Picture: The electric scissors

18 april – 9 june
Rooms 4 and 5. First floor

Next Thursday, April 18, at 8:00 p.m., the Eugenio Granell Foundation inaugurates the exhibition “The Electric Scissors” by the artists Lo Super and Aurora Duque de la Torre, curated by Eduardo Valiña, which can be visited in rooms 4 and 5 of the first floor of the museum until May 31.

The exhibition is an encounter of the work of Lo Super and Aurora Duque de La Torre with Amparo Segarra, through an exhibition based on the collage technique. Both artists share a special admiration for Amparo Segarra, Eugenio Granell’s partner, with whom they agree in the approaches of her plastic and vital concept. The artworks that make up The Electric Scissors cover various topics such as the visibility of women, sexuality, identity, stereotypes, or gender roles, as well as the fight against discrimination against the LGTBI+ group, always being linked to political and social criticism. At the same time, the guiding threads of the exhibition are based on a surrealist foundation that conveys great poetic content.

The Madrid-based artist and philologist Aurora Duque de la Torre configures a creative, activist, and interdisciplinary discourse. Loyal to her principles when creating her works, many of her collages revolve around breaking stereotypes associated with women and making sexual, bodily, and social dissidence visible. Aurora creates other realities in which women are the protagonists and are empowered, making an immediate impression on the viewer. Likewise, we find in her work more intimate related themes such as illness, oblivion, old age, mourning and memory. The artist works by hand and the materials she uses most frequently are old magazines, photographs, and postcards, in addition to other elements such as threads and random found objects.

She has exhibited in numerous galleries in Spain. She received the FeticoAequalitas Award as a feminist artist and in recognition of her career for equality. Her work is in the collection of DADA-Zentrum, Germany, and in the Scandinavian Collage Museum, Norway.

Lo Super defines herself as an “Art Worker.” This plastic artist, Castilian from La Mancha, based in Madrid, experiments with different creative disciplines such as sound art, photomontage, and collage. Super combines analogue compositional methods with digital techniques, thus creating imagery full of visual effects. The artist finds aesthetic value in everyday objects such as square brackets, street posters, Lego bricks, electronic components, and a long etcetera, which for her are treasures of “garbage” that she transforms into highly critical and impactful iconic works of art.

Super also shows a special interest in making visible the historical memory of women in different areas of society, as well as the values of the most vulnerable, attacked and discriminated against groups due to their gender, such as transgender and queer people.

Recognised by the National Museum of Gdansk in Poland, she has an extensive artistic career exhibiting in spaces that are landmarks for art such as the Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona CCCB, the Matadero Madrid, the MAC Florencio de la Fuente, the Laboral in Gijón, the Condeduque, the former Prisonof Palencia LECRÁC, or the Madrid Region’s Red Itiner programme.

In addition, Super has participated in art festivals such as “Future Identities” within the alternative programming of the Venice Biennale, or “Kaos Festival”, in Slovenia, this being one of the most important collage festivals in Europe. She combines all this by imparting sound art and collage workshops in different spaces such as Madrid’s Casa Encendida, Malaga’s Lad Térmica, or Ponferrada’s Fábrica de la Luz. Finally, it should be noted that this year Super has been selected for the “Amalia Avia” Women in Art Awards and Exhibition of the Institute of Women of Castilla-La Mancha.

On the other hand, the two artists form the Fantasía Collage group, a protest initiative with trans-feminist and anti-capitalist ideals. This gave rise to The Revolution of the Bodies, a video art project that maintains the spirit of the urban techniques of Street Collage and that was part of the LOOP Festival in Barcelona and the Alliances of Care and Desire in New York. The artists also organize different activities and initiatives such as workshops imparted at the Women’s Institute within the cultural agenda called La Casa Abierta. Another noteworthy project was the video tribute they made for the parallel project, curated by Semíramis González, called “Leonora Carrington, Revelation,” held in the Fundación Mapfre.