The Consortium Centro Federico García Lorca exhibits Abel Jaramillo's work, 'A black sound', in collaboration with the new edition of FACBA 2020 (Contemporary Art Festival Fine Arts 2020), with the purpose of promoting the emerging artists.
A black sound
In 1933, Federico García Lorca wrote a lecture entitled Juego y teoría del Duende [Theory and Play of the Duende] which developed a series of ideas surrounding the aesthetic theory and processes of artistic creation, as a series of elements and references on his understanding of the term duende. In one of these examples, he spoke of the cantaor [flamenco singer] Manuel Torre, saying that on listening to Falla's Nocturno del Generalife [Nights in the Gardens of Spain], stated: "All that has dark sounds has duende".
This exhibition uses this reference to duende to examine memory, love and death through the links between Federico García Lorca's works and the stage and film production of Celestino Coronado (Puebla de Sancho Pérez, Badajoz, 1944 – London, 2014), a filmmaker who maintained a close connection to music, literature and theatre in his films, most of which are today lost or forgotten. Amongst his most prominent works is Duende. Poema fantástico para Federico García Lorca [Duende. Fantastic Poem for Federico García Lorca], a project developed with legendary actor and dancer Lindsay Kemp's company, of which he was an associate director. Duende is a fantastic poem, a staged homage to Lorca which, far from being a biographical film, experimentally explores the radical aesthetics of his poetry by means of mime, music, and the visual power that Kemp's company was known for.
Duende. Poema fantástico para Federico García Lorca is one of the Lindsay Kemp Company's most tortured works, a symbolic dreamscape of Lorca's universe where the power of the gesture and the word, combined with music by the Chilean composer Carlos Miranda (Chile, 1945 – El Valle, Granada, 2016), showcase the poet's imaginary. After its premiere in Rome in 1980, the critic Tomasso Chiaretti would say: "Duende is the most original and spectacular homage ever offered to García Lorca [...] an even older tragedy, a tragedy that Góngora and Goya come from". An even older tragedy, with deep roots, that black sound that carries the duende, is the creative place where, as Lorca would say, there is "a rail of saltpetre flowers, where a nation goes to contemplate death". From this idea of duende, A Black Sound suggests expressions of memory by means of images and narratives that flicker in the shadows: inheritance, the roots and echoes of the past that still ring out in the present. A multitude of narratives from a dark place where we must feel our way blindly. There is a nation behind the curtains: guess, see if you are right. If you can feel which one of all of them I am, speak to me of the black sounds.
Abel Jaramillo (b. 1993, Badajoz) is a Fine Arts graduate of Universidad de Castilla la Mancha (Spain), and a Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal). He obtained his Masters in Contemporary, Technological and Performance Art by the Universidad del País Vasco (Spain).
Abel Jaramillo develops his work through the search of strategies that alter or subvert the habitual logic of understanding different contexts. He is interested in the cracks of history, the stories in the margins, how they are produced and builds different discourses and the political tensions which are projected in the everyday.
His practice focuses on the frictions and dissensions that are produced when dialoguing events, actions and images that reveal historical relationships, present conflicts and future speculations. Through hybrid processes that include video, installation, performance, sculpture, text and photography, he investigates the construction of history from below, the production of discourses and the relationship between stories, territories, margins and peripheries.