"Alma mater "
As part of the "Anatomies of the soul"
cycle selected by Ferran Barenblit, the Joan Miro Foundation is presenting
Alma mater, an exhibition by the artist Paco Cao.
Paco Cao made a name for himself in 1993 with his Rent a Body, which
offered the public the opportunity of hiring his body at different tariffs.
The Basic Rate was for his mere physical presencel the Premium Rate included
manual work, and the De Luxe Rate covered the use of his entire intellectual
potential. The project took Paco Cao to the United States where he had considerable
success working with Creative Time, a New York organization promoting artistic
projects of all kinds.
Leaving behind this idea of a public person for hire, Paco Cao's
exhibition Alma mater is based on the same premise but explores its
more intimate aspects. "Alma materis.a starting.point that combines
the concepts of soul and motherhood, and has enabled me to link images and
ideas around the peSrmanent duality of the emotional and the physical,"
says the artist, adding that "It also includes direct references to
my own mother."
The exhibition consists of various objects articulated around two walls.
Turnstiles invite the viewer to enter a space. This invitation is not necessary
for it is not an enclosed space. The private space of the artist is always
vulnerable, especially if, among the sculptures, are vending machines dispensing
canned drinks, altered in various ways and covered with photographs of him
and his mother.
Alma mater is a reflection on the search for an origin but also on
the desire to delimit the artist's intimate space. It is, perhaps, the logical
consequence of Rent a Body.