework of Transversal Aesthetics 2016 - 2017. Camins il·lustrats is an Idensitat project carried out for #Bibliolab of the Diputació de Barcelona for developing projectes together with public libraries to bring artistic practices closer in reading environments. In this project an exhibition has been made that collects illustrated books, some of them based on collaborative artistic projects, as is the case of (Wo)Manresa.

(Wo)Manresa continues the line of work which Raquel Freira has followed since 2015, as part of the project Feminizing Art History, in which the artist reinterprets a series of historic works of performance art by men. (Wo)Manresa is inspired this time by the action called Manresa which the the German artist Joseph Beuys performed in 1966 at the Schmela gallery in Düsseldorf. The artist took from Beuys' performance the idea of the journey as the main strand, but from the field of the imaginary and socioeconomic, not symbolic. In the present context, in her project, Raquel Friera undertook a series of journeys directed towards a criticism of gender and work, so interpreting the "wounds" in Beuys' work based upon the working experience of women, going into depth regarding the in/compatibility between "reproductive work" (domestic and caring work) and "productive work", or work done for pay. Based upon five meetings and debates with women from Manresa, the artist imagined possible locations where these labour and socioeconomic problems might be resolved. Beuys' individual journey among symbolic elements thus ended up transported, as a shared journey towards an imaginary destination, created and conceived by a women's group, formed by: Dolors Bosch, Maite Casals, Fina Gil, Dolors Reifs, Rosa Serra i Cristina de Zárate.

The project resulted in the creation of an imaginary railway line with five stops corresponding to five cities designed by the women's group, based upon dynamics which identified the problems of productive and reproductive work, and which formulated creative solutions. The resulting maps, imitating the aesthetics of promotional material for Renfe, the Spanish state railway line, are available at Manresa train station, alongside a number of postcards which passengers are free to take with them.
The (Wo)Manresa line illustrations were made by: Emma Gascó, Inma Serrano, Isa Ruiz, Sònia Estévez i Núria Frago.

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