This installation by Clara Gassiot can be seen at Montjuïc Castle until 1 October.
Questioning fortresses from within a fortress. Speaking about peace in a place that has experienced the cruelty of war. The Girona artist Clara Gassiot aims to stage a reflection on the history and the past of Montjuïc Castle, casting doubt on the essence and functionality of the building itself and contemplating a new look towards the future. And she’s doing all of this in the castle courtyard in an installation titled Qüestionant fortaleses. Brodant diàlegs, which can be seen until 1 October.
Visitors will find the courtyard crisscrossed with cables from which white flags are hanging, some carrying embroidered messages. The white flag, a symbol of peace, is thus becomes a tribute to all the people who have been victims of violence within or from the castle. According to Clara Gassiot, "Historical memory should ensure that these things do not fall into oblivion, and that this memory should be constructive, creating a visible and impartial memory that paves the way for social interaction, self-consciousness and the creation of education for peace".
Gassiot's artistic career has been eclectic and multidisciplinary. She has worked in the fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, installations and digital arts. The human condition on a general scale, or women, spirituality, death and peace, more specifically, are the topics on which she reflects in her work. In 2017 she will commemorate the 25th anniversary of her first exhibition. Since 1992, she has participated in more than fifty.
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