Fito Conesa

The exhibition entitled “Symphony for Rouyn-Noranda” is Fito Conesa’s first solo exhibition: an installation that combines video, music and a series of scores on methacrylate.
This work closes a trilogy on mining, landscape and change, consisting of “Helicon”, which was acquired by MACBA, “El Reparo”, winner of the Alfonso X Awards, and “Symphony for Rouyn-Noranda”, which was presented as the result of the Homesession exchange program.
The lyrics composed by himself- are based on ideas of the landscape and mining in the area of Rouyn-Noranda where he was carrying out his artistic residency. The piece was performed by a soprano from the village.
“Vibrant rust, viral melody.
Flat nitrate and major chords.
Copper cry, floral dystopia,
historical engine, natural driver
What artificial alchemy hides under my skin?
What deadly hieroglyph at the bottom of the water?”

The trace of industrial activity on the environment tells a story. This story, written by the market players, serves as a pivot around which founding characters and events revolve. These annals regulate our choices, our lives.  Underneath, there are parallel, different stories. Bringing them all together, with the intention that they cancel each other out, without denying the holes, mounds and ruins inherent in the extraction of natural resources, sums up the process. “A new beginning, that’s what I’m looking for.”

 ”I am not a musician, but I work with music. I’m not a video artist, but I work with video, Ah Ah!” The decompartmentalization of mediums is an invitation to dialogue between present and past, between visible and secret, with the avowed aim of achieving the total work.

Fito Conesa (Cartagena 1980) is an artist and programmer. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. He has worked teaching and developing workshops for the educational department of “La Caixa” Foundation. He worked as the art director of the campaign “Santo Domingo Verde” for the city council of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and was part of the tutorial team of the Sala d’Art Jove (2012).
His works have been exhibited in different museums and festivals such as Oslo Screen Festival 2010, Barcelona Loop Fair 2009-2012, Barcelona International Poetry Festival, Spanish Cultural Centre of the Dominican Republic, Matadero Madrid, CaixaForum (Lleida, Tarragona, Barcelona).
He has participated in several publications such as Zeitgeist: Variations & Repetitions (Save as… publications, 2010), Unique Window Display (Loft Publications, 2009) and Suite for Ordinary Machinery (Save as… publications, 2008). The latter became part of the holdings of the library of the Tate Modern (London), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Reina Sofía and MACBA. From 2014 to autumn 2017 he directed and coordinated Habitació1418, the CCCB and MACBA project for young people aged 14 to 18.