Spain

The Bankrupt Country as Non-Space

With unemployment rising and massive civil unrest about the impossible demands of the European Union in establishing balanced budgets, Spain has entered into the first phases of dissolving our traditional conception of the nation state. Like Greece, it’s becoming a state without a state: nothing more than a real estate investment of other, richer countries. Lara Almarcegui’s work deals with non-spaces, the unused property in cities for which there is no money or clear destination.

In the years prior to the crisis, the so-called “financial bubble” years, when speculation with real estate was a common practice in Spain (not only by banks, but also by middle class citizens), Almarcegui’s work could have been considered a counterbalance in defense of urban space’s valueless. Today, when devaluation is the general condition in Spain, her work appears under a different light. It turns to be a portrait of the country’s overall depreciation.

Almarcegui’s work is the ultimate expression of an artistic practice in a stateless state: what else can one do than declare the bankruptcy of a country as art, when there are no other financial means to provide the artist with?

Vincent van Gerven Oei, David Maroto, Jonas Staal

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation
Artist:
Lara Almarcegui
Artists:
Giorgio De Chirico; Miro George; Makhowl Moffak; Al Samman Nabil; Hannu Palosuo; Lidia Bachis
Curator:
Octavio Zaya
Open Call?
No
Selection procedure:
Appointment of the curator by the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation at the advise of the Advisory Committee for Contemporary Art.

Curator

Name:
Octavio Zaya
Gender:
Male
Born:
Spain
Lives and works in:
The United States of America
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Lara Almarcegui
Gender:
Female
Born:
Spain, 1972
Lives and works in:
The Netherlands
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Amsterdam and Madrid

Politics & Economics

State System:
Devolved parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Ruling Political Party:
Conservative Popular Party
Population (World Bank, 2011):
46,174,601
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$31,985
Unemployment (World Bank, 2011):
21.6% of the labor force
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
$11,535,000,000

Alliances


Coalition of the Willing
International Criminal Court recognized
NATO
OECD
WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1492 (Unification of Spain)
Colonial History:
Former colonial power
Former Colonies:
Mexico, Louisiana, Spanish-Florida, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Santo Domingo, Antilles, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Canary Islands, Ceuta, Melilla, Spanish Sahara, Spanish West-Africa, Spanish Morocco, Equatorial-Guinea, Oran, Kingdom of Napels, Sardinia, Spanish East Indies, Philippines, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau
International Court of Justice cases:
4
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
68
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
The economic crisis has spurred secessionist sentiment in Catalonia. Spanish sovereignty over several islands is disputed by Morocco, sovereignty over Olivenza and Táliga is disputed by Portugal, and Spain calls for sovereignty over Gibraltar
Participation in Multinational Missons:
UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti and Lebanon. EU mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.