By Verónica Gerber Bicecci
The last of four special publications to accompany a display of works from Barcelona’s ”la Caixa” Collection at Whitechapel Gallery, selected by and featuring newly-commissioned fictional works by some of the most original English and Spanish-language authors writing today.
Established in Barcelona in 1985 by ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation, the ”la Caixa” Collection features over 1,000 works of international contemporary art from the last 30 years, including artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Joseph Beuys, Cornelia Parker and Doris Salcedo.
For a major four-part display running from 2019–20, Whitechapel Gallery has partnered with ”la Caixa” to showcase key pieces from the Collection, with each of the four ‘chapters’ curated by a contemporary writer, who will also contribute a brand new work of fiction in response to their selection. Each display will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue featuring the works displayed and the new text.
The final chapter, on display in Spring 2020, will be selected by by Verónica Gerber Bicecci (b. Mexico City, 1981). She has written for Letras Libras and Granta, amongst others, and is the author of two books, Mudanza (2010) and Empty Set (2018). Her response to the collection imagines a dystopian world after ecological catastrophe has reconfigured the planet, taking inspiration from Donna Haraway, Greta Thunberg and Felix Salten's Bambi, A Life in the Woods. The publication will also include a text by Harry Thorne.
Paperback, 136 pages, 225 x 145 mm
20 colour illustrations
First published 2020
Other authors in the series are Enrique Vila-Matas, Maria Fusco and Tom McCarthy