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30 September - 17 October 2019


The history of the twentieth century is traversed by the drama of military conflicts, resulting in millions of people becoming displaced persons, exiles, expatriates and refugees.Collective dramas and individual dramas.The history of humanity itself has been built on experiences such as forced displacement, flight and asylum.The We Refugees exhibition adopts the title of a well-known essay by Hannah Arendt, published in 1943 in the Menorah Journal, a Jewish magazine in New York. Its aim is to signal and highlight the universality of exile and the construction of democratic societies under the protection of the right to asylum.

To complete and accompany the exhibition, a comprehensive programme of activities has been designed, beginning last May with two seminars, directed by Matías G. Rodríguez-Mouriño and Santiago Olmo, and focusing respectively on the musical and literary manifestations of exiles and refugees.

In September and October, some of the artists participating in the exhibition will be given their own voices through various activities, such as a workshop directed by Elo Vega and Rogelio López Cuenca; a dialogue between Carole Alfarah and the co-curator of the exhibition, Santiago Olmo; a lecture by Claudio Zulian and a performance by Jesús Palomino.On the other hand, specific aspects of the refugee experience will also be addressed through the critical perspective of specialists or scholars such as the co-curator of the Piedad Solans exhibition, the critic and historian Manuel García, expert in the Spanish Republican exile, or the professor of contemporary history, Lourenzo Fernández Prieto in the USC.



10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Artist workshop run by Elo Vega and Rogelio López Cuenca


6 p.m. Dialogue between Elo Vega and Rogelio López Cuenca

7 p.m. Dialogue between Carole Alfarah and Santiago Olmo

8 p.m. Voice and (In)Difference, presentation and performance READING_State of Siege by the artist Jesús Palomino                   


5 p.m. to 8 p.m.       Seminar From Goya’s People in Sacks to the Spatial Configuration of the Countryside. A Cartography of Residual Space, run by Piedad Solans


4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  From Goya’s People in Sacks to the Spatial Configuration of the Countryside. A Cartography of Residual Space, run by Piedad Solans

7 p.m.  Lecture by the artist Claudio Zulian


7 p.m.  Lecture by Manuel García Three Exiled Artists: Max Aub, Felix Candela and Josep Renau, followed by a colloquium with Manuel García and Lourenzo Fernández Prieto


7 p.m. Guided tour of the We Refugees exhibition with theco-curator and director of the CGAC, Santiago Olmo

ELO VEGA (Huelva, 1967) and ROGELIO LÓPEZ CUENCA (Nerja, Málaga, 1959). Visual and investigative artists who have worked together since 2005 on research and creation projects; artistic works which are, at the same time, cultural criticism mechanisms used as a political instrument. Together, they deploy their activity through audio-visual productions, exhibitions, publications, interventions in public spaces and online works, mainly carried out in conjunction with other artists or with students and researchers from different disciplines.

CAROLE ALFARAH (Damascus, Syria, 1981). Visual narrator, producer and editor of images of Syrian origin and living between Madrid and Beirut.She uses visual stories to cover social and humanitarian problems.Her work has been disseminated by numerous media outlets, NGOs and international press agencies.

JESÚS PALOMINO (Seville, 1969). His most recent work focuses on specific projects linked to participatory art and spectator policies.They are all based on real situations that require urgent reflection and have been created to offer an aesthetic commentary on topics such as human rights, ecology, cultural dialogue and democratic criticism.

PIEDAD SOLANS (Madrid, 1954). Doctor in art history, independent curator and theorist.Her work investigates the structures of violence (patriarchal, socio-political, ideological, war or post-colonial) through art, theory and post-structural history.She conducts her research in the Arab and Muslim context, focusing on feminism, policies of subalternity and new technologies.

MANUEL GARCÍA (Tangier, 1944), critic and art historian.Expert in Spanish Republican exile, he is the author of the following titles, among others:Exiliados.Diccionario biográfico del exilio cultural valenciano (Valencia, 1995), Homenaje a Manuela Ballester (Valencia, 1996), El universo de Max Aub (Valencia, 2003), Textos sobre artes.Max Aub (Valencia, 2005), Josep Renau photomontador (Instituto Cervantes, 2009) and Memorias de posguerra (University of Valencia, 2014).

LOURENZO FERNÁNDEZ PRIETO (Ribadeo, Lugo, 1961) is professor of contemporary history of the History Department of the USC and coordinator of the Histagra research group on agrarian and political history of the rural environment.He has participated as coordinator in various research projects on agrarian history, war and dictatorship, the most prominent being Nombres y Voces (Names and Voices), an interuniversity project dedicated to the study of Franco's repression during the Civil War and the dictatorship in Galicia.

CLAUDIO ZULIAN (Campodarsego, Padua, Italy, 1960) is a doctor in aesthetics, science and technology of the arts, from the University of Paris-Saint Denis.Author of a multiform work that covers cinema, television, visual arts, music, theatre and literature.An important part of his work is characterised by a sensitivity towards the social and political, and the search for distinctiveness in every medium he works in.

DIRECTORS: Santiago Olmo, Piedad Solans


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